• River Development
  • River Development
  • River Development
  • River Development
  • River Development
  • River Development

Qujing River Development


closed com­pe­ti­tion



Com­mence­ment | Completion



30 km along the riverbank

Design con­cept and impor­tant Node design — DNA dou­ble helix land­scape design concept

With a green cor­ri­dor along the Nan­pan River, it forms a dou­ble helix struc­ture — blue is the river and green is the nat­ural plan­ta­tion — an eco-gene, allows for the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of the Nan­pan River area. It inte­grates the urban fab­ric with the rural com­mu­ni­ties and the nat­ural land­scape. The four nodes are con­nected by this dou­ble helix struc­ture in order to form an eco­log­i­cal gar­den city brand about “moun­tain — water — land — for­est”.
Two land­scape dom­i­nated node, the Jiu­long node and Spa node, mimic the devel­op­ment of rural dis­trict as the growth of leaves. The vines grow, as the main road con­nect­ing the devel­op­ment to exist­ing city fab­ric; two cities nodes. The ­green cor­ri­dor grows like a main vine through the city while con­nect­ing large pub­lic build­ings within the eco­log­i­cal corridors.

Pro­tec­tion and clean­ing strat­agy for Nan­pan River

The first step to pro­tect the ecosys­tem is to clean up the river. This includes hard tech­nol­ogy to begin fil­ter­ing the pol­lu­tants out of the water from the fac­to­ries.
The next step is to begin build­ing the fil­tra­tion buffer zone along key areas of the river, start­ing near the city and work towards the south.
It is impor­tant to plan zon­ing early for wildlife and wet­land reserves so plants and ani­mals have plenty of time to adapt and grow.

Pro­tect, con­nect and expand exist­ing water lotus and fish har­vest­ing zones

By con­nect­ing these zones there will be greater access to vis­i­tors. It will also ensure vital com­po­nents in the clean­ing process remain safe. Opti­mized aquapon­ics can be imple­mented for fish and plant farm­ing while puri­fy­ing the water.

Enlarged nat­ural areas between green cor­ri­dor and river

Inter­me­di­ate spaces func­tion as large long-term water fil­tra­tion and stor­age sys­tems. Addi­tion­ally, they encour­age local ani­mal and plant pop­u­la­tions to return to the envi­ron­ment. The mid­point of these cor­ri­dors will be devel­oped for relax­ation, leisure, infor­ma­tion, and food. The sys­tem will pro­vide room for plants and ani­mals to live between the points acces­si­ble to humans. Paths for walk­ing, bik­ing, relax­ation, and obser­va­tion mean­der­ through the cor­ri­dor. This is intended to intro­duce the vis­i­tor, or trav­eler, to the dif­fer­ent com­po­nents of the sys­tem and sur­round­ing area.


By divid­ing the ecosys­tem devel­op­ment into sub­se­quent phases, the sys­tem will have time to develop at a nat­ural pace. Plants need time to mature and ani­mals need time to feel com­fort­able in their new loca­tion, and water needs time to be fil­tered. Phas­ing should be done in accor­dance with vil­lage urban­iza­tion. First allow­ing trans­porta­tion to hap­pen, then devel­op­ing the areas.


It is impor­tant to cre­ate spe­cial­ized zon­ing plans along the wa– ter­front. This will ensure no unwanted expan­sion could take the area over. It is also impor­tant to enforce laws that pro­tect these zon­ing plans.
In this way when new inter­est is needed for rev­enue the parks and coori­dor are already lush with plants and not bar­ren. This will increase the value of prop­erty and attract investors.
Once the plant, ani­mal and fish life ecosys­tem spaces have been estab­lished and rev­enue is flow­ing into the city, a de– part­ment will need to be formed to main­tain and mon­i­tor the health of these areas. This includes mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions along the river for water pol­lu­tion, excur­sions into wildlife zones to mon­i­tor breed­ing and ani­mal activ­ity, and obser­va­tion of wet– land facil­i­ties for proper cir­cu­la­tion and cleanliness.

