The public space on the site of the former railway, creates a longitudinal link parallel to the river which crosses the district from one end to the other. The ‘Urban Salon’ combines a large open space and a linear high-rise building. A set of volumes and horizontal connections articulate the change of scale between horizontality and verticality. These horizontal connections, or ‘synapses’, are deployed throughout the site and introduce an intermediate spatial dimension in relation to human scale.
Integrating all pedestrian and cycle ways and the shops and services associated with the office complexes, the ‘synapses’ connect elevated levels and different podiums to the underground city. They connect to transport infrastructure (metro and bus lanes) to ensure pedestrians have access to all parts of the site. Finally, they reconstitute the link between the city and the river.
The new business district of Wuchang is located on the banks of the Yangzi River and occupies an area of more than 140 hectares. It is organized around two major axes integrating certain existing features of the landscape: the existing railway line, remodelled as public space and Qinyuan Avenue, transformed into a vast park, the ‘Urban Salon’.
At the crossroads of the two main axes at a site overlooking the water is positioned a new architectural landmark, whose low-slung form compliments the verticality of nearby ‘Tower 636’.
– Client: Wuhan Land Use and Space Planning
– Architecte-Urbaniste Landscape Architect: Arte Charpentier Architectes (Marie-France Bouet, Fernando Castro, Pierre Clément, Nathalie Leroy, Jinyi Li, Yang Liu, Laurene Moraglia, Mingding Pan, Qing Qian, Jade Sonet, Carrie Wilbert, Hailin Zhai, Wenyi Zhou)
– Transport and mobility: ORYZHOM
– Programming: LDG (Shanghai Longilat Architectural Design and Research)
Specificities of the operation
– Title: Wuchang CBD
– Address of the operation: Wuchang District
– Postal Code: 430000
– City: Wuhan
– Area: 140 hectares