HELSINKI – AVIAPOLIS BLOCKS

HELSINKI – AVIAPOLIS BLOCKS

Program: Housing + Mixed use

Total surface: 150 Ha

Budjet: NA

Client: Municipality of Vantaa

Location: Vantaa, Finland

Design: 2017

Team: Nauta architecture & research, DMP Architetti

 

The nature of world airport cities changes very much from place to place. Their relationship with the airport, their economy and demography, depend a lot on the volume of flights and international connections. Helsiki airport is in a middle position if compared with international examples. This means that Aviapolis ambition will very much be based not only on the international market but most of all on the local one and on the living and working ambitions of its inhabitants. We believe that Aviapolis should primarily be planned as a self sustainable micro-city; It should provide services and commodities for its own inhabitants, promote sustainable mobility by reducing the need of the car, therefore offering as many functions as possible. Yet, it should be resilient enough to absorb possible future flows of visitors, as the market will evolve in time. We imagine a domestic city with a strong sense of identity, projected towards futuristic scenarios of healthy sustainable living.

 

The project defines a very clear and pragmatic urban structure, focusing on the recognizability of the urban fabric. The current urban plan defines three major areas, constituted by mixed use program, services and residential. The masterplan starts from accepting this pragmatic distribution as a base to hybridize the three clusters and make them depend from each other. An healthy city provides easy access to services and commodities to everybody, reducing excessive commuting and boring monofunctionality.

 

  • EAST HOUSING DISTRICT

This district is characterized by a clear barcode structure that creates an enfilade of courtyards from south to north, crossed by small cozy residential alleys.

This structure defines a fine fabric of carefully dimensioned housing plots, which offer a huge variety of housing typologies and a rich combination of services. On the east road, the buildings’ ground floor hosts small commercial activities. The blocks offer a huge palette of collective spaces; from internal courtyards, to roof gardens, condominium farming on the roof, nursery, sauna, DIY lab, free collective fitness appliances, common laundry areas, storages and bike repair lab, common open kitchen for barbeque, and as many more the collective of residences will come up with in the future.

The mix of housing typologies includes apartments, lofts, studio flats, as well as single family houses. We believe that this mix will favor the social integration that can transform Aviapolis on the long run into a real mini city, an “interesting” city to live in. This mix contains both social types identified by the brief, social community as well as depot tribe.

On the north and the south sides of the development, two special buildings collect the parking program.

 

  • SOUTH SERVICES DISTRICT

This district is defined by a rich plinth system that, from the ground floor up, evolves into terraces and small towers. The service area hosts entrepreneurial activities, the creative industry, as well as start-ups in the fields or art, medical research and sustainable mobility. Defined by three blocks, the district presents commercial spaces, terraced restaurants and bars. The bridges host small/medium office spaces for entrepreneurs. The social character of the cluster is completed by the upper apartment blocks. The internal spaces of this cluster bustle with people at any time. The upper apartments guarantee a 24/7 frequentation of the public space.

 

  • NORTH MULTIFUNCTIONAL DISTRICT.

This area becomes the active city center of Aviapolis. A new multifunctional building bridging Rälssitie, connects the new development to the adjacent west residential district. On the ground floor the building frames a square where the tram stops in both directions. Shops and services will animate the public space. The north portion hosts a generous car park on three levels. The east and west wings host an incubator for small enterprises, as well as hair dresser, beauty salon, small clinic, dentist studios and more everyday services. The south-east corner is occupied by two housing floors with 20 studios for starters. On the upper floors the east wing hosts sport facilities and fitness, while the west side is occupied by greenhouses with urban farming facilities. On top of the roof there’s an urban market where locals can buy zero km biological products or enjoy their time in one of the restaurants and clubs with view towards the central park.

The block to the east presents a porous structure, facing Tikkurilantie with office spaces, while opening up to the park with modular residences for depot tribe and visitors. This complex will be flexible to host different future leasing configurations, from a hotel, a student house, to a traditional housing complex.

 

  • CENTRAL PARK AND ATOMI BUILDING.

