Connected Plaza. A Masterplan for the Square of Futian Station for UABB 2019/2020.
After selecting Futian Station as one of the two main venues for the 2019 Edition of the UABB (Shenzhen), “the Eyes of the City” curatorial team began to reflect on strategies to re-activate its spaces by interponing new users’ interactions. Two main elements confronting each other have been considered during the analysis. Firstly the role of Futian Central Park as one of the leading green areas of the CBD, sometimes underutilized because of the surrounding infrastructural system isolating it. Secondly, the station itself with its hyper connections with the metropolis, the Province, the Nation. These locations confront each other within a space in search of a precise identity beyond the functional taxi accessibility: the Sunken Plaza.
The main goal was to redesign the Plaza to overturn the spatial disconnection raised by different pedestrian mobility systems. The concept was to correlate recognizable architectural elements connecting different levels and enrich their presence with relevant public functions and new programs. “The Eyes of the City ” Curatorial Team has firstly defined the main objectives of the intervention, calibrating future utilization scenarios, then allocated to renowned design firms for the development of spatial solutions.
Node Architecture and Urbanism has created a new stair connecting the Sunken Plaza with the level of Central Park. Terraces and slopes have defined the uneven possibilities to engage with the public and enjoy the news views of the surrounding CBD. A central stage was left to create public shows, likewise the painting canvas realized by flying drones and proposed by Carlo Ratti Associati. Japanese studio Atelier Bow-Wow together with Urban Foresting, has proposed the “Urban Foresters Club” Pavilion in the center of the Park, aimed to display the process of forestry as a cycle. It has been designed to show the different wood transformation by the maintenance staff as well as involving Biennale’s visitors in developing public space furniture.
Carlo Ratti Associati + Politecnico di Torino + South China University of Technology developed the new entrances of the Station, reconfiguring the existing structures for the pedestrian. Two new shelters have been designed to combine the users’ flows with leisure spaces, establishing a connection between functional accessibility and further engagements with the surrounding public space. The main entrance of the station has been interpreted as a significant new info point for the Futian High-Speed Railway Station, developed with a new ceiling attached to the existing structure aimed to inform passengers before their entrance.
The masterplan has not been realized for the 2019 Edition of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. However, it still remains as an essential achievement in re-thinking formalized spaces within the Chinese metropolis, where users’ interaction will be more and more part of the future discussion around the possibility to set qualitative criteria in spatial transformations.
南沙原创设计了连接下沉广场和中央公园层的新楼梯。退台和坡道提供了与公众互动并欣赏周围中央商务区新景观的不同选择。设计预留了一个用于公共表演的中央舞台，同时还设置了由卡尔洛·拉蒂建筑设计事务所提出的通过飞行无人机实现的油画画布。日本Atelier Bow-Wow工作室和Urban Foresting共同提议在公园中心设置“城市林务员俱乐部”展馆，用于展示林业管理全过程。设计旨在展示维护人员对木材做的不同转化，并让深双的访客参与公共空间家具的开发。
Credits: Carlo Ratti Associati – Politecnico di Torino (China Room) – South China University of Technology – Atelier Bow-Wow + Tokyo Tech Tsukamoto Lab – NODE Architecture and Urbanism – HIL Architects – Guangzhou Architectural Engineering Design Institute Co., Ltd – Jiang & Associates Design.
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