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Sasaki：In 2017, Sasaki was commissioned by the City of Wuhu to re-envision the urban core.Situated on the banks of the Yangtze River, Wuhu emerged as a treaty port in 1876 and has since developed into an international commercial center. Today, this legacy remains in the form of distinctive colonial era buildings scattered throughout city’s urban fabric. The unique architectural style of the Customs House, the British Consulate, and St. Joseph’s Cathedral are artifacts of Wuhu’s rich history, but have become isolated relics in the center of the city.
▼连接芜湖水岸 Water connection
Many foreign settlements in China like Wuhu arose in the 19th century primarily because of their strategic location as ports, becoming an integral part of a global network of commerce and trade. Wuhu was built predominantly on higher ground above the river for tactical reasons, but also to intentionally signify the self-defined elite status of the colonial power. Over time, this state of privilege created both physical and psychological barriers. The ensuing segregation impacted local residents through income and other social inequalities, but also in the form of a broken open space network and limited accessibility to the waterfront.
▼总体规划 Overall plan
A key strategy of the plan was link the center of the city back to the riverfront, while also integrating the scattered heritage architecture as key elements of the city’s history. Pedestrian connections create an intentional sequence which integrates new civic program into the historic buildings, while new infill buildings activate the public realm along this important connection to the water. Additional narrow roadways and pedestrian corridors penetrate into this once enclose core, creating a more intimate urban experience and improving the walkability of downtown Wuhu.
▼整体轴线 Overall axon
▼党校框架设计 Framework Party school
To anchor the restored historic buildings which have been repurposed for cultural uses, the public space adjacent to them was also completely reimagined. The plan uncovered the potential of Fanluo Mountain as a unique topographical element in the center of the city, creating a museum campus on the hillside that establishes a civic presence in a landscape that was once inaccessible to many of Wuhu’s citizens. A new elevated crescent plaza adjacent to St. Joseph’s Cathedral mitigates the grade change between Fanluo Mountain and the riverfront, and becomes a new center of gravity for the cultural corridor.
▼总体布局 Overall plan
▼党校广场 Party School Plaza Axon
▼打开过去封闭的历史租界 Enclave connetion
▼现有地库改造城市街心公园 Party block view
▼户外博物馆 Cultural axis view
▼剧院空间 Theatre view
▼吉和文化跨街广场 Crecent plaza
A series of the viewshed studies ensured that sightlines to the historical buildings, and to the river, were carefully protected. Urban design guidelines were also established to regulate improvements to historic façades, and to guide future development to focus on creating a more coherent experience between new and old.
▼整体竖向改造 Section overall
Wuhu’s renewal plan is a series of cultural and public realm-led strategies which provide new opportunities for a more walkable urban core. This approach celebrates the importance of the public realm as a powerful tool to connect the needs of a contemporary city with its people and its history. By embracing and acknowledging the evolution of the city, the plan fosters a more inclusive and accessible urban core for future generations to enjoy.
▼总体鸟瞰 Overall aerial
▼夜景鸟瞰 Night Aerial
Project name: Wuhu Urban Renewal
Project location: Wuhu, Anhui Province, China
Client name: China Railway Urban Planning & Design Institute Co., Ltd / Wuhu Planning Bureau
Size: 67 Hectares
Status: Completed in September 2018
Services: Planning and Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Architecture
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