The planning and development of the new Pudong district in Shanghai has given rise to a number of international tenders and projects. Arte Charpentier Architectes was selected for one of the major elements that unites the various parts of Pudong, creating a strong new image for the new city: Century Avenue.
The work of architects and planners was guided by a number of principles. The architectural concept is to unify the avenue along its entire length, even though it passes through three areas that are quite different in nature. This intention is confirmed in the dimensions, profile, choice and treatment of materials, the layout of the gardens, lines of trees and urban furniture.
Century Avenue is an urban route, more than 5km long and 100m wide, between the east and west areas of Pudong. The avenue forms a link between the historic centre of Shanghai and the new city of Pudong. Nine crossroads and theme gardens make it a pleasant place to live, oriented towards business and leisure activities.
Century Avenue goes through Lujiazui, the financial and business district, ending five and half kilometres later in Central Plaza, opposite the new town hall and central park in the administrative and cultural district. The landscape has been designed to ensure continuity. We have designed a promenade, like a long strip of green, shaded by perfectly aligned trees and punctuated by gardens: open gardens and migratory gardens evoking the treasures of Chinese plant life, symbolically planted along Century Avenue.
Each enclosed garden is designed according to the characteristics of the little private gardens in the centres of Chinese cities, inviting pedestrians to enjoy the pleasures of strolling or meditation.
– Project owner: Shanghai Lujiazui
– Architect: Arte Charpentier Architectes
– Partners: EPAD and TUP
– City: Pudong, Shanghai
– Country: China
– Delivery: December 31, 1999
– Site: 100m wide, 5km long