The waterfront zone explores the integration of program into public space whilst negotiating issues of flooding and fluctuating water levels. In order to protect the rest of the site from a flooding canal, the waterfront utilizes a range of edge treatments which act to slow flooding. The arrangement of these spaces ensure that the waterfront promenade functions as vibrant public space regardless of the canal water level.
The new market serves as an outlet for the food production of the Kunshan I studio proposal, bringing fresh produce to the local community. In conjunction with the market, the new marina serves to renew public engagement with the activity of the main canal whilst providing access to the canal as a means of transport. Finally, a proposed bridge draws the public into the site by connecting the two sides of the site and the communities across the main canal.
Ultimately, the proposed waterfront endeavors to stimulate social interaction with the water in order to rejuvenate Kunshan’s historic engagement with the water.