The three districts described present a clear recognizable bulgy shape by reacting to the conformation of the park, the flows and the central protagonist of the composition: the Atomi building. As a trilobal shaped volume, this complex hosts a smooth distribution of functions under the same roof: daycare center, primary school, library and café in the first phase, secondary school in the second phase. The building roof is an extension of the park, maximizing the social role of the building within the park. The central courtyard is closed by gates during the day, in order to control the kids playground. After school time the gates are open to allow the collective use of the courtyard for cultural activities.

SHENZHEN – PINGSHAN ROAD

Program: Urban plan for the Shenzhen Pingshan district

Axis length: 20 km

Budget: NA

Client: The People’s Government of Pingshan district, Shenzhen municipality.

Location: Shenzhen, China

Design: 2017

Local associate office: SADI – Shenzhen Architecture Design Institute

 

The line stretching from the Longgang district towards east, following the line of Pingshan road, crosses very different districts and natural areas. This line represents a huge opportunity for Shenzhen to structure an important development axis towards the east, in long connection with the cities of Huizhou and Xiamen. Pingshan Road will cross 3 main cities, signed by important natural and infrastructural bands: a culture/health oriented city, a new CBD business and multifunctional district and a research and technology city to the north. Simultaneously, these districts will be crossed by the high speed train to Huizhou-Xiamen, served by the new Pingshan station, as well as the subway system and several important ecological corridors.

The different conditions that Pingshan Road will have to relate with, as well as the current infrastructure model of main express roads crossing Shenzhen, make us reflect on how to update the infrastructure model into a sustainable new direction. Starting from the analysis of the current infrastructure model of the city, as well as the last decades developments in China, we notice that the traditional motorway model is mostly car based. The need to connect districts very far from each other, as well as the growing use of the car as main mobility tool, has favored a fast development, too much car focused, ignorant of the role of the pedestrians.

This model needs to change and, even though cars will stay by now largely used by our society, we need to think of new resilient models that will, on the long run, replace the car with modern low carbon mobility modes. For this reason, the design of a new axis as Pingshan Road, needs to start from renovated premises and a flexible design that will allow a switch in time from fuel based mobility to new natural energy mobility systems. The design concept is based on the different adaptation to the three different contexts of Pingshan Road, reinterpreting the relationship between man and infrastructure, always based on people and nature, never on the car.

THE VALLEY

The first typology of intervention will repeat equally in the two gates south and north to the area. Approaching from Shenzhen or from east Huizhou, Pingshan will welcome visitors through a landscaped valley. The traditional model of Shennan road, with high-rise concentrated on the street and low rise internal communities, has always compressed the space on the motorway. Instead this model concentrates the commercial activities on the road but it reduces as well its landscape perception and the possibility to dissipate car pollution. The result generates every time into wide road sections, where just a limited space is left on the sides for the pedestrians, forced to cross through underway passages or very long flyovers. This model is outdated. Roads need to be based first on the human scale of pedestrians and bikes, while reserving to cars and vehicles a temporary space, which will gradually be absorbed by new low carbon modes of transport. We introduce a new terraced scheme where the gradual growth of building height from the street towards the outside will increase the landscape and sky perception from the street, will improve the air quality, as well as improving the general landscape perception of the urban space. This model wills to transform a traditional motorway into a more extended section that hosts a real park; a green boulevard within which the car traffic occupies a limited side role when compared to the section.

THE ELEVATED PARK

When crossing the new central business district, commercial values, as well as denser percentage of daily visitors and a congestion of mobility modes within a hub will need to face a necessary density, more typical of the CBD metropolitan context. This implies taller buildings and denser development. In order to face and blend this reality, we propose to cover the car section of the road with an elevated park that will clearly separate the fast and efficient car based environment from the upper development. Sky gardens, bike and pedestrian roads and squares will articulate a vertical system where the impact of the car will be inexistent. The lower levels will host a multimodal hub, exchange between car, subway, bike parking, collective shared car parks, as well as commercial areas.

