Nobody has ever seen the wind, neither you nor me. However, a flying kite is a reminder that the wind is present and playing its own game.
The project is adjacent to Jinma Road Greenway in the south and connects Jiankang East Street Greenway of the High-tech Zone in the east-west direction. As a 60-meter-wide main urban road, Jiankang East Street is flanked by a large-scale community. It runs from the People's Park of the old downtown in the west to the Health Park in the High-tech Zone in the east, linking various urban service venues and facilities, such as the High-tech Zone Urban Exhibition Hall and the High-tech Zone Administrative Committee. The road serves as an urban public service axis, a vibrant urban life axis, and a sustainable urban ecological axis.
The Jiankang East Street Greenway construction is beneficial in reducing air pollution and the heat island effect while revitalizing the urban ecological system. The greenway links sixteen pocket gardens, which are significant public spaces in the city. This project is a crucial node that offers an open area for citizens' diverse public activities, which plays an important role in connecting the urban life circle of the Hi-tech Zone.
Therefore, the project has multiple definitions and significance. It serves as a pedestrian plaza at the street corner, a recreational space for the neighborhood to gather together, a node that connects the urban greenways, and a crucial open space along the urban public service axis.
With a land area of 8,000 square meters, the project site is an L-shaped plot surrounding the Window of the World Business Building in Weifang City. Spanning 100 meters east to west and 115 meters north to south, the design of this square poses three main challenges.
1. Organize the circulation routes in an orderly and precise manner. There are several circulation routes converging in such a square which accommodates various public activities, including the pedestrian crossing route, walking path, circulation for the business building, assembly in the plaza, shops along the street, and parking. It requires necessary guidance to prevent disorder.
2. Rearrange each activity space in an effective way. While meeting the outdoor business operational needs, the square aims to satisfy multi-dimensional urban leisure and entertainment activities, such as city platform, outdoor gatherings, sports, rest under the trees, and temporary parking. Additionally, the square must have a strong identity of the city and allow for public engagement.
3. Reshape vertically. There is an elevation difference of 0.3 to 1 meter from the building boundary to the urban road, requiring a well-organized incorporation of steps, ramps, and drainage, to make them as spatial elements naturally .
Local identity reconstructs site circulation
Weifang is situated on a plain, facing the Bohai Bay to the north. It has been known as a windy city since ancient times. The design takes inspiration from the wind to direct traffic flow and spatial functions, creating a vibrant urban valley.
One flow of wind refers to the wind of the city. It guides pedestrian crossing circulation and extends and weaves into a space for public gatherings. The smooth lines of the design alleviate issues related to elevation differences and divide different functional areas and circulation routes, promoting orderliness in the space. Smooth traffic management enables individuals to get to their destinations with ease, resulting in a harmonious and efficient experience.
Second flow of wind forms the Green Valley, which is a long green island that encloses the square boundary. One side of the square is adorned with perforated panels facing the city, while the other side has steps leading up to the square. It connects to the pavement of the south greenway and defines the space with enriched functions.
Through appropriate arrangement of circulations, elevation difference, and space, the site has been divided into five main areas, including the Wind Plaza, City Exhibition Plaza, Forest Recreation Plaza, Green Island Recreation Plaza, and Outdoor Business Operation Plaza. The "wind" connects a series of islands to create a lush green base that offers ample activity space under the forest for citizens, resulting in a multi-dimensional area that is perfect for public gatherings.
The "wind" has created a distinctive space that isolates the bustling city from the outside. This space is divided into several areas, such as gathering steps, an activity square, and a waterscape stage, which blend seamlessly to form a square that accommodates all kinds of activities. The orderly steps and squares provide a clear boundary in the cohesive space, providing a platform for art performance in the city. The stage features a waterscape installation themed with the trace of wind, which draws people together, thus both the performers and audience emerge naturally.
The diverse functions of the multi-dimensional space and the visitors of all ages contribute to a vivid and diversified urban space. The flexible rhythm of spaces allows individuals with different backgrounds to find their own place at any time.
Wind Plaza is a unique open public urban space located in the intersection of Jiankang East Street Greenway and Jinma Road Greenway in Weifang City. It offers an energetic square that settles the new daily lifestyle for the communities in the Weifang High-tech Zone. During the day, the Wind Plaza is a relaxed spot for surrounding office workers to have lunch and meet with friends. As night falls, it becomes a place for the local residents to take a stroll, dance, splash in the water, go roller skating, and fly a kite as Weifang’s feature in the cool breeze. Performers and spectators alike can have a space of their own wind.
更新日期：2023-09-20 17:33:32非常感谢 HID翰地景观 带来的精彩项目， 查阅更多