▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view ©Flatmind
Kokaistudios’ recent urban renewal project in Anting saw the upgrading and refurbishment of the satellite town’s central square. Through a series of interventions, including a landmark centerpiece, the design connects the oversized space to its environs by extending and defining its four axes. The effect has proven transformative, elevating the once underused, ill-equipped space from an empty expanse, to a vibrant hub. Located sixty kilometers from central Shanghai, the town was designed in 2001 as a German-themed district. Home to Shanghai automotive industry, in recent years, large areas have been purchased by Vanke, one of China’s leading real estate developers. Keen to make the satellite town a more attractive location for residents, Vanke commissioned Kokaistudios to transform its central square into a bustling, vibrant cultural activities hub.
▼远景，view from a distance ©Flatmind
▼整体策略-中央广场及4条景观轴线，the central plaza and four axis
The urban renewal project centered on a fifty thousand sqm square at the heart of Anting. Its vast size lent the space an inhuman quality: with little of note along its periphery, and largely empty, it lacked liveliness and buzz. Without areas of shade, adequate lighting, or even seating, it offered little in the way of functionality. What the designers found was that the oversized square was something of an anomaly in Anting, and each of its four axes led to areas of defined programming and character. The road leading northward from the square, for example, arrives at mature orchards and an allotment. To the east is a lake and attractive pavilion; and to the south, a park, children’s playground and sports facilities. The road to the west of the main square is the primary access point for travel to, from, and around Anting, including a metro station, shuttle bus terminal, parking facilities for electric cars, and bike sharing hub. This was the starting point for creating a series of stories within the square, effectively drawing narrative lines across the space.
▼广场东侧水景以及中央景观亭，the water feature on the east side and the central pavilion ©Marc Goodwin
▼从广场的不同轴线看中央景观亭，其形状各不相同，the central pavilion appears different depending on which of the square’s four boulevard axes it is viewed from ©Marc Goodwin
The central pavilion is an accessorial architectural landmark, it serves several functions, including a covered ‘stage’ area for events of all kinds, shelter from sun and rain, as well as a public basketball court. Uplifting in design, rather like a sail, its roof is a four-sided shape, twisted and tilted to striking effect. Its geometry is such that it appears different depending on which of the square’s four boulevard axes it is viewed from. A louvered roof creates a further optical effect still: from certain angles, the pavilion appears transparent.
▼中央景观亭，the central pavilion ©Marc Goodwin
▼为亭下创造“舞台”式的活动空间、遮阳挡雨、也可以用作临时的公共篮球场，a covered ‘stage’ area for events of all kinds, shelter from sun and rain, as well as a public basketball court ©Marc Goodwin
▼亭顶像船帆一样向上翘起，四边不对称，起角倾斜，like a sail, its roof is a four-sided shape, twisted and tilted to striking effect ©Marc Goodwin
This was the starting point for creating a series of stories within the square, effectively drawing narrative lines across the space. Taking inspiration from the allotments and orchard found to the north of the square, the north side features modular planters, in which residents are invited to cultivate their own herbs and aromatic plants. Not only does the solution connect and anchor this part of the square to the district beyond, it also creates an interactive element and programming. In the square’s eastern quadrant, and connecting with the lakeside landscape beyond, Kokaistudios created an attractive water feature, flanked by benches for rest and relaxation. To the south, and taking design cues from the nearby park, a children’s playground has been installed, opening up the formerly barren space to young families, and importantly, energy and activity. The square’s western road junction connects to Anting’s travel infrastructure, making it a primary access point. With this in mind, Kokaistudios opened up the facades of its buildings to more commercial opportunities, including an enlarged pedestrian area, and for F&B premises, terrace seating.
▼景观轴线形成示意图，diagram of the axis
▼由门廊望向景观亭，view from the porch to the central pavilion ©Jinweiqi
▼门廊及商业街立面，porch and shopfront ©Jinweiqi
▼由景观亭看向南侧亲子空间，view from the pavilion to the south ©Marc Goodwin
▼亲子活动空间，space for young families ©Jinweiqi
▼种植区及景观轴线，the red axis and the planters ©Jinweiqi
▼模块化种植区，modular planters ©Jinweiqi
These five elements – the four themed quadrants, plus central canopy – are connected by a ‘carpet’ or path, physically tracing the lines of the square’s axes in red asphalt. The intervention guides visitors to each area to encourage engagement, and create identity. Collectively, Kokaistudios’ interventions have transformed this formerly underused – yet expansive – space. By incorporating clear programming elements, including planters for residents, as well as an eye-catching pavilion, the square’s renewal has breathed new life into the town, inviting cultural activities engagement from both residents and visitors alike.
▼红色的沥青描绘出广场四条轴线的边界，引导游客进入广场中心，a ‘carpet’ or path, physically tracing the lines of the square’s axes in red asphalt and guides visitors to each area to encourage engagement ©Marc Goodwin
▼导向系统设计，corner sqaures wayfinding ©Jinweiqi
▼景观亭效果图，roof view rendering
▼南侧景观轴测图，view to the south
▼北侧景观轴测图，view to the north
首席设计师：Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis
设计团队：Andrea Antonucci, Liu Chang, Anna Maria Austerweil, Daniele Pepe
摄影：Marc Goodwin, 金伟琦
撰文: Frances Arnold
Project name: Anting New Town Central Square Renovation
Location: Anting New Town, Shanghai, China
Site area: 50,000sqm
Date of completion: May, 2019
Service Scope: Architecture+Landscape Design
Chief Designers: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis
Design Director: Pietro Peyron
Design Team: Andrea Antonucci, Liu Chang, Anna Maria Austerweil, Daniele Pepe
Photography: Marc Goodwin, Jin Weiqi
Text: Frances Arnold
Media contact: Jacqueline Chiang