Recent heavy snowfall gave the new Xinhua water front park in Shanghai, China, an 'extra shiny colour', according to its designer, Dutch landscape architect firm West 8. The urban park was officially opened to the public on 31 December.

The 16 km new waterfront is the first part of the greater Huangpu Waterfront Revitalization project that has the ambition to transform 45 km of the waterfront along the Huangpu River of Shanghai.

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The planned transformation of 45 km of the waterfront along the Huangpu River is often nicknamed ‘mission impossible’. However, In 2016 landscape architect firm West 8 started, in collaboration with the Tongji University, the design process for the first part of the revitalization project, the 16 km long Xinhua waterfront park.

The construction was kicked off halfway 2017 and within 6 months’ time the park could be opened to the public.

West 8 designed the corridor as an ‘urban cultural living room’ for the Shanghai citizens to enjoy this new open space day and night, and in all seasons.

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The weather in Shanghai has surprised many at the beginning of this year, erratic snowfall in the city.

According to West 8 the snow has given some extra shiny colour to the yet newly constructed urban park, literally very much reflecting its design motto: 'simple yet beautiful, relaxed and romantic'.

The photos were taken during the last week of January, showing a glimpse of the new waterfront park where old and young can come and enjoy this slow-living and inclusive space in Shanghai, jogging or biking, while looking over the stunning skyline of Shanghai Huangpu.


This news item was originally published on the website of West 8.
(all photo's by Shanghai Shenjiang Liang'an Development Construction Investment Group)

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