Shanghai Minhang Culture and Administration Centre

Structure to city is like skeleton to human, it can shape the spirit and temperament of the city. So when the designers arrange landscape and architecture, they pay attention to construct a reasonable and effective structure. Under the structure, urban elements can interact with the structure, and play the biggest role within this combination

Designers determine the north-south axis direction to ensure that any direction of the field can see urban green space and the south Dingpu River.

In order to make city become a landscape, we think the connection among different elements is necessary. Designers set many junctions, calculate the optimal distance between each junction and then connect them, so as to create a landscape which is easy to be appreciated.

The rolling and turning describe the solution to path, and green space and buildings are subordinate to the same system.

We build a system according to the design principle of rolling and turning, which coordinates with the channel, greening and buildings within the same system , and which makes the constructions built along the respective road look as natural as part of the road. The road around the building constitutes a "c" shape, which is the basic form of walls and roofs. Road and greening dot the system as landscape.

The principle of rolling and turning is the most economic, ecological way for landscape forming.

The designers choose a dark concrete as the main material to make the path, sharing the same feature with Chinese characteristic flagstone, which has a good effect on the overall temperament. This is a salute and return to the Chinese characteristic architectural culture, and at the same time also it’s a more economical and practical way. Concrete is a building materials with well plasticity which can meet the requirements of rolling and turning landscape.

In general, this proposal has the following features:

1, Ecological and environmental protection: including water, greening, park, indoor and outdoor architectural space and public transportation subway station, etc. we realize the multiple use of all kinds of resources, achieve the maximum effectiveness, and reduce the waste. Natural ecology and social ecology complement each other, realizing the maximization of ecology.

2,Modernization. Structure and restructuring of cultural code bring new connotation , breed the huge economic, social and cultural development potential. This kind of structure and restructuring also bring new vitality to our culture development, and inspire more abundant form creating potential.

3, Open and sustainable development. This design is an open system, and with more cultural codes, more opportunities maybe created here. This will promote a long-term development potential which goes far beyond the design itself.


Project location: Shanghai,China

Project scale:  720,200m²

Client: Shanghai Minhang District Planning Bureau

Design time :2004

Task:  urban planning , architectural design