The vitality of a city comes from the streets, which is a kind of humanistic manifestation of the active form of society. Only in walking can we find and taste its customs and understand its history of civilization. Shenzhen, Baihua – a neighborhood with more than 13,000 school-age children who walk the streets every day to deepen their understanding of society. It is the extension of extra-curricular life and the poetic expression of the natural context. Streets with cultural atmosphere slow us down, and memories grow with blocks, increasing the possibility of wandering around and creating memories in more cities.
▼项目概览，overall of the project © 光魅影像工作室
Baihua 2nd Road is located in the Baishaling area of Futian, Shenzhen, with a total length of about 750 meters. The project is surrounded by eleven famous schools and is a benchmark education base in Shenzhen. The project relies on the government’s “One Road and One Street” reconstruction plan, from the perspective of child-friendly travel and happy growth, combined with the improvement of space, building facades, and wisdom and humanities to create Shenzhen’s first child-friendly demonstration block in all directions. Meet the diverse needs of children and residents in the area for safe travel and interactive communication, and provide a culturally interesting place experience.
▼区位图，site location © 深圳市城市交通规划设计研究中心股份有限公司
Before the renovation, the green space at the corner of Baihua 2nd Road was negatively closed and lacked active outdoor playgrounds for children. Pedestrian and non-motor vehicles have chaotic rights of way, and students have poor travel experience and comfort. The facades of the buildings along the street are complex and uncoordinated, in sharp contrast with the clean, tidy, and orderly space of the school, and there are two heavens inside and outside the school. There are various forms of paving facilities along the street, the construction timing is chaotic, the connection is out of touch, and the path of childhood memories becomes fragmented silhouettes.
▼百花二路改造前，before transformation © 深圳市城市交通规划设计研究中心股份有限公司
GATEWAY GARDEN, BAIHUA IMPRESSION
Starting from cultivating children’s sense of identity and honor for the community, we opened up 850 square meters of enclosed green space and activated it into a garden with hundreds of flowers. Baihua’s child-friendly block symbolizes the flower pond. We compare the thick marble flower pond to the educational background of the Baihua area for more than 30 years, gestating a vibrant and colorful Baihua culture. We use colorful candy colors and cute cat fonts as the cultural identity of our child-friendly neighborhood, highlighting Baihua Second Road as the gateway to the first child-friendly neighborhood in Shenzhen.
▼百花儿童友好街区门户LOGO，Baihua Children-Friendly Block Portal LOGO © 光魅影像工作室
CHILDREN’S DREAM PARADISE,PURE LAND OF HOPE
We apply Aldo van Eyck’s playfield theory to provide a natural field, not according to the rules of the game defined by the adult imagination, so that children can release their nature and climb and jump freely. The original 1,800 square meters of closed greenbelt path will be built into the “urban living room” for children’s outdoor life. We organized the children along the street to participate in the selection process of activity facilities, so as to cultivate the children’s sense of “sharing and building together” and create the memory of the Baihua site. We hope that our children can not only play with their nature, but also gain knowledge and inspiration in our site, so as to create an atmosphere suitable for learning.
▼组合互动设施，Combination interactive facilities for children © 光魅影像工作室
▼蹦蹦床，Children’s trampolin © 光魅影像工作室
PRIVILEGE SEASONECOLOGICAL BREATHING
We seek natural places suitable for children, so that children can perceive nature in the urban environment. Add a rain garden to let children learn in nature, learn about the sponge city, understand the relationship between rain and land, and cultivate children’s love for nature in life.
▼可参与雨水花园，Participatory rain garden © 光魅影像工作室
REGENERATION AND CO-CONSTRUCTION,HAPPY FARM
Baihua builds a farm together, giving children a place to work and immerse themselves in the urban jungle. Demolition and recycling of old materials, turning waste into gifts, creating a green, environmentally friendly, beautiful and practical regeneration garden.
▼百花农场科普教育基地，Baihua Farm Science Education Base © 光魅影像工作室
OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM, ROLLER SKATING WORLD
Children’s growth is inseparable from the outdoor living room. Children must have an interesting soul and a healthy body. We regularize the existing venues, eliminate the height difference on the ground, expand the activity space, add rest seats, and create a safe outdoor venue for children to sweat and share the joy of sports during their spare time.
▼轮滑角活动场景，Roller skating corner activity scene © 光魅影像工作室
U-SHAPED SPACE, HUMANITIES BAIHUA
Hugo said: there are three keys to human wisdom, one to open the number, one to open the letter, one to open the note. Art school scene wall will be music elements and Shenzhen event combination. Landscape wall selected photos of big events in Futian and Shenzhen, so that children can understand the history of Shenzhen and look forward to the future. At the same time, we integrate Mozart’s Variations on the Little Star, the first folk song of children’s artistic enlightenment, into it. The rhythmical fluctuations of the twelve variations correspond to the color fluctuations of the railings. Children walk through the block, see the color of the fence jumping extension of the color, into the adventure of the game space, as if feel music has been flowing in the block naturally and happily.
