Shanghai Zero Carbon Park: stage one in the redevelopment of the Huangpu Riverfront
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Shanghai Zero Carbon Park: stage one in the redevelopment of the Huangpu Riverfront

The park and intermodal transport center are part of the first phase of the Yangpu Bridge Area Riverside Plan

Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+

Shanghai Zero Carbon Park: stage one in the redevelopment of the Huangpu Riverfront
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Comprising the Shanghai Zero Carbon Park and an intermodal transport center for ferries, subway trains, buses, taxis, and cars, the first part of the redevelopment of the large area surrounding Yangpu Bridge was recently completed, creating a green space of strategic value while opening connections between different parts of the city, eras, and, in particular, people. The work of Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+ in collaboration with Atelier L+, and part of a larger project that began with a call for tenders and was later overhauled following the pandemic, this first milestone serves as a model for redeveloping crucial parts of the city. The ultimate objective of this extensive project is to revitalize a key infrastructure hub, around a mile of the riverfront along the Huangpu River, and a vast site of some 120 acres, which will be transformed into a place of memory, knowledge, and infrastructure (from transport to water systems). The project is also intended to keep alive the long industrial history of this area, which continues to be an economic driving force today.

As part of a system comprising concentric and interconnected elements, Zero Carbon Park can be seen as the epicenter of a complex interdependence between five different systems, dubbed the Green System, Memory System, Water System, Infrastructure System, and Knowledge System. At the heart of this park, located a little over a mile from the center of Shanghai, is a densely wooded space, intended to recreate the ideal environment for a mangrove forest. This central part is surrounded by further green areas with curving shapes, pedestrian paths, sports areas, and panoramic spaces of different sizes. Architecture brings it all together, while also being discreet enough to sometimes disappear into the landscape.

 

A spatial and temporal connection

Shanghai Zero Carbon Park, Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+ Courtesy of Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+

As mentioned, an intermodal center is also part of the first stage of this project, underscoring that the philosophy behind it centers on the functional organization of spaces to achieve better communication and a more fluid interaction between local people, visitors, passers-by, and workers. The entire system of infrastructure is also affected, providing easy connections between Ningguo Station for ferry boats, the subway, and buses. At the same time, pedestrian infrastructure has been upgraded, making the interaction between the different sectors almost “float.”

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The future of the Yangpu Bridge area

Shanghai Zero Carbon Park, Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+ Courtesy of Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+

The needs that emerged after the Covid-19 pandemic, along with the need for more open spaces for socializing and sport, led to the addition of a second phase to the project. Already underway, it includes an expansion of the park and a profound and innovative adaptive reuse of the old industrial structures on the site for cultural, social, and sporting functions, thereby augmenting the facilities available for winter sports.

 

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Credits

First phase

Location: Shanghai, China
Architects and Location: Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+ and Atelier L+
Client: Shanghai Local Government
Green Space Area: 24.353 m2
Built Facilities Area: 21.400 m2
Completion: 2022
Heritage: Plácido González, Nuria Enguita, Vicente Todolí
Facilities: Aleksandar Ivancic, Oriol Gavalda (Aiguasol)

 

Second phase

Location: Shanghai, China
Architects and Location: Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+, Atelier L+, Archi-Union and Deshaus
Client: Shanghai Local Government
Engineering: TJAD- Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning and Design Institute
Completion: in progress

All images courtesy of Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+

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