Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
10th China International Garden Expo in Wuhan by RTA-Office
September 27th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: RTA-Office
The complex of buildings is placed in Wuhan, a financial, commercial, logistic, and cultural center in Central China. In 2015, China’s highest-level garden event, the 10th China International Garden Expo, will be held in the city. Garden expo will be housed in the central of China for first time (first edition was in 1997).
The event is supposed to attract more than 12.000.000 visitors from home and abroad.
This Garden Expo is framed in the ecological theme of “Two Axes & Two Rings, Six Wedges and Multiple Corridors”, and will be located by the Fuhe River’s green wedge.
The site is in the center of the Zhang Gongdi forest park, which is currently under construction. The Expo Park has an overall planned area of 214ha approximately. A large portion of it is located on a vast landfill area, which makes of the expo an ecological restoration project of massive proportions. The Expo looks for ecological mending and restoration, and the implementation of low-carbon construction technologies.
RTA Service Center and Commercial Street will be located In the North Entrance Scenic area of the Expo site, which will be the main entrance for pedestrian and public transportation visitors.
After the exhibition, the Expo Park will become a comprehensive city park, and some of its gardens will remain as permanent scenic areas.
Proposal for the Service Center and Commercial Street of the Northern Scenic Entrance –
The proposal consists on the master plan design for the plot, integrating a Commercial Street into the existing system of buildings planned for the Northern Entrance Scenic Area of the International Garden Expo: Exhibition Park, International Arts and Garden Center, and a 5-stars Hotel. It will include a current and a future scenario for the plot (taking into account the possible future lifecycle of the complex),where the Exhibition Garden will be converted into a New Residential Area and the Service Center for the Exhibition into a Commercial Street which will cover the needs of the future Residential Area.
Phase 1 (During China International Garden Expo) –
During the International Garden Exhibition, the Plot will contain an Exhibition Garden, a Hotel, the International Arts and Garden Center, designed by OMA, and a Service Center for the Exhibition, by RTA-Office.
For this period, the proposal focuses on the design of several buildings which will serve as Service Center for the China International Garden Expo, as well as in creating a connection between the main street and the lakeshore, through the creation of a scenic street that ends in an observation pier over the Jinying Lake.
Phase 2 (After the China International Garden Expo) –
After the International Exhibition, the area of the Exhibition Garden is intended to be a new residential area; the International Arts and Garden Center will become the Wuhan Wedding Culture Center; and the Service Center will become a new Commercial Street. The Hotel will remain in the future scenario.
The complex is composed by single angular volumes harmoniously connected together.
The volumes are shaped in a meticulous way with cuts and cracks that act as entrances and windows to bring the natural light inside.
The presence of water, terraces and enjoyable pathways offers a pleasant outdoor space offering a place of encounter and leisure.
Visitors’ involvement becomes a big part of the project. The accurate mixture of vegetation, water and architecture, offers unexpected spaces seeking to provoke intensive experiences, both inside the complex and outside.