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Urban Edge

The curved line of buildings at the north of the site form an urban edge which acts as a noise and particulate buffer against the traffic passing the site. This urban edge is sculpted by its context, with building heights that playfully undulate to reflect the heights of the surrounding urban condition.

 

A large, public square at the eastern corner of the site faces towards the Kunshan city centre, addressing the flow of people from the surrounding residential areas and the waterfront promenade. The four header buildings affronting this square hint at the programme beyond, providing a grand, bustling entrance to the site which draws people in and then disperses them throughout the site.

 

The dense edge acts as both a physical and economic buffer: a localized high floor area ratio reduces the pressure for density and growth throughout the site, which allows for the integration of larger water cleansing systems within the site. In the edge buildings, green roofs and green facades are used to filter and retain rain water, to buffer noise and particles from passing traffic, and to cool and shade the office spaces within. Vegetation-filled loggia spaces and connecting walkways are arranged along the facades to deconstruct the visual mass of the buildings whilst expressing a sense of movement along the urban edge.

 

Porous ground floors contain commercial programmes, establishing a new commercial strip along the road edge whilst encouraging passage through to the wetland park and interstitial spaces within the site. The geometry of the edge condition is manipulated to create a dialogue with the wetland park and courtyard gardens, establishing a sequence of public squares that snake from the Tinglin park trail to the new marina and to the Kun Opera stage. These interstitial public spaces vary in size and programme, creating a sense of drama at the human scale.

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Western Edge Program

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Eastern Edge Program
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Biofiltration System Section
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Interstitial Links and Commercial Strip
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Car Park System
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Dry and Rainy Conditions
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Car Park Section

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Road Edge
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Section

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Green Wall
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Central canal
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NORTHERN Boundary
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