The renovation and upgrading project of the Lounge Corridor (Demonstration Section) in the Central Area of Songshan Lake, designed and contracted by Dongda, is located in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, from the Central Park to the Lakeside Square of the Management Committee, with a total length of about 1.1km. The whole project can be divided into two sections: north and south. Before the reconstruction, the south section was a motor vehicle passage of Songshan Lake Management Committee and was not open to the public. The space on both sides of the driveway is occupied by parking, so the space is passive and lacks vitality. The ecological base of the north section is good, but the plant growth is disorderly. As the space is closed, the road is old and people and cars are mixed, the experience staying inside is poor.
▼项目视频，Project video ©东大设计
Under the background of “Bay Area City, Quality Dongguan” and “Songshan Lake Science City”, the central area of Songshan Lake has launched a new round of overall urban upgrading and environmental quality improvement plan, aiming to build a new generation of urban center with scientific and technological innovation/spatial composite/international quality. As an important concierge axis from the central city of Songshan Lake to the lake, the Lakeside Corridor is the ” show room” for Songshan Lake Science City to build a new generation of urban center. The project establishes the connection between “city” and “lake”, and redefines the waterfront public life through the construction of functional places. Around the theme of “city celebration + cultural display + science and technology interaction”, create a landscape axis with the unique temperament of Songshan Lake Science City.
▼整体鸟瞰，Have a bird’s eye view of whole ©ACF
Gorgeous transformation from motorway to landscape avenue (southern section)
▼南段整体鸟瞰（开阔大气的礼仪中轴及两侧沿线空间），An overall bird ‘s-eye view of the southern section （Open the etiquette axis of the atmosphere and the space along both sides) ©ACF
The traffic in the area should be reorganized and the driving function of the road should be removed. The camphor tree in good condition should be retained, and the relationship between the road and the greening should be reintegrated to form a lakeside axis park dominated by walking activities. The design opens the corridor of the central axis to form the concierge axis with a sense of ceremony. It also break the original monotonous and isolated space boundary, so that the central axis, the courtyard space before the west office building and the rich and varied leisure space under the camphor tree on the east permeate each other. The space under the forest on the east side can participate in the still water surface, adding vitality and fun; The existing vegetation on both sides of the lakeside lawn and the horizontal platform was carded to open the lake boundary for citizens to view the lake, forming a colorful lakeside leisure activity space.
▼现状机动车道及两侧的消极场地，Present motor lane and negative field on both sides ©东大设计
The original landscape stone at the entrance is retained, and the words are rewritten. The front side is “science and technology are the same as landscape”, and the back side is “new town and industry fly together”, highlighting the cultural spirit of Songshan Lake.
▼入口LOGO景石，Entrance Logo Landscape Stone ©ACF
The east side of the central axis is mainly designed for fun and leisure. Carding the slope greening aims at forming a large space background of sparse forest and grass. Combined with the current situation of camphor tree pool and stool, visitors can sit quietly and, pass through leisurely in the forest. Shallow water can be played or enjoyed and the space is rich and vivid.
▼舒适的林下空间及开阔的草坡背景，Comfortable understory space and wide grassy slope background ©ACF
▼不规则形状的浅水面，Irregularly shaped shallow water ©ACF
▼可玩可赏，亦可通行于其中，Can play, can enjoy, can pass in it ©ACF
▼阳光下的碧波荡漾，Green waves ripple in the sun ©东大设计
On the west side of the central axis, we hope to create a quieter space to provide a place for the management committee and the public to sit and communicate. The existing camphor trees provide a natural shade for the site.
▼结合现状樟树设置树池及坐凳形成的林下休闲空间，The leisure space under the forest formed by camphor tree box and sitting stool is combined with the current situation ©ACF
▼条状坐凳结合野趣植物，又是另一番风景，Stripe shape sits stool union wild interest plant, it is another scenery ©ACF
▼阳光草坪结合休闲台阶，Sunny lawn combined with leisure steps ©ACF
▼旱喷广场，亦是城市庆典广场，Dry spray square is also the city celebration square ©ACF
The lakeside provides a more open space, and the dry-spray square adds vitality and fun to the site. The sunny lawn and the lakeside platform are large, which is a good place for citizens to enjoy leisure activities. After the surrounding plants are carded, the field of vision is very wide. People who stand in it, can enjoy the panoramic scenery of the lakeshore.
▼伸出水面的滨湖平台是观景及活动的极佳场所，The lakeside platform protrudes from the water and is an excellent place for viewing and activities ©ACF
Green Belt of Urban Vitality with Natural Ecology (North Section)
▼独立设置的骑行/跑步道，Separately set cycling/running trails © ACF
▼舒适的林下步道空间，Comfortable underforest trail space © ACF
▼沿线可观湖景，水中荷花正开放，Along the considerable lake scenery, water lotus is in bloom © ACF
▼沿途设置的休息节点，Rest points along the way © ACF
▼静坐于水边，感受城市中的野趣，Sit by the water and feel the wild in the city © ACF
The project tried to broad the existing sidewalks, add running lanes, improve the urban slow traffic system, and advocate the concept of healthy life. The existing trees are kept and the underlying plants are combed to form a clear and transparent understory space. The design cleaned up the messy aquatic plants in the pond area, opened the sight line of the lake, and enhanced the hydrophilicity. The overall space is well-spaced to experience the rich and diverse urban vitality of the green belt.
▼滨湖观景平台，Lakeside viewing platform © ACF
The renovated site not only provides daily leisure for citizens, but also attracts many activities to be held here (Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Party building, The Party with Red Hearts · Dance in Guanyi — Dance and Tour Season Series of Dongguan Culture Four Seasons in 2021). The completion of the project also provides a practical reference for the public development of private space. In the future, we hope to open more public spaces to citizens, so that people can get closer to nature and water and effectively improve the happiness of people’s life .
▼湖边举办的庆祝100周年党建活动，Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party by the lake © ACF
▼夜幕降临，市民在台阶上休闲，As night falls, citizens relax on the steps ©ACF
▼滨湖平台夜景，Night view of lakeside platform ©东大设计
摄影： ACF /东大（深圳）设计有限公司
Project name：Songshan Lake Central Area Lounge Corridor (Demonstration Section) Reconstruction and Upgrade Project
Project location: Songshan Lake, Dongguan City
Project size：About 11 hectares
General design contract: DONGDA (SHENZHEN) DESIGN CO., LTD.
Cooperative unit: Instinct Fabrication
Clients：Dongguan Songshan Lake High-tech Industrial Park Management Committee
Construction unit：CR Land (Shenzhen)
Construction unit: Shenzhen Guoyi Landscape Construction Co., Ltd
Design year & Completion Year: 2020 & 2021
Photo：ACF/ DONGDA (SHENZHEN) DESIGN CO., LTD.