Xi River — Nan­pan river Node design

Node 3 design con­tin­ues the design con­cept “green belt com– bined with large pub­lic build­ings”. Green belt goes through the city fab­ric like vines, together with Nan­pan river form­ing a dou­ble helix to cre­ate a unique urban space. Pen­e­trat­ing the city fab­ric with a green line, the green belt con­nects the most impor­tant pub­lic build­ings such as a fit­ness cen­ter, a lux­ury hotel, an expe­ri­ence cen­ter, an inter­na­tional con­fer­ence cen– ter, a shop­ping cen­ters, sev­eral office build­ings, etc.
The outer ring is a mix of res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial build– ings with a pleas­ant por­tion of green­ery inside each block. The green belt serves as an impor­tant cen­ter in the region. Four build­ings share one com­mu­nity space in the cen­ter. The con– fig­u­ra­tion
Urban land­scape design fea­tures impor­tant pub­lic build­ings and pub­lic spaces inside the green belt. the park along the river pro­vides res­i­dents with a beau­ti­ful liv­ing envi­ron­ment. Cit­i­zens can enjoy walk­ing on the board­walk along the river. Tree line along the road is extended to the water­front park. In this way the land­scape and the city are closely linked together. We are eager to cre­ate a vibrant urban space learn­ing from old city quar­ters that grow with time.
Archi­tects were invited to design spe­cial pub­lic build­ings for a strong regional iden­tity. We sug­gest a stone base and glass facade around the inner and outer court­yards of the pub­lic build­ings.
If you see from a higher point of view, you can see the green roof gar­den and ter­race with dif­fer­ent activ­i­ties. Each build­ing was designed by dif­fer­ent archi­tects under the guid­ance of the urban plan­ning team.

Xiaox­i­ang River– Nan­pan River Node design

The meet­ing point of the Xiaox­i­ang River — Nan­pan River is one of the impor­tant urban water­front node in the plan. In this design, the con­cept of vine and leaves con­tin­ues to be the dom­i­nate theme of the area, inside there are large enter­tain– ment and sport build­ings such as shop­ping cen­ters, cin­e­mas, the­aters, restau­rants, etc. con­nected by main traf­fic sys­tem in the belt. There is a bike track link­ing inside the belt that al– lows for all pub­lic build­ings with a seper­ate bike access. Green belt goes across the river, three major bridges on the river con– nect­ing the north res­i­dence to the south pub­lic quar­ter. Two sep­a­rate blocks west of plan are resort like leisure cen­ter with seper­ate road con­nect­ing them to the main road. The green– belt forms a loop to pro­vide a bet­ter rid­ing expe­ri­ence through the city.

San­bao spa node design

The design of spa vil­lage node (node 2) focuses on a vari­ety of leaf-shaped com­mu­ni­ties scat­tered in a hilly area. Main street act as the main vine in the design, dif­fer­ent com­muni– ties are con­nected by trails or lanes. Hous­ing is located in the east stripe of the plot. The res­i­dence area con­sists of a mix of vil­las and apart­ment build­ings. Together with the main road green­ery and the Nan­pan river, it forms a nat­ural dou­ble helix to cre­ate a dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ment for archi­tec­ture and green space for res­i­dents.
South of the hill is a rice ter­race land­scape theme park, in com­bi­na­tion with edu­ca­tion build­ing and a sport cen­ter. Of– fice build­ings are con­nected by the green vine together, the vine made it more acces­si­ble and con­ve­nient for vis­i­tors to ex– peri­ence the land­scape in every cor­ner. The north­ern block is a leisure cen­ter located on a rel­a­tively flat ter­rain which also allows access to the water­front activities.

Moun­tain node design

The moun­tain node design con­tin­ues the con­cept of “nat­ural dou­ble helix” design con­cept. The dri­ve­ways and foot paths act like tree vines link­ing the theme vil­lages together. Vil­lage is divided into sev­eral dif­fer­ent themes and scat­tered in the moun­tain like leaves.
On the moun­tain top a vil­lage of med­i­ta­tion with a tea house is planned pro­vid­ing vis­i­tors with excel­lent view over­look– ing the entire Jiu­long Moun­tain area. A water­front vil­lage is planned for water activ­i­ties. Vis­i­tors can enjoy a vari­ety of wa– ter sports here. Located in the mid­dle of the val­ley there is an art vil­lage. Vis­i­tors can take part in var­i­ous types of artis­tic activ­i­ties and art-related a, films as well as a vari­ety of leisure activ­i­ties. South of the vil­lage there is a mountain-biking club. Start­ing from the vil­lage, a num­ber of bike tracks around the Jiu­long Moun­tain. Vil­lages are inter­con­nected by these tracks and act as a series of rest stops for bikers.


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