What will happen if a street is regarded as an urban parlor for interaction where outdoor activities and communication can take place without restriction?
This street is located at the north end of the Central Park of the Beijing Life Science Park Phase I with the north-south orientation. It is connected with an east-west street on the north side, facing the Science Park Phase II. Standing at such an intersection, our designers were thinking what to do for the development of the park as well as the people passing by.
At such a quiet street with few vehicles passing by, we hope pedestrians can walk around freely and fully enjoy the spaciousness, sunshine and tree shade of outdoor space as well as the interaction with other people. Therefore, our designers’ first aspiration is to create the street as an outdoor parlor.
From the column grid and the window modulus (700, 1400, 2100...) of the buildings by the two sides, the axis grids with the same modulus relationship are extended to define the size and layout of the road, the square, the planting space and the outdoor furniture on the site, making this "parlor" strongly related to the function of these buildings. This has become the first effective step of this design.
As for the second step which is about vertical design, a "parlor " square containing a driveway is raised to create a closer relationship with buildings around, forming a unique site atmosphere.
Vehicles that occasionally enter the place tend to slow down because of the guidance of height difference, which ensures the people’s safety on the site. Unfortunately, this step was not implemented because it was restricted by the government planning.
The third step is to classify the space of the street vertically and horizontally.
Vertically, it consists of six separately-defined and well-designed sections, including the North Entrance Square, the Ginkgo Tree Array, the Parlor Square, the Matrix Garden, the Building Entrance Square, and the South Ginkgo Tree Array.
Horizontally, it is divided into a slightly symmetrical east-west space including the greenbelt in front of the buildings, the footpath around the buildings, the tree array, the matrix garden and the roadway according to the relationship between the longitudinal site and the road, forming a coordinated atmosphere with abundant landscape.
The roadside seats made by whole stones and the low walls surrounded by trees, the tall and orderly plane tree array, the ginkgo tree array, the clustered Mongol scorpion, the neat hedge extended from the buildings..., all the above landscape present a rich "parlor" atmosphere.
Along the east and west sides of the road on the north side of the street (Life Park Mid-way), designers created a three-level planting on stone steps, set up an array of lamp posts, and planned some small gardens and small squares around the buildings in order to make them more coordinated.
These landscape design was improved on the basis of the modulus of the buildings, which enriches the landscape of the neighborhood and makes the entire neighborhood harmonious at the same time.
The second aspiration of our designers is to take a “bird's eye view” of this street from the perspective of city planning and to judge what we are doing with a more macro angle of view.
From the perspective of urban design, this street stands for the end of the Life Science Park Phase I as well as the beginning of Phase II . We hope to set a landmark at such a location, which is able to reach the standard of public art and revitalize the entire local area.
As a result, our designers came up with an idea of building a giant doorframe. This square frame, connecting history and the future, spreads out tangible energy in volume and in detail, making this site a real "parlor" in the neighbourhood. Unfortunately, this part of design was not implemented either because of the restriction of the government planning.
As covering large areas, streets tend to be important public space of cities. In addition to the primary function as infrastructure including transport network, integrated pipe network, and green space, they can be served as more public attributes such as the “parlor” function. Based on such kind of thought and philosophy, we created our design by integrating functions of various aspects and this is how the construction achievements of this project are reached.
As the parlor has been completed, a new beautiful life begins to put on the stage.
景观设计单位：房木生景观设计 Farmerson Architects