#33 art district

Year: 2015
Size: 17 ha
Type: masterplan
Status: competition
Location: Dongguan, Guangdong, China
Client: Yongzheng Cultural Group

Partners in charge: Chen Chen, Nicola Saladino, Federico Ruberto
Design team: Yang Xue, Wei Zhao, Wenbo Wu

External collaborator: CC Ltd.

Located in Dongguan, #33 Art District envisions the urban regeneration of an industrial site of 16.6 hectares into a campus for creative industry – a dynamic hub for innovation, collaboration and production – that could play an important role in Dongguan’s transition from an industrial to a knowledge-based economy. The masterplan on the one hand aims at introducing new programs into the vacant buildings, forming new functional clusters, on the other hand it retrofits public urban spaces and landscape elements into the existing urban fabric. Through a series of interventions at different scales, the design of the campus redefines new ways of living, working and learning that span both indoor and outdoor.

An ecological framework integrates storm water management, phyto-remediation and urban farming on multiple levels, structuring the new public spaces. In a climate with heavy rain precipitations, the flatness of the site could generate risks of urban flooding. The different drainage conditions are studied and evaluated in order to introduce a series of rain gardens and permeable surfaces linked by bio-swales that help slow down surface runoff at extreme storm events, collecting and cleaning rain water for irrigation purposes. Phyto-remediation uses successive phases of planting to cleanse the soil contamination inherited from previous industrial activities (electronic, textile, manufactory industries were active onsite). Before the ground is completely transformed into clean soil, urban farming is introduced on roof gardens that can be adopted by the adjacent communities.

The overall green infrastructure system not only responds to the environmental challenges of the current brown field, but also helps create diverse outdoor spatial experiences that provide a unique identity to the campus. Pedestrian accessibility and leisure activities are enhanced through a series of interconnected elements. A “loop” cuts through the buildings on the ground floor, forming a continuous path activated 24/7, even after all the offices close at night. It links all the daily lifestyle attractors (café, gym, grocery, etc.) for the people that work and live on campus and connects to the adjacent plazas to create a more fluid pedestrian experience.

An elevated path runs across the site diagonally providing a multi-layered network of informal meeting areas such as an amphitheater and various public terraces, which ultimately encourage socialization, cross-disciplinary discussion and collaboration. The sky-bridge activates the 2nd floor of the retail areas and leads to the observation tower and a tree-path in the south-west park. The original main street is transformed from a 4-lane vehicle road into a slow traffic corridor where pedestrian paving, bicycle lanes, bio-swales and car lanes interweave providing a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape. Integrated pockets of outdoor sitting areas work with cafes and restaurants along the main axis.



步行可达性和体验的提升也是该方案的重要目标之一。方案提出的“步行圈”穿越单体建筑的商业首层,即使在商场关门后仍是一个连续的步道系统。为支持大部分使用者将在园区同时工作和居住的特殊模式,它将一系列日常生活商铺(咖啡厅,健身房,便利店等)联系起来,形成了一个1.0公里的生活方式圈,是贯通整个园区的重要空间线索。同时,因其联通原本被建筑体量打断的各个小广场而提供了更加连贯通畅的步行体验。斜穿整个园区的架空布道则是一个多层次的步行公共空间网络,将一系列可以开展自发会议和头脑风暴的露天剧场、休息区等场所串联在一起,意在为促进跨学科领域的合作和交流创造环境。它同时激活了二层的商业界面,并指向位于西南侧公园的观景塔和公园丛林步道。此外,为提供更为步行友善的街景环境,贯穿场地南北四车道的主路被转化为双车道的慢速轴线。蜿蜒的车道与步行铺地、自行车道、停车、生物廊道交织在一起, 形成更为丰富有活力的步行体验街区。