Vanke, as the agent for the integration of three networks in Longgang District, Shenzhen, invited us (FCHA) to design the chronic traffic system of this district, which included the overall traffic system planning of 8 bridge. FCHA is responsible for the planning, architecture and landscape design of the overall chronic traffic system. This time we introduce the no.2 bridge with the highest degree of integration of architecture and landscape, the “floating Islands”.
▼项目视频，video of the project ©曾天培
The no.2 bridge is located next to the government of Longgang Central District, connecting Vanke Square Commercial Complex with World Trade Department Store Square, Tianyu Phase II residential area, commercial pedestrian street and so on. Located above Dezheng Road and across Longxiang Avenue, the bridge is a two-story landscape corridor connecting multiple platforms. The density of people flow in the base is large, the streamline is complex, and the current situation is mixed. At the same time, there is a lack of civic activity space around the base, and most of the surrounding park space is dominated by natural landscape, with relatively single activity content.Therefore, the second floor corridor space can be used to establish an urban leisure place to solve traffic problems and improve the quality of the area.
▼连廊顶视图，top view of the no.2 bridge ©曾天培
▼连廊鸟瞰，空间丰富，aerial view of the bridge with rich spaces ©曾天培
It should be a recreational green belt in a busy city.
It should be a unique presence in a convergent city.
It should be the natural preserve of artificial cities.
▼设计策略，design strategy ©坊城设计
Each “island” in the “floating islands” is its own “island” in the noisy world of different people. People can find their own space here, blend in with the crowd, and be independent of the crowd.
The design obtained the planning structure and layout of the no.2 bridge through a series of analysis of people flow, line of sight, scenery and functional requirements, etc., and deepened the landscape with the concept of “floating islands” — “people flow like water, branches into an island”. The bridge deck space is separated based on the shortest common path of the predicted pedestrian flow, so as to form island space with different sizes and shapes, and to put various activities that meet the needs of different groups. The design not only meets the basic needs of the bridge, but also expands the possibility of the bridge deck space, and tries to make the bridge in the traditional sense into an interesting park.
▼设计生成，generation diagram ©坊城设计
▼鸟瞰，项目由不同的“岛”组成，aerial view, the bridge is composed of different “islands” ©曾天培
In this area, we designed a tree pool surrounded by seats, and planted Handroanthus impetiginosus with obvious flowering period. This area is close to the school, which can provide more waiting areas for parents and after-school activities for students. At the southern end of the bridge, we designed a rigid activity plaza and step space, which can provide the surrounding residents with leisure activities.
▼活力岛鸟瞰，aerial view of the Vitality island ©曾天培
▼通往活力岛的大台阶，stepes connecting to the Vitality island ©曾天培
▼活力岛，设有带顶的连廊，Vitality island with covered corridor ©曾天培
We combined with the tree pool to design some undulating islands to create a pure landscaped sculptural feeling. Terrazzo and plastic wood are used to create a slope place for people to run and play freely. It is suitable for children and young people. You can often see roller skating, skateboarding, cycling and other activities.
▼游乐岛鸟瞰，aerial view of the Pleasure island ©曾天培
▼起伏的地面为人们提供运动的场地，slopes providing place for sports ©曾天培
▼连廊下的跑道，running course under the corridor ©曾天培
Here in Yulin Island, we design a place for leisure by combining greening with seats. Plastic wood, aluminum plate and terrazzo are used as materials, and the curved shape forms a space with strong sense of integration. We choose handroanthus chrysanthus as arbor, hoping that people in the center of the bustling city can place themselves in a green, where they can put down the tense pace of life and enjoy the tranquility of the moment.
▼语林岛设置带花坛的座椅，Yunlin island with benches integrated with planters ©曾天培
▼语林岛夜景，night view of the Yulin island ©曾天培
In the area where the crowd is most concentrated, we designed a spray square, which is also a multi-functional use space. Here the ground is slightly sunken, a shallow beach will be naturally formed in rainy day, people can play in the water; Spraying device is designed on the ground to adjust the microclimate and increase the interest at the same time. This is a public square, in special holidays, here can be turned into an activity outside the pendulum area. People can run safely and freely here.
▼水雾岛的喷雾广场，spray square on the Spray island ©曾天培
Canopy construction and sculpture
There is a continuous canopy on the whole bridge deck, which connects the main moving lines in series and connects the stairwell and elevator, providing the function of shading and rain protection. We wanted to have a landmark on the bridge for the city to see at the south end, so we designed a metal sculpture tree with spray lighting effect that winds upwards in the square. Hope these structures increase the recognition and interest of the space.
▼连续雨棚和细部，continuous canopy ©曾天培
The “Floating Islands” project is an attempt to integrate infrastructure into public space in a high-density city. In the future, our cities may have a large number of such Spaces.
▼人们在不同“岛”上的活动，people’s activities on different “islands” ©曾天培
▼夜景，night view ©曾天培
客户：深圳万科 & 万科城市研究院
Project Name: Floating Archipelago —Footbridge Design
Design Company: FCHA
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com
Design & Completion Year: 2018
Architecture and Landscape Design:FCHA
Partner In Charge: Zetao Chen，Jinlefu Su，Zhiwei Lu
Project Manager: Zhiwei Lu
Design Team: Wenlong Jiang，Zhiyi Liang，Chenhua Yu，Lipeng Zou，Jun Zhou，Lijin Huang，Yuanwei Liu，Zhenhon Lei，Jiawei Feng，Hao Wu
Project Location: Longgang District, Shenzhen
Gross Built Area: 10000m²
Photo Credits: Tianpei Zeng
Video: Tianpei Zeng
Clients: Vanke（Shenzhen）& ICITY