Hyperlane is a 2.4km multi-level linear sky park, youth culture and lifestyle destination at the heart of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music University in Chengdu. It establishes a vibrant and fun youth, music and life orientated linear space, linking the local transportation hub with the university community and campus in Chengdu. The Urban Gallery, the Initial phase of the project has recently opened.
Hyperlane is invested, built, and operated by the core team that once operated Chengdu Taikoo Li project. The overall planning and design intents to create high standards and high-quality design.60% of the commercial products is self-sustaining, adheres to the long-term business philosophy, provides professional support, and realizes long-term commercial value.
▼项目整体效果图，project perspective ©Aedas
▼设计原则，design principles ©ASPECT Studios
城市灵感空间 | The Urban Gallery
The Urban Gallery was the first phase of the hyperlane project and a sociality orientated, pocket place for the community to come together. Defined by the simple notion of ‘community and connection’, the Hyperlane Urban Social Gallery is a bold, vibrant youth-oriented point of identity that reflects the artistic and creative culture of the district.
▼超线公园一期建成展示区，the first phase of the hyperlane project ©鲁冰
With the singular unifying expression of “Community”, the layered circular form playfully morphs, transforms and adapts to the varying functions and experiences of the place; from the urban promenade along the street edge, to the water carpet which acts as a threshold arrival scene to the space, to the performance gallery and the community terrace and the small social seating pods nestled intimately within the planting.
▼社区理念，idea of community ©ASPECT Studios
▼设计过程，design process ©ASPECT Studios
The resulting urban gallery consists of both a curatable and a permanent programme. It is a social experiential place and point of community connection that supports the youthful creative arts and music culture.
Designed pre-COVID-19, with construction completing shortly after lockdown, the socially defined space provides perfect response to social distancing with an urban space in accordance with local guidelines.
▼设计呼应了适当距离的社交需求，the socially defined space provides perfect response to social distancing with an urban space ©鲁冰
都市广场 | Urban Promenade
The Promenade consists of a network of connective walkways planters and multi directional social seating that combined acts as a fringe and buffer to the main road set within a layer of trees. ‘The Water Carpet’, is designed to allow for visual connectivity whilst creating an interactive & mesmerizing sense of arrival.
▼城市主干道与场地的过渡，the fringe and buffer to the main road ©鲁冰
The combination of shallow water, playful edges, lighting displays, textural contrast and planting offer a visual and physical theatrical experience and journey, between the urban promenade and the performance gallery. A place for people of all ages to play at the water’s edge or relax on the seating nodes in shade of the trees.
▼景观细节，landscape detailed view ©鲁冰
We developed a number of bespoke lighting features that playfully bring a unique quality to the daytime and night time experience. A submersed, double layer detail was developed that ensures visual control and clarity of line and illuminates the water’s edge.
▼灯光设计，lighting design ©鲁冰
As a point of contrast to the shallow flat reflective water, our signature voids puncture the water’s surface creating a feeling of depth and a unique and interesting visual both during day and at night time.
▼水景元素，water scape ©鲁冰
演艺空间 | The Performance Gallery
The Performance Gallery is designed to be a curatable urban catwalk, a vibrant exterior space that works in combination with the interior programme to encourage impromptu performances, arts exhibitions, cultural gatherings and open-air theatre.
▼演艺空间，the performance Gallery ©鲁冰
24小时社交台地 | 24 Hour Social Terrace
Enclosed to the east is the sculptural terrace deck which is orientated to allow onlookers to gather in the shade of the trees to watch performances or to meet up and connect. The lighting and edge display of perforated steel creates a unique and vibrant night-time atmosphere and effect, providing a safe, well light 24-hour space. For the community to gather, in and around.
▼露台空间，the terrace deck ©鲁冰
“一个大胆，充满活力设计可以打破常规城市环境，唤醒当地人们的创造力和艺术文化氛围。” ——工作室总监Stephen Buckle
“A bold, vibrant awakening to the mundanity of generic urban environment, one that reflects the creative and artistic culture, and people of the district.” —Stephen Buckle, Studio Director
▼露台夜景，terrace deck night view ©鲁冰
To the north-eastern perimeter ‘The Curtain’ creates a sinuous movement, a backdrop that holds the entire space as one, while screening to the carpark to the east.
▼场地边界，the perimeter of the site ©鲁冰
▼“幕帘”细节，‘The Curtain’ ©鲁冰
The northern most space consists of intimate scale, individual and connective spaces allowing for outside working, small meetings, and individual retreats nestled within the planting and movements of the curtain.
▼北面空间，the northern part of the site ©鲁冰
传递信息的树 | Trees with a message
The project is defined with a signature tree, one that is native (indigenous) and held strong meaning and relation to the natural environment. Phoebe Zhennan (桢楠) is an endemic species to Chengdu and the province of Sichuan, and one that is registered on the endangered species list due to habitat loss. The Hyperlane presented a wonderful opportunity to introduce this at-risk species on mass in the urban environment. It’s an amazing and unique species with a beautiful evergreen canopy, so ideal to use in close proximity to the water bodies with its limited leaf litter. With the potential to grow up to 30m in height it creates a dense shade at ground level for people to gather and rest from the strong summer temperatures.
