mini-city of culture:
BAU590 Nanjing Pukou Haiqiao Community Service Center

Pukou District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China

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Discipline

Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Typology

Mixed-use, public, sport, culture, healthcare

City

Pukou District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China

Date

2016

Status

Invited competition

Client

Nanjing Jiangbei New Area Investment and Development Co., Ltd

Program

Community center, retail, food and beverage, cinema, hotel, supermarket, sports centre (indoor swimming pool, gym, fitness), multi-function hall, library, training center, service center, food market, police station, health center, day-care center, nursing home, underground parking.

mini-city of culture

City of Culture
Like a miniature city this project promises something for everyone.
Like a city, it is public and permeable and open to everyone.
Like a city, it is in flux, constantly reinventing itself.
Like a city, it has active street edges with shop fronts, food and beverage, and city services.
Like a city it is practical, efficient, flexible and legible.
City of culture is an urban design; its architecture will be resolved in detail after the brief is developed, finalized and confirmed.

Galleria
The City of Culture has a sensational galleria, a spine linking all of its parts together.
The galleria provides shelter from rain and filters the sunshine in summer.
The galleria will be a place of events such as community markets of goods, food, cultural festivals and more.
The galleria is a grand urban artifact, a memorable landmark experience, a place worth visiting the district to see.

Lanes
The lanes are intimate human scaled places.
More like lineal plazas because they are wide and free of traffic.
Life thrives in lineal plazas, particularly where cafes, restaurants and bars can spill out into them.
The lanes are safe because only service vehicles use them.

A Place for Each Program
Commercial functions link to the metro and face the city intersection.
Health and retirement functions have a quiet location facing the garden park.
City Market fronts the western street edge.
City Sports is adjacent and connected to the sports park.
City Library + Culture Centre is adjacent and open to the events park.
Police are located in the south-west, along the western street edge.
Administration and a hotel float high above it all, yet have street addresses.

Sustainable City
City of Culture utilizes state of the art energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable thinking.
This miniature city has its own Combined Cooling, Heating and Power plant (CCHP), situated in the basement.
CCHP Power is created by burning natural gas; all excess heat is used to heat and cool the buildings. Excess heat, such as the byproduct of supermarket refrigerators, is used elsewhere on the site for cooling, heating, or specific uses such as heating the swimming pool for example.
Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) include rainwater collection, rain retention ponds, and a combined grey water system for all buildings.
Healthy Interior City thinking, air replenishment and non-off gassing, is essential to this project, particularly its public buildings, and particularly the health facilities.
Public lighting on the site is powered entirely by solar PV farms on the building roofs.

Eco Network
This miniature city and its park connect to other parks and waterways via Eco-corridors.
Birds, bees, butterflies, frogs and more, bring life to this site.
Bicycle paths in the eco corridors allow people to connect in green to the rest of the city, and beyond.
We enhance the roadside green corridors and add another corridor through this site.
The corridors provide a passive place for visitors to walk or sit.
The eco corridors have ground cover, mid story and tree canopies suitable to support life.

City of Culture Park
Like a city, the park has many functions for many users: passive and active; for young and old.
The park fundamentals are: Ecology, Diversity, Flexibility, and Equity.
There are four parks within the park : Sports park, Events park, Garden park, and Eco Corridors.
The Grand Promenade is a sinuous tree lined path connecting the four parks within the park. Visitors can walk along this long path and see all variety of activities.

Sports Park
The Sports Park is an extension of the Sports Building.
It is not just for users but is very comfortable for those watching the sports, having shaded seating areas under trees.

Events Park
Events Park is a flexible flat lawn suitable for cultural, sports, and even commercial events.
Most of the time it will be used for picnics, flying kites, and kicking balls around.
Cultural events such as music concerts, theatre, and variety shows can happen on either the large stage or the small stage.
Events requiring temporary large tents can happen on the lawn.
Cinema in the park can be a regular event.
Even the circus can come to the City of Culture Park.
The roof of the library building is designed with amphitheater seating to give spectators a great view of either stage.

Garden Park
This provides an escape into a gentle quiet garden inspired by nature.
It supports those visiting the community hospital, needing to rest in a tranquil environment.
It provides residents in the nursing home with a convenient retreat into nature with water and diverse flora and fauna.

2005-2010

Private Landscapes

Shanghai

2011

Playgrounds

Public Landscapes

Jiangyin

Residential

Retail

Urban Landscapes

2015

Education

Hospitality

Mixed Use

Nanjing

Sports

Office

2000-2005

Melbourne

Public

Urban Design

Kyneton

Culture

Healthcare

Hotel

Suzhou

2014

Hangzhou

Structures & Pavillions

Wuxi

Planning

2013

2012

Fuding

Shaoxing

Chongqing

Kunshan

Office

Wuhan

Hotel

Healthcare

Cixi

Ningbo

Meishan

Canberra

Jingzhou

Chengdu

Hospitality

Culture

1990-2000

Xiamen

Residential

Hopetoun

Caofeidian

Huai’an

Xi'an

Xinyu

Mixed Use

Retail

Sports

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architecture AND terrain:
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eco urbanism:
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microcosm:
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beyond the picturesque:
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staggering:
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urban camouflage:
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urban sponge:
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warp and woof:
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network of learning:
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21st century Ponte Vecchio:
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at last …finally …some diversity:
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recycling and beyond
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streets as shelters, bars as amphitheaters, landscapes as playgrounds:
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reduce, reuse, recycle:
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palimpsest:
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exquisite corpse
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