chriumph Ecological Carpark 1st prize

Shanghai Innovation Ecological Carpark

Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui and Justin C.K Lau, in collaboration with glass artist Min Jeong Song and Innovation design engineering specialist Julene Agulrre Bielschowsky, have been awarded 1st prize in an International architectural design competition organized by Archriumph for a Ecological Carpark in Shanghai.

Shanghai is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, with a long history of east west cultural exchanges, tension, resulting in a unique urban environment.

The proposal is an innovative ecological carpark, one that in not restricted to the conventional typologies of a stack efficient car parking system, but one that is integrated into the urban environment by utilizing un-used spaces in the city.

The main harbour of Shanghai will be the site for this investigation – how to utilize the space ‘above water’ to improve the current grey, green-less, dense waterfront of the city. The proposal is for a green ‘snake-like’ modular high-line garden structure that floats on stilts above the water along the waterfront, with various connection points to the main vehicle access points from the districts. Drivers will be able to intuitively drive into the high line structure, park their cars in ornamental tree-like structures and canopies filled with poetic fantasies of light, colour and shadow and then meander by foot through the forest of artificial natural treescapes. These structures provide an extension of the waterfront into the river, pedestrian pavements along Pudong and the surroundings are no longer narrow, but widened to provide a great sense of public realm, with large open air flexible spaces for public activities.

The structures will be designed in typological components, which can be assembled to create a larger and longer overall structure shall a longer ’snake’ be required over time, or can be disassembled to provide smaller multi-locational systems for temporary needs of the city such as Chinese festival events or concerts which might be spread over various locations on the waterfront.