Mountain Zhu Pedestrian Street \ Gerardo Mingo Arquitectos

• March 2, 2012

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Mountain Zhu Pedestrian Street, render courtesy Gerardo Mingo Arquitectos

The aim for the competition proposal to design a commercial pedestrian street with offices business, club houses and hotels, has been to become part of an active process that involves the appropriation and exploitation of a natural space with a powerful presence, creating an opportunity for a dialogue with the existing territory. The site has strong landscaping characteristics which need to activate new functions. There is an opportunity to create an urban magnet.

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Mountain Zhu Pedestrian Street, render courtesy Gerardo Mingo Arquitectos

It is an area with a great potential; its privileged location connecting natural and cultural significant points and the sensory experience: scent, colours, shadows, water.

The intervention tries to recover its natural ecosystem (such as the traditional commercial street) and provide a new content – “programmatical spaces” which encourage the people to:

  • Move and connect on foot and by bicycle between the different parts of the site as an alternative to the car routes.
  • Take part of an active social environment with public spaces/meeting spaces which integrate different programs (commercial, leisure, office and hotels).
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Mountain Zhu Pedestrian Street, render courtesy Gerardo Mingo Arquitectos

Its lack of centre, its inability to define a start and an end point (there are many starts and ends) changes the traditional notion of landscape.

The streets are routes that always keep a degree of curvature that makes the walk somewhat serpentine and surprising, looking for different perspectives. The squares appear as nodes, with different sizes and orientations, in some cases just mere extensions of the streets. This produces a sense of permanent compression-decompression and the apparition of different activity poles, where the emblematic shops appear.

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Mountain Zhu Pedestrian Street - Concept, drawing courtesy Gerardo Mingo Arquitectos

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Mountain Zhu Pedestrian Street - Concept, drawing courtesy Gerardo Mingo Arquitectos

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Mountain Zhu Pedestrian Street - Concept, drawing courtesy Gerardo Mingo Arquitectos

+ Project facts

Project: Mountain Zhu Pedestrian Street
Designer: GERARDO MINGO ARQUITECTOS + CCTN Arch
Floor Area: 200.00 sqm
Location: Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China
Status: Restricted competition

+ About GERARDO MINGO ARQUITECTOS

GERARDO MINGO ARQUITECTOS is a multidisciplinary office practising architecture, and urbanism. It is led by two partners with offices in Spain and China.

+ All texts and images copyright GERARDO MINGO ARQUITECTOS

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