Location: Nanmatou Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Site area: 2100㎡
Building Area: 790㎡ of landscape structure
Client: People's Government of Zhoujiadu Street, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Collaborator: Shanghai Pudong New District Planning Construction Design Co.,Ltd.
Project Construction: Shanghai Pudong New Area Sanlin Urban-rural Construction and Development Co., LTD
Design Duration: 2019.04 - 2019.09
Construction Duration: 2019.10 - 2020.05
Structural form: Steel frame structure
The Changli Garden functions as the western boundary for the Changwu community. It’s an inhabitable space, a buffer that remedies some of the problems of the modern urban environment and promotes a spiritual quality for the neighborhood.
Changwu, an enclosed, gated and high-density residential compound, was built in the 1990s, as part of efforts to relocate people from the city center during Shanghai’s rapid development. Its somewhat harsh design lacked any benign public environments. In 2018, the commercial
stores on the western side of Changwu were deemed illegal and demolished, leaving a wasteland of a width ranging from 6-8 meters. Instead of beautifying the solid and unsympathetic compound wall, the land in along it was developed into a linear garden, where people could enjoy themselves, rather than just pass by.
The project’s structure integrated with adjacent buildings and gaps, and wove together the internal environment with external sidewalks. Following studies on residents' daily routes and behaviors, the project accommodated various scenarios throughout its dynamic form – an after-school playground for children; a destination for the elderly; a walking trail for residents; a bus stop waiting area for passengers. The Changli Garden, a winding corridor, behaved as a thick, elastic, and containing wall for the Changwu community.
The project employs a light steel frame structure and recovered materials, including hollow bricks and recycled masonry fragments. A local construction team was engaged to keep costs low, and meet fast construction targets. The project has preserved all the existing trees onsite, and re-situated them to suit the new structure, generating a vibrant urban environment.
The project inherited the essence of the Chinese garden, celebrating a public space, home to social interaction, by introducing nature to the daily lives of its visitors. Moreover, the project adopted traditional strategies of garden design to tackle uncertainties in this community-based project, and embraced residents' suggestions feedback, and even oppositions to achieve an agreeable result for all.