THE ARTIFICIAL HILL

Towards north, when coming out of the business city, Pingshan road will cross a new research and technology city, where an important agriculture corridor will filter this new district from the CBD. Our strategy proposes to develop a campus based system for the new research center, where the road section devoted to cars will be covered by an artificial hill. The hill will only resemble a natural element, while lodging underground the shared parking spaces; a renovated direct relationship with nature will favor a new healthy lifestyle for the inhabitants of the district, who will not experience the car, while living in a completely natural context, facing the agriculture corridor from north to south.

THE AGRICULTURE PARK

The Road, after crossing the artificial hill, will we sunken underground for a short trunk, less than one km long, passing under the agricultural park. In order to avoid a double obstacle in the natural development of this ecological corridor, we try to preserve the circulation from north to south without blocking it with infrastructural boundaries. For this reason we propose to bury the Pingshan Road, which will re-emerge to the urban level right after crossing the agriculture park. This park constitutes a highly important corridor to preserve the natural network of nature and water elements crossing the east metropolitan area of the city.

 

项目名称:深圳市平山区的城市规划

轴线距离:20km

预算:NA

客户:深圳市平山区人民政府

地址:中国深圳

日期:2017

当地合作:SADI-深圳建筑设计事务所

 

深圳平山路

顺着龙岗区向东延伸,平山路横跨了不同的地区和自然地貌。 平山路代表了深圳建设东部重要发展轴的巨大契机,与惠州,厦门等城市长期相连。 平山路将跨越3个主要城市,致力于建设以文化和健康为导向的城市,新建商业和多功能区以及北部科技城。 同时,这些地区将会与从惠州至厦门的高铁交汇产生新的平山站。铁路系统和几个重要的生态走廊也将如此。

这项工程所涉及的不同情况, 以及现时横跨深圳的主要特快道路的基建模式, 使我们反思如何将基建模式更新为可持续的新路向。从对当前城市基础设施模型的分析, 以及中国近几十年的发展情况出发, 我们注意到传统的机动车路模型大多是基于汽车的。各区之间的连接很远, 越来越多使用汽车作为主要的移动工具,无视了行人的角色。

这种模式需要改变,即使现在汽车在现在很大程度上被我们社会所使用,我们也需要考虑一下新的弹性模型,从长远来看,将以现代的低碳流动模式取代汽车。 因此,以平山路为轴线的设计需要从房屋开始,灵活的设计将能够及时将燃料转移到新的自然能源系统。 设计理念基于对平山路三种不同环境的不同适应性,重新诠释人与基础设施之间的关系,始终以人与自然为依托而不是车。

山谷部分

第一种类型的干预措施将在南部和北部两个端口进行。接近深圳或惠州东部地区,平山路将通过一个园景山谷吸引游客。如果按照深南路的传统模式,高层建筑集中在街道上,低层建筑在内部,这一直压缩着高速公路上的空间。这种模式将商业活动集中在道路上,但它减弱了景观感知,减少了消除汽车污染的可能性。结果导致每一次进入宽阔的路段,在行人只剩下有限的空间,人们被迫穿过通道或非常长的天桥。这个模式已经过时了。道路应以行人和自行车空间为基础,同时保留汽车和临时车辆的空间,而这样的空间也将逐渐被新的低碳运输方式所吸收。我们推出一个新的梯田型设计,即建筑物高度从街道向外逐渐增加,将增加街景的景观和天空感,提高空气质量,改善城市空间的景观感。这种模式将为传统的高速公路增加扩展的空间,使它能够承载一个真正的公园。与该部分相比,汽车交通仅占有这个绿色大道有限的一面。

高架公园

当跨越新的中央商务区时,商业价值观增加,使用者更加密集,中心区内的流动模式将需要面对必要的高密度,这是更为典型的CBD大都会背景。 这意味着更高的建筑物和更密集的发展。 基于这个现实,我们建议用一个抬起的公园来覆盖道路的车辆部分,这样将快速有效的使汽车行驶环境与上层发展分开。 天空花园,自行车和行人道以及广场将会形成垂直的系统,汽车的将不再产生影响。底层将为多式联运,汽车,地铁,自行车停车场,集体共用停车场以及商业区。

