Stork river ecological and cultural park is located in the West Bank of stork River in Xixia County, Henan Province. It starts from Fengdian bridge in the north, ends at Zhongjing Avenue Bridge in the south, with Sishan Park and planning residential land in the west, and faces the central urban area across the river in the East. The total length is about 5800 meters, and the total planning and design area is about 304,000 square meters.
▼基地原貌，original view of the site ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
Xixia county is famous for the discovery of a large number of dinosaur remains, and the Stork River is named for the stork habitat. North the section for the old stone and earth embankment, flood control standard is low, a serious threat to people’s safety. And the lack of overall planning, green space layout is scattered, the lack of consistency and integrity, seriously affect the image of the city. To protect people’s lives and property safety, repair the stork river ecological environment, improve the image of the city and XiXia the county, the county government decided to build a stork river ecological culture.
▼改造后项目概览，overall view of the project after renovation ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
Based on the ecological context of the site and the cultural context of Xixia, the design starts from stitching the city, improving the flood control ability and ecological restoration, respecting and preserving the trees and river ecosystem in the site, realizing the connection of the slow-moving system and integrating Xixia culture into the whole design. The relationship between city, landscape, river and people is combed, and the low-interference and economic treatment method is adopted to make the landscape as a medium for city suture, which is perfectly embedded in the landscape of Xixia.
▼项目概览，overall view of the project ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
缝合城市、绿道贯通 | Stitching up cities and connecting greenways
The project land is divided into two rivers and three banks by the river, and pedestrian traffic is inconvenient. Through combing the scattered urban green space, this plan integrates into a 5,800-meter long connecting greenway, including cycling path, running path and walking path, and builds a pedestrian bridge connecting the two sides of the river with the delta, so as to form a coherent system of slow traffic and improve and sew the urban greenway. In addition, the bridge is not only the most comfortable and convenient way to connect the east and west sides of The Stork River, but also the best place to enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides of the Stork River.
▼沿河绿道，green path along the river ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
生态修复、安全行洪 | Ecological restoration and safe flood discharge
▼剖面分析，section analysis ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司
▼改造前的堤岸，bank before renovation ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
Preserve the trees on the river bank and the ecosystem in the river, and let the memory of the original site run through the whole design; This planning and design will be the stork River once in 20 years to once in 50 years, the old masonry embankment in the northern section of the stone cage grass slope ecological embankment, increase the flood section, restore the natural river appearance; Under the flood level, there is no construction or structure affecting the flood passage. The urban living room is designed to have two levels, and the lower level “flood sharing” can be used as a horizontal platform at ordinary times, and the flood period can be used as a flood passage.
▼石笼生态堤岸，stone cage ecological embankment ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
优化布局、亲近河道 | Optimize the layout and get close to the river
▼改造前后沿河空间分析，waterfront space analysis before and after renovation ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司
The original Riverside Road in the south section is close to the river, and the space for people’s activities is narrow and unsafe, while the green belt is on the outside of the road, and many entrances separate the green belt. In order to effectively integrate the landscape green space, improve the hydrophilicity of the river and weave the urban slow traffic system, the green belt is adjusted to the riverside on the premise of meeting the upper planning, and the riverside road is set on the outside of the green belt, and the west half of the original riverside road is reconstructed For cycling and running roads, the east half is used as a park green space, and the sponge city technology is integrated into it, which integrates the “urban green corridor” to shorten the relationship between people and river, provide waterfront green space for people, and create a transition zone between city and natural ecology.
▼沿河绿道，亲近河道，waterfront roads bringing people closer to the river ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
就地取材、延续文脉 | Using local materials and continue the context
The design continues the regional cultural characteristics, retaining the trees and balusters on site, using pebbles in the river as filling materials for the new landscape wall and seats, and using local seedlings for the trees. The implementation effect is very local and the project cost is reduced. The “Red Xixia”, “Heroic Xixia” and other landscape nodes reflecting the history and culture of Xixia are designed, so that xixia culture is implemented in the whole design.
▼使用河道内的卵石填充的景墙，landscape wall filled with pebbles in the river ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
▼与历史文化结合的景观节点，landscape node combined with history and culture ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
Achievements of Construction
山水交融、城市客厅 | City living rooms with mountains and rivers
The landscape beauty of Xixia is an important city label, but Xixia has been lack of a place to show the beautiful scenery of mountain, water and city. The delta at the intersection of stork River and Dinghe river has a superior location, wide vision and distant view. Sishan park is the best place to watch the stork River. The design makes it a “city living room” for citizens and visitors from all directions to share leisure time Enjoy the stork River and the city, overlook the temple mountain and experience the charm of Xixia.
▼改造后整体鸟瞰，山水与城市交融，overall aerial view of the project, integration of mountains, rivers and the city ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
完善配套、宜居西峡|Perfect supporting facilities and livable Xixia
The construction of Xixia ecological and cultural park has improved the supporting service functions of the urban area. It not only provides the public with toilet, shops, children’s playground, basketball court, picnic Pavilion, parking lot, running track, fitness field, restaurant and other facilities, but also constructs the monitoring system, flood control early warning system, etc. to serve the masses and increase the happiness index of Xixia people.
▼儿童娱乐区鸟瞰，aerial view of the children’s recreation area ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
▼洲头服务设施，service facility ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
▼升龙桥，Shenglong bridge ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
▼公园，为居民提供丰富的活动场所，park providing various places for different activities ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司-曾健
Xixia stork river ecological and cultural park is a waterfront open space integrating ecological restoration, green leisure, sponge city construction, historical and cultural display, sports and fitness, based on the landscape environment, serving the public as the purpose, and taking history and culture as the connotation. It has improved the urban function, enhanced the urban charm and attraction, and has become a popular city among citizens and tourists City public space.
▼总平面图，master plan ©同济大学建筑设计研究院（集团）有限公司
Project Name: Xixia Stork River Ecological Culture Park Landscape Project
Design: Tongji University Architectural Design and Research Institute (Group) Co. LTD
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Design & Completion Year: 2016-12-01 to 2017-01-18
Creator: Zeng Jian Team: Pan Haiyan, Chang Jiazhao, Wang Tao, Liu Yuan, Niu Yue-hui, Zhang Xue-yi, Zhang Qiangjun, He Ye-xin, He Zonghui, Li Tao, Bian Yu, Zhao Chao, Qiu Ben
Project Location: West bank of Stork River, Xixia County, Nanyang City, Henan Province
Project Scale: 304,000 square meters
Photo Credits: Zeng Jian
Clients: Xixia Housing and Urban-rural Development Bureau