Our starting points were the winning elements of our concept design. Shanghai is planning an ecological belt all around the metropolitan area of which our project area is an important part. Therefore, we focused on this belt, dividing it in three landscape zones. The first zone is an agricultural zone where visitors can both experience traditional organic agriculture and the modern agricultural technology and science. The second zone is the coastal area bordering the sea, which will become a large-scale area for recreational activities. The third zone, an ecological zone including forests and wetland, will become a new type of landscape connecting the yet existing landscapes: the coastal zone and the agricultural zones.
The Chuanyang river is one the few direct water connections from Shanghai to the sea. Therefore, the river will form an important corridor to the sea for the Shanghai people. To optimize the experience of the landscape for the Shanghai citizens and to connect the various landscape types within the area, we created a slow traffic system: separate paths for cycling, running and walking. By creating islands the ocean border is softened. Furthermore, intelligent phased water systems in these wetlands will purify the water.
Shanghai has built seven countryside parks with the Hequing Countryside park being the largest. Therefore it will become a very important recreation area for the citizens and tourists, while also being part of the green corridor and helping to balance the cities’ coastal climate.
Click here a overview of the winning design of the Heqing Countryside Park Competition