The Songjiang development (designed in collaboration with Rafael Viñoly Architects), is a 153-acre project that includes a series of office towers with a strong commercial component (featuring shops,restaurants, and a hotel) and a vast recreational park.
!melk’s concept for the park is centered on the idea of a landscape gradient from “wet” to “dry.” 2.5 miles of boardwalks meander through the site over canals and manicured ‘tea fields’ with connections to a large lake that buffers a busy highway. While the presence of the lake promotes active recreation, the site’s upland area is ideal for passive recreation and education. With a deep understanding of the organizing principles of traditional rice and tea farms, the design of the upland park makes a connection to agricultural production in a contemporary way by teaching visitors and area residents about historical agricultural techniques blended with cutting-edge sustainability practices.
The waterways currently running through the site are heavily polluted. The proposal integrates a system of filtration canals with varying vegetation and wells that increase the quality of irrigation water.
The commercial zone itself contains an enormous connective, tri-level, public space corridor called “Ribbon Park.” It consists of a 1.5-mile long linear park on the upper level, a shopping corridor on the middle level, and an active waterfront public space at the lower level.
Rafael Viñoly Architects (architect)