▼深圳四十周年照片景墙，Shenzhen 40th anniversary photo wall © 光魅影像工作室
▼小星星变奏曲围墙，The scene wall of Variations on Little Star © 光魅影像工作室
SAFE AND COMFORTABLE, COLORFUL BAIHUA
The use of colored zebra crossings to warn drivers to slow down the speed, comprehensive protection of children travel safety. The colorful zebra crossing is integrated with dynamic and colorful genes, making the zebra crossing more childlike and interesting. It hopes to become the most beautiful serialized design on the way to school. It can also be interesting and colorful under the premise of safe travel.
▼彩虹斑马线，Rainbow zebra crossing © 光魅影像工作室
The new bike lanes are marked by children’s bikes, with red, green and blue lines representing love, peace and hope. Encouraged messages are set 20 meters apart, such as “Run!” Little boy! Create the most beautiful way to school flowers, but also a symbol of children grow up happy childhood.
▼彩虹自行车道，Rainbow Bike Track © 光魅影像工作室
▼彩虹自行车道细部，detail of the Rainbow Bike Track © 光魅影像工作室
WIND AND RAIN SHELTER, LOOK UP AT THE STARS
In order to ensure children’s travel safety and improve children’s travel experience, we have added a 100-meter long wind and rain corridor from the entrance of Nantian Er Garden to the entrance of Shenzhen Experimental Primary School. The roof of the corridor is illustrated with 12 constellations, depicting the strange interest of the universe and stars. During the day, it can be used as a safe passage for students on their way to school, and at night, it can become an art corridor in the street, implying that students can not only have their feet on the ground, but also look up at the stars and have dreams.
▼星空风雨连廊，Starry sky corridor © 光魅影像工作室
CONSTELLATION PATTERN LIGHT BELT
The themed sculpture “Butterfly Transformation” signifies the beautiful blooming of child-friendly streets and the gorgeous transformation of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone over the past 40 years. The inspiration comes from the process of emergence of butterfly cocoon in nature. The lower part is the form of cocoon, and the hollow outline in the middle expresses the process of gestation. The upper part shows the growth of flying, vigorous upward attitude; The two parts blend together, as if to present another plane perspective of the butterfly.
▼羽化成蝶雕塑，Feather into a butterfly sculpture © 光魅影像工作室
HEART CARE, TREE PAINTING
We set the corner of the soul under the tree in the corner. As a window for psychological consultation, fully considering the children’s curiosity and privacy issues, we made it into a one-meter high mailbox for children to see the world. Children in the neighborhood can get psychological help through the delivery of paper letters, and parents can also scan the QR code on the mailbox to communicate with the psychological tutors online.
▼心理咨询邮箱，Psychological consultation mailbox © 光魅影像工作室
The new costume of the street tree is a secret gift for the children. We chose the trunk of the big banyan tree on Baihua Er Road as the canvas, and placed the paintings of animal patterns on the unobtruded location of the trees, hoping that the children in the neighborhood could explore the art hidden in the trees independently. Let the art of the street become the medium of the city and nature, and give creativity and childlike interest to our children.
▼大树彩绘，Tree painting © 光魅影像工作室
▼树洞里的小生命，Little life in the tree hole © 光魅影像工作室
TIME IS A FRIEND, BAIHUA SCHOOL MOTTO
The original “Baihua logo ” road stone, 21 famous school motto into the street corner. With time as a friend, the linkage of high-quality public facilities to convey the spirit of the city, the cultural heritage of the block is naturally mixed.
▼21所名校校训融入街道角落，21 famous school motto into the street corner © 光魅影像工作室
▼“百花印”路名石与校训标识,Baihua logo stone and school motto logo © 光魅影像工作室
项目设计 & 完成年份：项目设计2019，项目建成2020
Project name：Baihua 2nd Rd. Upgradation Project of Transport Infrastructure and Landscape
Design：Shenzhen Urban Transport Planning Center Co.,Ltd.
Design year & Completion Year：2019-2020
Leader designer & Team：Xiaochun Zhang,Muping Li,Zhipeng Cheng,Zhenyu Huang,Lan Chen,Chao Xiong ,Guotian Qin,Qiuqing Tang,Xuechen Wang,Wenjie Zhang,Jinghui Jiang,Tengfei Chen,Yun Xiao,Yu Xiang,Chao Wang,Chuanfeng Zhang,Zhiping Zhang ,
Project location Baihua 2nd Rd Futian District,Shenzhen
Gross Built Area (square meters)：Base area:0.22km²，Road length:750m
Photo credits：TYTVISION Landsacpe Photography
Sculpture Development Design + Build：Hangzhou Chenyi Sculpture Art Company
Building Façade Development Design: Shenzhen Donghai Construction Group Co.,Ltd.
Clients：Shenzhen Futian District Yuanling Subdistrict，CCDI Group