turenscape: shanghai houtan park best landscape project at WAF 2010
turenscape: shanghai houtan park   best landscape project at WAF 2010 turenscape: shanghai houtan park   best landscape project at WAF 2010
nov 12, 2010

turenscape: shanghai houtan park best landscape project at WAF 2010

‘shanghai houtan park’ by turenscape all photographs by kongjian yu

‘shanghai houtan park’ by beijing-based practice turenscape is the winning project in the best landscape category at this year’s world architecture festival in barcelona. built on a brownfield of a former industrial site, the park was designed for the 2010 shanghai world expo to accommodate for a large number of visitors during the event’s running time and then remain as a permanent waterfront park by the huangpu river.  outfitted with a series of constructed wetland, the restorative design strategy treats polluted river water and recover the degraded area in an aesthetically pleasing way.

‘shanghai houtan park is an inspiring high performance, but low maintenance design that could be applied to many polluted waterfronts worldwide,’ said the judges.

view of the huangpu river

previously owned by a steel factory and a shipyard, the site is a narrow 14-hectare strip that runs alongside the waterfront. the water in the area was highly polluted, considered unsafe for recreational use, and devoid of aquatic life. the design integrates through the center of the park a linear constructed wetland that reinvigorates the huangpu river as a living machine. carefully selected species of plants absorb a wide variety of pollutants from the water while manmade cascades and terraces naturally oxygenate the river. the treated water was used throughout the expo for non-potable use and saved an estimated half a million USD over conventional water treatment methods.

site plan and section showing the water-cleaning mechanism of the tiered wetlands

the meandering boardwalk along the wetland creates a way in which the visitors can be submerged within the landscape. creating a series of visually interesting vantage point, the project provides a refuge from the urban life, recreation, education, and research. built between the elevation of the water’s edge and the elevation of the city road 3-5 meters above, the terraces connect the people back to the river.

filtrating plants

terraces made from decomposable bamboo

the former industrial life of the site still remains through the reclamation of old structures and materials. old steel panels are folded and placed along the route to frame views of shanghai’s skyline while others provide shelters and a space for repose.

crops such as sunflowers and rice are grown to make the landscape productive and educational

hanging garden designed onto the existing industrial structure

deck space built on the cargo pier

platform along the huangpu river

the steel arbor is composed of recycled steel panels from the site

native grasses and wetland plants

floating garden designed around the existing cargo pier

fly-by view

site plan

  • Truly, truly inspirational! Thank you!

    JAH says:
  • i’ve been there several monther before, i insist that’s a boring design.

    tarzaner says:
  • Yeah! I think it’s beautifully executed, E L E G A N T.

    e says:
  • Before man was there I’m sure some of the same plants were doing the same thing. Make this be a lesson for every city in the world to follow. It’s about time good design has been featured.

    Ray says:
  • I think that biodiversity is a lesson of integrity of human beings ..So this project signs a different consciousness of relathionship betwenn men and environment

    michele stanziale says:
  • a blow to the entire process and theories of water treatments. a great work of synchronizing man and nature. and a work of hope for a better future. hats off to the team behind – from concept to completion.

    lakshmi.p.k. says:

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