Jiangyin Dockland Riverfront Park – Stage 1
Jiangyin’s origins as a port city on the Yangtze River date back to the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD). Currently Jiangyin has a population of approximately 400,000 and is undergoing rapid urban development. The 20th Century saw the original port areas replaced with industry. In order to reclaim prime river frontage for a new waterfront district the city has moved the Yangtze River Dockyard ship building industries to the other side of the river and beyond. The new district is planned with hi-density development of housing and office with integrated areas of retail and leisure. It will be complimented by a linear 4 km waterfront parkland.
The design strategy includes maintaining traces of the site’s history and overlaying a number of ecological, circulation and programmatic layers. The result is a complex palimpsest supporting inclusive and diverse open spaces and activities.
The history layer of the eastern first stage of construction includes: concrete jetties; ship slipways; ship building factory structures; gantry cranes and rails; a Chinese garden; a tree lined road; and numerous other artifacts.
Other layers added across the site include: connections (pedestrian paths, bike paths, water boardwalk, extensions of views to and from the site, and paths from the new districts – all maximizing links between the city and the water); active leisure (sports courts and skate board park); play (children’s adventure playground and elderly exercise area); social gathering (large plazas, visitor centre, and large pavilions); relaxation (small pavilions, intimate seating, picnic tables, and ship interpretation installation); and ecological (rain gardens, lawns, and shade trees).