人造山景

向北方出发,平山路将跨越一个新的科技城市,这是一个重要的远离中心商务区的农业区。 我们建议开发一个新的系统,专门用于汽车的路段将由人造山丘覆盖。 小山只会像自然元素一样。与大自然的改造的直接关系将有利于该地区居民的新的健康生活方式,他们不会看看到车辆,而是生活在一个完全自然的环境中,面向农村南北通透。

农业园区

道路穿越人造山后,我们将在经过农业园区时在地下建设一条长短不到一公里的短的通道。 为了避免保护这个生态走廊,我们试图保持北向南的流通,不阻碍基础设施的界限。 为此,我们建议将平山路下沉,在穿过农业园区后,再次出现在市区。 这个农业园构成了一个非常重要的走廊,它保护了城市东部地区的自然和水体。

TORINO – PASCOLI SCHOOL

Competition proposal

Program: Renovation of an existing secondary school

Total Museum area: 2000 sqm

Budget: 2,6 ml €

Client: Municipality of Torino

Location: Torino, Italy

Design: 2017

 

The project wills to create an exciting creative and communal educational.The access, designed as plastic and iconic object, touches the original facade respecting its volumes and openings. The entrance object is shaped into a light staircase, a climbing ramp, a seating and a roof deck, integrating into its structure the lighting system and the new school signage.

The classrooms are defined as spaces for traditional teaching, in which the furniture elements change the perception and use of spaces, while the workshops, rest areas and circulation are shaped as multifunctional spaces, becoming meeting points between the different classrooms and the community. The proposed layout consolidates all the functions destined to extracurricular activities, offering the left spaces to the neighborhood.

The spaces are organized to give priority to the collective spaces, where all students and users of the building are free to express themselves during the learning process.

As a gaming system, with respect to the spaces and internal volumes, it is proposed to insert an internal wayfinding signage system, which visibly connects the exterior of the building with the multiplicity of its interior spaces, simplifying the circulation, driving efficiently the students’ daily flows and occasional community flows.

RABAT-ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM

Restricted Competition

Program: Archaeology and Natural Sciences Museum of Rabat

Total Museum area: 13600 sqm

Landscape: 20400 sqm

Budget: 24,5 ml €

Client: Moroccan Government

Location: Rabat, Morocco

Design: 2014

The building is designed as a metaphor of an archaeological ruin, composed by layers of limestone. Their horizontal layout allows an optimal functional organization, with a gradual passage from public to private spaces, connected with the back logistics. The volumes are very integrated with the surroundings and their limited density.

The main exhibition space is a square independent volume that sits on top of the lower layered rectangles. The plan is organized as a concentric system, articulating the museum with two types of space: a central one, illuminated by zenithal natural light, and the perimeter ring, illuminated by a continuous window. The roof is covered with a pattern of circular dome shaped skylights, which are cut on the north side, offering the best natural light to the interiors. By this way, centralizing the plan and opening multiple connection routes, the visitor will choose his criteria to visit the museum, having the possibility to change as well the curatorial route, from chronological, to thematic to random. The finishing materials are intended to make a reference to local techniques and colors, without losing sight cost-effectiveness of the work.

建筑设计为由石灰石层组成,作为历史考古遗址的象征。水平方向设计可有不同功能的组织排列,并通过从公共空间走向私密空间并且连接博物馆后面的服务空间。建筑体量与周围环境相融合一体。

主要的展览空间位于下层矩形空间的顶部是一个独立的正方形空间。平面以同心圆的方式组织,将博物馆与两种不同类型的空间联系在一起:中心空间,由天顶自然光照明,同心圆的周长边缘由连续窗口照明。穹顶南边玻璃可以为室内空间提供最好的自然采光。这种同心圆式的平面布局可以提过开放的流线,参观者可根据随意的参观博物馆。材料选参考利用当地的技术及颜色。

 

 

