The Demonstration Section of Yangpu Riverside Public Space is the initialing stage for the public space development project of the area. It is highly important for it is a benchmark not only for the area, but also for the entire 45km long riverside restoration project. For the dense factories aligning along the shore, the architect, one of the citizens living the area for many years, was never able to walk up to the Huangpu River in this region. “Can’t see the river next to you” has been a problem for the urban space for nearly a hundred years. When first getting to site after many obstacles along the way, standing on the old wharf, feeling the moorings carved by time and looking at skyscrapers of Lujiazui in the distance, we realized that this could be a dramatic transformation on the city’s urban space, and would be a great opportunity to demonstrate the city’s rich culture of industrial development.
▼清晨的液铝码头，liquid aluminum wharf
▼清晨西侧入口处往来的市民，residents exercising on the footbridge at daybreak
Excavation and revitalization of existing industrial remains
We kept the structures, scratches and textures as the most genuine, vivid and sensitive reflection of the site’s history. This is the “specialization” and “materialization” of memory that we want to present in this project. Standing on old wharfs with your back against a mooring pole, and gazing at Lujiazui CBD in the distance, you can feel the continuity of the city’s culture and the density of time.
▼1、2号码头间搭建的钢栈桥，the steel pier connecting wharf No.1 and No.2
▼复合功能的钢廊架，sloped corridor for composite functions
▼钢索坡道廊架和奔跑的小孩，a child running in the sloped corridor
▼广场上用栓船桩布置形成的矩阵，an array of moorings as the main landscape factor for a plaza
The ecological concept of landscape design
Applying a limited intervention and low impact design strategy, we designed a restoration system of the ecological environment based on the spatial condition of the factories and the local eco system. Behind the original floodwall there was a valley area with many aquatic plant inhabiting a small water puddle. We kept the topology and inserted a ecological wetland which collects rainwater. It collects and reserve water during heavy rain, decreasing the pressure on the drainage system, and reuse it for irrigation of the area’s vegetation through a pump-powered water circulation system. The plants for vegetation are mainly reeds and water-resistant arbor, which are commonly seen in the local eco system. The tectonics of passageways features a light steel structure that minimalizes impact to the environment during construction and in visual aspects places an interesting juxtaposition of industrial and natural landscape.
▼芦苇丛的自然野趣，landscape with natrual features formed by reeds
▼夏日傍晚纳凉的周边居民，nearby residents spending a cool evening by the river in summer times
▼雨水湿地 钢结构栈桥 和 历史建筑，the wetland, passageway and the preserved historical building
▼雨水花园内的钢结构廊桥和凉亭，steel frame structured pavilion and passageway in the wetland
The reuse and integration of infrastructure in landscape design
The Yangshupu water plant poses a challenge but also a chance in the connection of Huangpu River waterfronts. Linkage was achieved by utilizing infrastructures and their structural parts as foundation of new constructions. Also, including the facilitating parts into landscape design offers a new and inspiring perspective for visitors and new content to landscape design and public activity.
▼水厂栈桥和保留的保留系缆墩，the preserved mooring structure in front of the water plant
▼同水厂建筑相结合的坡道，slopes integrating the factory and public space
▼湿地通道方式结构示意图，structural diagram of the passage way in the wetland
▼剖面及节点图，sections and details
structural diagram of the footbridge passing the water plant/construction diagram of the sloped corridor/detail of sloped corridor