785,800 sf. Greenroof
Greenroofs.com Featured Project December 9, 2021
Designed by Crossboundaries, Shenzhen Skypark is a sprawling, linear public greenroof park which serves to connect various neighborhoods and schools within a very densely populated area of southern China.
Despite its massive size, orientation is defined on a human scale and the different programmatic spaces flow together seamlessly.
Hao Dong, co-founder and partner at Crossboundaries says, “We were confronted with very exceptional circumstances. In China, infrastructure and traffic-related areas usually belong to the government and are not meant to be assigned any public use at all. This elongated rooftop presented itself with huge potential to be transformed into a usable park, accessible to a wider public and enriching the urban environment around it.”
And Binke Lenhardt, the other co-founder of Crossboundaries adds, “Our linear park is like a missing puzzle that plugs into the neighboring communities. It creates the necessary physical and visual link between the urban tissue and the seaside and, along the way, aims to satisfy the schools’ and the public’s ever growing need for recreational spaces and room to breathe in a dense, urban environment.”
A beautiful job on a project that not only offers new and healthy public spaces, but also contributes greatly to reducing stormwater runoff and the urban heat island. Well done, Crossboundaries! Also, thanks to Crossboundaries for sharing their video which we incorporated into our own Featured Project video.
Excerpt from the Greenroofs.com Project Profile:
A fusion of infrastructure, architecture and urban landscape, the Shenzhen Skypark revalues a former unused rooftop, converting it into a recreational urban strip integrating sports and playscape in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China. Located on the line to Shekou, a major crossing point to neighboring Hong Kong, the 1.2 km long rooftop of the Southern Terminal and Depot building of Shenzhen’s Metro Line 2 was transformed into a usable elevated park, accessible to a wider public and enriching the urban environment around it.
Designed by the international partnership of Crossboundaries, the main goal was to make use of the existing, yet previously underutilized rooftop area, and to better integrate the building into the fabric of its surroundings.
With an overall height of about 15m, and a width of 70m at the widest and 50m at the narrowest point, the original complex completely cut off nearby neighborhoods from the bay, neither adding any aesthetic value, nor serving a specific functional purpose.
Crossboundaries subdivided the roof surface area of 73,000 m2 into three programmatic zones of five segments for the three different user groups: one for the general public, for social & cultural interaction; one exclusively for use by the adjacent schools, fulfilling educational functions; and one for professional sports, for training activities and hosting of competitions with an audience.
Special emphasis was put on the fact that all three user scenarios could take place in parallel. For all of the schools, a total of five tennis and six basketball courts and two Five-a-side fields, were placed. Several running tracks (460m, 160m, and a straight 200m track) were also added.
The competition and training area for professionals was equipped with two lawn courts, six competitive tennis courts, four training and two clay courts, and two volleyball courts. The community segment features green areas, as well as a full-size soccer field. Approximately 33% of the overall roof area is vegetated, and the wayfinding and signage system facilitates navigation.
Shenzhen Skypark attracts users of all profiles and ages, ensuring that the area is used throughout the day by a diverse audience. Crossboundaries’ solution is a green accent in its surroundings which aims to enable a healthy urban lifestyle. The roof park development has become an attractive addition to the urban neighborhood, interwoven in its infrastructure and seen as a community jewel that many of the surrounding high-rise buildings have a direct view upon.
And 360-degree panoramic views from the Shenzhen Skypark reveal the surrounding urban landscapes, the Shenzhen skyline, and Shenzhen Bay, presenting an ever-changing experience.
Owner: Shenzhen Nanshan District Government Investment Project Preliminary Work Office
Location: Shenzhen Skypark
Building Program: Park
Roof Type: Intensive
Greenroof System: Custom
Size: 785,800 sq. ft.
Vegetated Area: 237,000 sq. ft.
LANDSCAPE/ARCHITECTURE/ INTERIOR/SIGNAGE DESIGN:
CROSSBOUNDARIES PARTNERS IN CHARGE:
BINKE LENHARDT, DONG HAO
CROSSBOUNDARIES TEAM DESIGN PHASE:
ALAN CHOU, TAN KEBIN, FANG RUO, HAO HONGYI, GAO YANG, DAVID ENG, XIAO EWAN, WANG XUDONG
CROSSBOUNDARIES TEAM COMPETITION PHASE:
TRACEY LOONTJENS, GAO YANG, LIBNY PACHECO, ANIRUDDHA MUKHERJEE, TAN KEBIN, YU CHLORIS, ALAN CHOU, DAHYUN KIM, WANG XUDONG
BEIJING INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
BOLIYANG LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN CO., LTD.
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