TARANTO-HISTORICAL CENTER RENEWAL

International Competition

FINALIST

Program: Masterplan for the requalification of the historical center of Taranto

Total floor area: 15 ha

Budget: N/A

Client: Comune di Taranto, Invitalia

Location: Taranto, Italy

Design: 2017

Team: Alvisikirimoto, NAUTA architecture & research, Deltastudio, Milan Ingegneria;

consultants: Antonio Calafati (urban regeneration and business development), Christian Iaione (sharing economy, public and urban policy), Francesca Franceschinelli (comunication and culture), Petra Blaise, Jana Crepon (landscape), Enrico Moretti (sustainable mobility), Giuseppina Caroppo (curatorial and art consultant), Cecilia d’ Ercole (archeology), Eloisa Susanna (energy), Costanza La Mantia (participated process), Cristina Alga (community engagement), Luigi Corvo (social and ecology economy, value chain).

 

The island separates the center of the urban life from the area in the north, where the metallurgic factory and the Tamburi district are considered the most problematic for pollution and poor social conditions. For this reason the center has the potential to inject new life on a systemic level in the city. The project is articulated with material and immaterial interventions, with the goal of bringing the island back to a functional and effective performance.

The Basic infrastructural strategy has the goal of making the general infrastructure efficient and modern. His intervention should help the island to get rid of the traffic, coming from its role of connection/crossing. The general decongestion would help as well to re-educate the inhabitants to use new maximized public transport, new alternative transportation (via water) and pedestrian bike circulation. The diffused re-qualifying strategy is partially developed simultaneously to the first one. It includes the punctual restoration of the existing building heritage, the restoration of those structures with artistic and historical value, till the demolition and reconstruction of new parts. This strategy includes as well the improvement of the public spaces and circulation enclaves. The Performing infrastructural strategy focuses mostly on the waterfront and the interventions within the inner fabric (squares, terraces), which will duplicate the pedestrian and circulation apparatus of the island and will unable it to absorb a new cultural program for the long term. The new waterfront infrastructure is light and with a low environmental impact. This strategy wills to limit the physical intervention, leaving space to a rich future curatorial program of events and socio-economic scenarios. The socio-economic strategy is the most immaterial, yet the most important for the long term. Parallel to the precedent interventions, it defines the base for the future evolution of the island and its capability to welcome the new generations. A unique cultural program, developed by a pool of experts, will boost the image of Taranto among the list of the places to visit, contributing to combine micro and macro economy actions. These actions might help, on the long term, to transform the actual industrial paradigm of the city into a new service oriented one.

 

Il centro storico è il filtro tra la Taranto vissuta ed amata dai tarantini (quella del borgo ottocentesco) e quella più discussa dell’Ilva, del quartiere Tamburi, considerato da anni luogo di degrado ambientale e sociale. Il centro storico, come cuore fisico della città, deve tornare ad assumere il proprio ruolo di centro città. Le ragioni di questa perdita di leadership risiedono prevalentemente nel profondo handicap infrastrutturale del centro storico che ha reso l’isola incapace di evolversi con la città, con la sua economia e società. Come un corpo amputato, il centro storico necessita la sua protesi per tornare a correre al lato del resto della città ed a svolgerne il ruolo di cuore culturale ed economico. Per questo il progetto si materializza come processo dinamico, composto da strategie materiali e immateriali, che riportino a lungo termine il centro storico ad una performance adatta alla città contemporanea.

