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MVRDV win competition for Zhangjiang Future Park, a 100,000m2 park and culture centre in Shanghai

MVRDV win competition for Zhangjiang Future Park, a 100,000m2 park and culture centre in Shanghai

Zhangjiang Future Park will become a new focal point for Pudong with communal public facilities combining nature, culture and entertainment with green landscaped buildings and a public park blending into its surrounding. MVRDV’s competition-winning design combines 10,000m2 of public plazas and 37,000m2 divided over four venues: A library, an art centre, a performance centre and a sports centre. Furthermore, a 56,000m2 public park will be realised.

Located in Pudong, Shanghai, Zhangjiang Future Park is part of a high-technology and innovation district for both national and international companies hosting over 100,000 workers. Aside from being a business and industrial park, the area provides residences for workers and their families who live nearby. MVRDV’s competition-winning design combines 10,000m2 of public plazas and 37,000m2 of four distinct venues – a library, an art centre, a performance centre and a sports centre. Furthermore, 56,000m2 of public park will be created which blends in and draws from the natural green surrounding landscapes.

“We wanted to respect the natural green landscape for Zhangjiang Future Park and drew from its island location separated by two rivers”, says Nathalie de Vries, co-founder of MVRDV. “The entire complex will provide high quality public space with public and cultural facilities, making it a place for relaxation and excitement for the people who work and live here.”

The four distinct buildings are at the heart of this development and offer within walking distance an array of cultural and entertainment facilities. They all have activated roofs forming an elevated area connected together with pedestrianised bridges, acting as a second city layer that provides views of the river and neighbourhood and picnic areas. The design proposes a recognisable collection of buildings that emerge seemingly like silhouetted cracks in the landscape and provide different perspectives depending on where one is located on the site. The green roofs programme not only offers a lively and biodiverse park programme integrated into the building’s function but they provide sustainable benefits including stormwater drainage, cleaner air, noise reduction and energy savings due to thermal insulation.

MVRDV will work with ISA Architecture, Shanghai (co-architects) and Openfabric, Rotterdam (landscape architects). The competition-winning design was selected by Zhangjiang Group Co. Ltd, one of China's first state-level high-tech zones.

Visit the project page here for more information.