▼植物与景观，plants in the landscape ©鲁冰
商业地产新逻辑 | New Commercial Consciousness
“项目设计中，业主、建筑师和景观设计师保持了高度统一的想法和愿景决心，正是这样的高效协作共同创造了这样一个以鼓励社交活动的为向导的城市空间，同时也充分体现了我们作为城市环境设计者和开发者应承担一定责任，共同创造更有意义和充满幸福感的生活场所，这也正是ASPECT Studios一直坚持的设计理念。” ——工作室总监Stephen Buckle
Hyperlane leads the movement of a new consciousness within the Chinese development industry, one that stems from a clear understating that long term social, environmental and economic success of a development isn’t achieved by short term commercial gains, but with attention to socially and environmentally orientated systems, programme and experiences that add meaningful value, experience and delight to the lives of the community.
When completed the hyperlane will provide a valuable contribution to the local urban environment that considers human comfort, safety, accessibility, scale, programme equality and diversity that brings a bold injection of vibrancy to the daily lives of all the creative and arts community.
“The collaborative alignment of thinking and commitment from Client, Architect and Landscape Architect led to the creation of an engaging socially orientated urban environment, that reflects our responsibility as designers and developers of today’s built urban environment to the people within it, providing meaningful, experience rich places where people want to be.” —Stephen Buckle, Studio Director
▼Hyperlane超线公园项目效果图，Hyperlane project perspective ©Aedas
场地 | The Site
The site was formally a series of derelict walled in spaces used for unplanned parking and offered zero social or environmental value to the area or community. The perimeter walls resulted in the student accommodation area being physically and socially disconnected from the university campus, with only a small number of narrow degraded alleyways allowing access. It was these alleyways, crammed with life, people and food sellers that offered a clue to the creative and artistic energy that laid under the surface of the community. Each alleyway was an expression of the students; the walls displayed bold and vibrant urban art and graffiti.
▼场地策略框架，contextually responsive framework ©ASPECT Studios
The student accommodation area offered more ideas to the community’s current lifestyle with an environment full of vibrant visual art. The tarmac streets were brought to life with colourful graphic painting and the shops, stores and outside dinning was compacted in small scale clusters and pockets.
▼鸟瞰，aerial view ©Aedas
愿景 | Connective Vision
The vision was to create a hyper connective, multiple level linear social platform that responded to the unique and characteristics of the students. The design connects in every direction, creating a barrier free sky park and pedestrian network which stretches over 2.4km, linking the new Chengdu fast train station to the university while allowing for direct north / south permeability from the student accommodation to the university campus. Hyperlane creates a critical platform for social, transportation and blue/green infrastructure!
▼景观与社区的连接，connection between landscape and community ©ASPECT Studios
人与自然 | People and Nature
The landscape design is founded on the principle of creating a balanced system that responds to both the humanistic and environmental needs of the project. A series of youth community-oriented networks, connections, social spaces, performance, and creative arts progammes and activities interplay along the entire length.
▼人文与环境需求的平衡，the balance between humanistic and environmental needs ©ASPECT Studios
▼多维度景观街区体验，a uulti-dimensional landscaped neighborhood experience ©鲁冰
The vision for the project was to bring nature and natural systems into the heart of the design, so planting species selected are predominantly local and look to encourage insects, birds and wildlife to the urban corridor.
Each layer of the design responds to the adjacent demographic, providing both recreational space, connective network, cultural and exhibition areas and place for people, to connect, gather and simply hang out.
▼综合绿色系统，integrated green systems ©ASPECT Studios
▼设计手绘，sketch ©ASPECT Studios
引言 | QUOTES
“We developed the design before COVID-19 on strong social principles to encourage connection and coming together, the resulting design actually acts is a perfect response to social distancing, creating a defined circular zoning for each person.” —Stephen Buckle, Studio Director
▼夜景，night view ©鲁冰
景观设计主创：Stephen Buckle, ASPECT Studios工作室总监
团队成员：罗彦, 许宁吟, Alex Cunanan de Dios, 周沫, 底帆
效果图：ASPECT Studios, Aedas
Client: Chengdu Xinding
Landscape Architecture: ASPECT Studios
Principle: Stephen Buckle, Studio Director of ASPECT Studios
Landscape Design Team: Yan Luo, Sam Xu, Alex Cunanan de Dios, Morey Zhou, Iris Di
Principle: Dr. Andy Wen, Global Design Principle of Aedas
Lighting: Brandston Partnership Inc.
LDI: BW Landscape Design
Contractor: Chengdu First Construction Engineering Co., Ltd. of CDCEG
Photography: Lu Bing
Rendering: ASPECT Studios, Aedas