La strategia infrastrutturale di base ha l’obiettivo di rendere il centro storico capace di funzionare in maniera sufficientemente efficiente nell’immediato. Si porta l’isola ad eliminare il traffico dovuto all’infrastruttura insufficiente. Attraverso la fluidificazione dei flussi più aggressivi, si da il via a una nuova fase educativa degli abitanti locali, attraverso l’inserimento di potenziati mezzi pubblici, possibili vie di comunicazione alternative (per esempio via acqua), e la sensibilizzazione all’uso di mobilità pedonale e ciclabile. La strategia risanante diffusa inizia contemporaneamente alla prima fase. Essa comprende il puntuale risanamento della massa edilizia presente nel centro storico, secondo un suo attento cronoprogramma proporzionato allo stato conservativo dei manufatti. Dall’eliminazione di quelli pericolanti, alla ristrutturazione e restauro di quelli di pregio fino alle future nuova edificazione di aree liberate da inutile superfetazioni o edifici non recuperabili. Si includono inoltre gli interventi immediati di ripristino di spazi pubblici e viabilità interclusa che al momento inibiscono ogni possibilità di vivere la città in maniera funzionale. La strategia infrastrutturale performante s’incentra principalmente sul waterfront e sui macro interventi interni al centro storico (per esempio nelle piazze e sulle terrazze) che porteranno l’isola ad usufruire di una nuova infrastruttura efficiente, dal ridotto impatto ambientale, capace di permettere all’isola di accogliere un nuovo programma curatoriale a lungo termine. L’idea di un elemento lineare flessibile permette di pensare ad un’infrastruttura leggera, dal limitato impatto ambientale, dal ridotto budget di costruzione, facile realizzazione in fasi e dalla capacità di supporto al programma futuro. L’obiettivo è di ridurre al minimo l’intervento fisico per lasciare spazio al futuro sviluppo programmatico del programma culturale e socio-economico dell’isola. La strategia socio economica è la più immateriale ma più importante a lungo termine. Spalmata a cavallo delle precedenti fasi e nel futuro, essa getta le basi per un rinnovato funzionamento del centro storico, capace di ospitare le nuove generazioni di tarantini (e non), con nuove idee imprenditoriali. La ri-funzionalizzazione dell’isola permette, attraverso le attività aggiunte, di attrarre nuovi ed eterogenei gruppi sociali, capaci di aggiungersi all’importante strato esistente degli abitanti storici dell’isola. Un ricco programma curatoriale, sviluppato da un gruppo multidisciplinare di consulenti per la municipalità contribuirà a posizionare Taranto sulla lista dei posti in cui la nuova micro economia genera un nuovo paradigma urbano.

CHONGQING – RESIDENTIAL SKY FARM

Chongqing South Bank Residential Skyscraper

International Competition

FINALIST (one out of eight in second phase)

Program: Interior and landscape design of ground floor and three sky lobbies of Nambin I, tower B

Total floor area: 5000 mq

Budget: 10 Mil. RMB

Client: Youngsters Industry Co. Ltd

Location: Chongqing, China

Design: 2016

The project asks for the design of 4 lobbies of a residential skyscraper in Chongqing, China, integrating collective and social spaces with green and nature. Nauta approached the design by analyzing the actual needs of the average Chinese city, in terms of social use of the green, as well as the shortages of agricultural land, the increase of population and waste of resources. The result is the design of a productive model, where the lobbies host indoor farming systems and water recycling, aside ludic activities. The four floors are divided into four elements; the ground floor is the garden lobby, where the landscape intrudes the space reaching seamlessly the core of the building, creating spaces for leisure, relaxation and agriculture. The twelfth floor hosts facilities for indoor farming, with climate controlled production spaces, retail space and consumption of Km.0’s products. The third lobby is modeled using bamboo canes, creating spaces for group activities or meditation, characterized by the perception of the wind and its noise. The last lobby hosts a spa and fitness facilities. The terraces are also used to collect rainwater, recycled within the building. We wanted to offer a sustainable residential development model, innovative and reproducible, in which the concept of sustainability becomes part of everyday life.

该项目是在中国重庆设计一个住宅高层的4个大厅,将社会社交活动与绿色生态融为一体。

Nauta通过分析研究中国大部分城市的实际需求,在社会绿色的利用,以及农地短缺,人口增加和资源浪费方面进行设计。设计以4个大厅有室内栽培和水循环结合社交活动而成为具有农业生产力的高层住宅模式。

四层大厅都有不同的设计元素。一层为花园大厅,具有生产力的景观为休闲娱乐提供空间,并且引领人流进入高层一层室内中心交通核。十二层的室内种植架不但可在一年四季为住户提供绿色的蔬菜,而且围合的空间可谓住户提供娱乐空间。二十六层大厅主要利用竹元素,提供团体活动空间和冥想空间,风吹动竹林,有身临其境的感觉。四十层大厅主要功能为水疗与健身。露台可收集雨水可用于住户卫生间冲水。

 

我们希望提供一个创新可持续的,高层住宅模式,并将可持续性的概念成为日常生活的一部分。

SHENZHEN – SHAJING OYSTER DISTRICT

International Competition

Program: Masterplan for the requalification and modernization of the Oyster Village

Total floor area: N/A

Budget: N/A

Client: Bao’an local government

Location: Shenzhen, Shajing district, China

Design: 2016

Shajing district emblematically embodies the fast changes of the Special Economic Zone becoming a perfect and iconic example to describe what happened with the fast revolution of the area, since the first rural villages were increased by the diffusing of the urban village structure.

