01. 电建旧厂 | 工业基地
Established in 1952, Hubei Electric Construction Company is the earliest electric power construction enterprise in the central and southern regions, and is known as the “First Brigade of Chinese Electric Construction”. In the 1970s, the processing workshop of the electric construction plant was located at Xiaoguishan, Wuchang District, Wuhan City, and developed into a strong production base. Along with the transformation of China’s industrial layout, the blueprint of Wuhan city planning was released. This former proud industrial back-end production base gradually fell into despair, leaving only dilapidated old factory buildings.
02. 小龟山 | 破碎生长的山体公园
Xiaoguishan belongs to Zhongnan Road Street, located east of Zisha Road and north of Xiaoguishan Road, positioned as an important mountain park in the central area of Wuchang. The peak elevation of the mountain is about 63.8m, and the mountain form is irregular and obviously affected by the construction. The project is located on the slope of Xiaoguishan Mountain, and after a long time of plant construction, the original mountain has basically disappeared. A huge height difference has been formed inside the site. Between roads, terraces and slopes, the height difference is mostly 7m-12m, with a local maximum height difference of 21.5m.
Wandering around thegrounds, time suddenly slowed down, like entering another world. The dilapidated neighborhood, hundreds of large trees scattered in the site, sunlight through the treetops, casting dappled shadows on the walls and ground. The rich atmosphere of the old traditional neighborhood greets you. Red brickfactory buildings, discarded tires, gantry cranes, rusted machinery parts, these leftover industrial elements have marked the site with a profound heavy industry, and also provide rich elements for artistic re-creation.
It is a place full of stories and contradictions, and every scene seems to tell the story of the once hot and now lonely desolation. As the future Xiaoguishan Financial Cultural Park in Central China, we need to find a new direction for it to “live”.
Financial Theme: Combined with the location conditions of the site, the financial and cultural park is positioned to present the historical process of Wuhan’s financial development with its characteristics in the form of art.
Site History: The historical culture of the original factory is fully explored, and the old industrial facilities and equipment left in the original factory are used to show the development, opportunities and challenges brought by historical changes.
Site Elevation: The elevation of the lowest point in the site is 22.3M and the highest point is 43.8M, a differenceof 21.5M. The solution of the height difference problem is the biggest challenge for the design and the best opportunity to show the charm of landscape design.
△ 区位 · 定位
In line with the city’s development strategy, this project will create a Central China Financial & Cultural Industrial Park. The landscape design, around the city’s positioning, puts forward the design concept of “Central Finance – Central Park”, using design to integrate the financial industry needs, plant renewal, urban park, through artistic techniques, so that old memories into new places, so that life and art meet unexpectedly.
Through the concept, our design bond with the surrounding resources, inherit the historical culture, reshape the vitality of the site, connect to the future life, and finally become the vitality engine of Huazhong Financial Center.
The overall framework revolves around “two axes, three centers and many nodes”, forming a “financial landscape theme axis and landscape space axis”, with “Culture Square, Performance Square and Xiaoguishan Forest Park” as the center, connecting the south entrance square, north entrance square, office garden and other node spaces.
CHAPTER 01 活力的回归
Gantry Showground, a rectangular space about 130 meters long and 45 meters wide, with the original railway tracks and gantry crane, has become the most distinctive memory of the factory’s era. The current space is flat, open and slightly monotonous. The gantry crane is isolated in the site, lacking the atmosphere. We believe that artistic intervention is not to break up and start over, but to find the realsource of vitality in a scene. On the basis of fully preserving the current resources, we redefined this space to form a distinct rhythmic sequence.
Walking through the red brick factory under the sunlight to the Performing Arts Center, standing on the circular corridor, the once faded and old gantry crane on the open lawn area, repainted in bright red, stands, showing the unique time memory of the park.
The gantry crane, in both scale and shape, is the visual focal point of the park.
The “Eye of Finance” aerial walkway contrasts with the square building in a spiral structure, responding to the ancient Chinese spatial order of “Heaven and Earth”. The spiral walkway creates a centripetal force and cohesion, and implants a financial culture totem, witnessing the new growth force together with the thriving forest.
The combination of several landscape sequence nodes makes Longmen Showground a diversified and operable art activity venue, where communication, party, music PARTY, and all kinds of imagination of life can be accommodated, and it becomes the vital heart of the whole park.
CHAPTER 02 自然的回归
Xiaoguishan Forest Park is the ecological heart of this project. Due to the construction of the plant, the mountain is fragmented, the slopes are intertwined, and the maximum height difference is 21.5 meters. However, we believe that this mountain is precisely the most original memory of this site. Through the design, we hope tobring the mountain back to the site.
The original site of Xiaoguishan faded into the “industrial wasteland” over time. Deep into the site, the designers worked hard to find and piece together the fragments of the mountain, trying to bring it back. The design restores the slope of the mountain to create a park with different heights, and connects the sunny lawn and oxygen-rich shade with the office park, allowing people to meet Xiaoguishan again.
As the sun sets, acow stands idly on the grassy slope, looking away from the busy financial street in the distance. The breeze of nature welcomes you, it is the return of the mountain and the return of life.
The forested financial street stretches in the dense greenery, encountering vintage red brick factory buildings and modern facilities and installations along the way; walking through it is like riding a time train, inadvertently feeling the harmony of the old and the new, and the temperature of life’s interest.
CHAPTER 03 记忆的回归
The South Entrance Plaza, as the main entrance of the whole park, lacks a clear guide and aninterface for urban display, with a small space and a confusing background. Asthe beginning of a story, we want to open up the boundary and channel the view into the core, bringing out the strong time imprint of the site.
The design uses a rusted iron LOGO sculpture wall, and then the original industrial elements of the site, with anopen eight-shaped arrangement, forming a line of sight guide, the tall LOGO wall that effectively obscures the mixed space outside the red line, but alsowith the retained red brick wall building to form a good echo. It will naturally lead the flow of people to the “Culture Square”.
The financial bull isthe first focal point that opens the whole landscape sequence. The simple and powerful lines and distinctive red color ensure the penetration of sight linesand flow lines, but also become the unique visual center of this square space with an open posture.
The financial track,extending from the entrance plaza, guides the flow of people. Continuing the form of the railroad track, the financial history events are engraved in shade through the metal plates, as if strolling along the long river of time, fromthe old time into the new era.
We have preserved the remaining industrial machinery components, combined them in the landscape, andthrough artistic re-creation, built sculptural installations with the mark of heavy industry. It is a unique landscape that belongs to the history, but by the hand of art, it connects with the modern, preserving the memory of the pastand rejuvenating its appearance.
The first time I stepped into this site, I was attracted by the unique environment of this site, the leaves of the trees swayed, the red brick factory walls seemed to be talking, and the remaining traces of the park recorded the story of what had happened in this site. At that time, I thought, this site has a character, a temperature and a soul, and I want to treat it well. We realized the precipitation of culture, the preservation and reproduction of memory, the park where the trees grew, and the return of the mountain through several scenes of reproduction. To reshape the soul of the site and give it a new life, so that Little Turtle Mountain can come back to the vision and life of Wuhan people.
开 发 商：南国置业
景观设计：metrostudio 迈丘设计 项目3组