dws-west8-xinhua-park-binjiang-avn-770pxThe construction of the 1.6 km Xinhua Waterfront Park at the east coast of Huangpu River, Shanghai, China, will start at the end of this month.

The waterfront has been designed by Rotterdam-based West 8 architects, in cooperation with Tongji University.

Waterfront with vitality
According to the Shanghai Municipal Government that commissioned the project, it is their aspiration ‘to create a waterfront with vitality’. Their key to the design of the park is to ‘promote public health and to enrich citizen’s welfare’.

Given these objectives, West 8 designed a world-class waterfront park that harmonizes vegetation, atmosphere, culture and art against the metropolitan backdrop of Shanghai City.

dws-west8-xinhua-waterfront-impression-350pxImpression of the new Xinhua Waterfront Park, along the banks of the Huangpu river.

Public green space
West 8's design for Xinhua Waterfront Park will turn the east coast of Huangpu River to an integrated waterfront corridor with new city squares and waterfront public green space, complete with cycling tracks connecting to the city center.

This project has been announced by the Shanghai Municipal Government as one of the key projects of the Waterfront green space infrastructure framework, and was included in the recent ‘13th Five-Year Plan’ issued by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission as a pioneer project.

Four new squares
West 8's approach is 'simple yet beautiful, relaxed and romantic' and introduces four new major city squares:
● Minsheng square with a ferry terminal area
● Harbour square with a historic industrial architecture
● Baizi square with a retaining wall
● Xinhua square, functioning as a key node

This news item was originally published on the website of West 8.

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