The aim of our proposal is double. From one side, to steer the transformation process and to lead it towards a sustainable direction, converting the manifacturing industry into new activities and into the economy of service. From the other, to bring the process forward, starting from the protection of the historical qualities, of the urban and architectural traditions, and using the disappearing traditional economy as spin off to continue the transformation of the area, with the aim of a configuration in which the human quality of life can be again the focus goal of the urban design.

沙井区体现了在经济区的快速变化后,成为该地区快速发展后的因为第一农村村庄由于城市村庄结构的扩散而增加完美和标志性的例子。

我们设计理念涉及连个方面。第一方面引领转型过程,使转型走向可持续发展的方向,将体现产业转化为新的活动和服务经济。另一方面,从保护历史,城市和建筑传统开始,并利用正在消失的传统经济来转变地区,利用城市空间设计来居民生活质量

SHENZHEN – XIXIANG URBAN RENEWAL

International competition

Program: Masterplan for the requalification and modernization of the Xixiang district

Total floor area: 8.4 kmq

Budget: N/A

Client: Bao’an local Government

Location: Shenzhen, Xixiang district, China

Design: 2016

The approach to the urban intervention was to bring out the specificities of the place and to design a masterplan starting from them. Especially the preservation of the meaningful historical parts and of the urban village structure doesn’t look back to the past, but try to give new lymph for the economical sustainability of these urban texture which are disappearing and seem cannot find their meaning inside the Chinese metropolis economy.

An important step is the redevelopment of the waterfront and the connection with the villages of Gushu that now is denied by the presence of the infrastructure. This link give new possibilities to the villages and, in this way, supports their urban and social requalification. Also the green network wants to accentuate the presence of the green elements that already exists, considering that they are very rare in Chinese cities.

The urban mosaic is clarified where it is possible and transformed where it isn’t. This transformation is led from the needs that in Xixiang are still missing.

The union of all this different parts and urban textures is made through the study of a network of public spaces which improve the quality of life and joins all the area in a unitary vision for Xixiang.

介绍

设计主要目的是先从具有本地独特性的小地方设计出发,从而发展到总体规划。在大城市中,历史遗留下的城市中的村落空间,给予新经济可持续性发展。

重新设计发展滨海区与固戍的连接,不但可以对城市里的村落在有新的发展,而且加入再多城市中缺少的景观绿色网络。清楚地确定在西乡可改造的城市空间。不同地区和城市纹理可网络公共空间的研究,提高生活质量和统一西乡不同区域。

SHENZHEN – YANTIAN DIFFUSED HOTEL

International Competition
FIRST PRIZE
Program: Urban re-qualification of the Dameisha urban village, through the introduction of a “diffused hotel”
Total floor area: N/A
Budget: N/A
Client: Yantian local Government
Location: Shenzhen, Yantian district, China
Design: 2016, on going

Within Shenzhen, Yantian plays a specific role, due to its special natural qualities, tourism attractions and proximity to Hong Kong. By looking at the geography of Shenzhen and its landscape conformation, it is evident that Yantian plays an important role in the preservation of natural values, important for the whole metropolitan area. In fact, the presence of the highest mountain within the municipal boundary, as well as the most valuable bathing beach of the city, make this location a top destination for the tourism industry of Shenzhen.

The district hosts some of the oldest urban villages in Shenzhen, base and origin of this city, thus integral part of the cultural and historical evolution of the region. When entering the village from south, Dameisha presents a central area with low density and buildings ranging between one and two floors. The east and west areas present higher density, similar to the dysfunctional urban villages that we find in other parts of the city. The central area, besides presenting lower buildings, is characterized by an irregular pattern of public spaces, more or less defined but definitely more generous than the common narrow alleys. At the moments this sequence of spaces is very disorganized and constantly occupied by parking lots that make the whole area useless for public use. The centre is as well signed by several commercial activities, street food, convenience stores and small entertainment places.

The most interesting feature of this village though is its incredible proximity to the beach, the best bathing place in Shenzhen, as well as being surrounded by almost 200 hotels only in Daimesha district. By analyzing the local tourism offer we noticed how homogeneous it is at the moment, offering very extensive traditional hotel developments with no typology variations. The natural qualities of the area as well as the cultural attractions in the whole Yantian make possible to extend its tourism targets, including younger as well as cultural oriented groups that are interested in the authentic experiences of the place.

Backpackers, tourists well travelled and flexible to adapt to the local conditions, not interested in the global luxury experience of a chain hotel, would be perfect visitors for Dameisha. Its proximity to Hong Kong, as well as its good connection to the beach and the city centre of Shenzhen, could transform this area in the tourism heart of Shenzhen. For this reason our plan proposes to establish in this village a first example of Diffused Hotel, a prototype we believe will be easy to implement by the cooperation of different housing owners. It will be as well the spin off for several activities and cultural events that will transform the area in a new and different city centre.

In our vision Dameisha becomes the centre for many events and business activities: the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, an Art festival, a fashion event, an Urban Agriculture expo and congress, street food events and many more.

The phasing of the development starts from the free initiative of few owners who would start with a Air B&B formula, promoting via web their rooms and attracting the first tourists interested in the local experience. The second phase, upon success of the first, would include a central reception hall, an associated restaurant and bakery to offer breakfast and meals, as well as more associated rooms. Further phases would extend the rooms stock, as well as the range of services offered by the hotel, such as gym, spa, all rigorously scattered in the village. However the most important effect of the DH in the long term is the renovated sense of community and the spread of common awareness and the collective interest in preserving the décor and the hygiene of the public space, condition for the stable operation of the hotel.

The DH proved as well to become such an important instrument for a positive gentrification, generating as well private housing re-qualification, improving the general performance and look of the villages involved. This could enhance a systemic improvement of the village and its easier integration in the city fabric. This model might help to free the urban villages of Shenzhen from a sad chronic thread of demolition and finally unveil economic opportunities that could save the historical and social heritage of the villages, real soul of Shenzhen city.

SIRACUSA – LIGHTHOUSE SEA HOTEL

Competition proposal.
Program: Boutique Hotel, spa- wellness center, concierge, restaurant, conference room, event space.
Total floor area: 3000 sqm.
Budget: n/a.
Client: YAC.
Location: Siracusa, Italy.
Design: 2016

 

The competition asks to reflect on sustainable solutions to reintegrate the ‘Murro di Porco’ lighthouse and the surrounding existing structures with a new tourism complex, capable to offer to the Siracusa territory a new facility, suitable for its visitors’ trends.This lighthouse, as most of the others, lies in a territorial context of such high environmental value that it is not allowed to transform existing structures and landscape, reducing any possible intervention to make them functional. The new structure is shaped as a frame around the existing ruins. The intention is to limit the construction site to a ring that surrounds the lighthouse, defining a central portion of the landscape, new heart of the tourist complex. The landscape is left untouched, as natural and wild as it is. Structure and material techniques are very much connected to the local masonry tradition. The whole structure, a single floor high, is based on the most traditional local techniques; coated with plaster, the new building echoes the color palettes of local villages, with light nuances of natural colors. This reflections are the bases of our proposal. We focus on the preservation of the local experience of the site and its nature.The new hotel reduces to a minimum all logistic aspects, improving its overall sustainability and energy performance. This happens thanks to the unified roof that, free from public access, can seamlessly host photo-voltaic and solar heating, as well as rainwater storage system for grey water usage. Internal natural ventilation is provided through the building typology itself that offers cross ventilation to each internal function, both private and public.