The URBAN FARM where better city meets natural life”, has been the core idea throughout the design.
A green urban valley complex with a ‘street landscape park’ as a highlight in the architectural space, is sitting right above one of the most used metro stations in Shanghai. The 20,000m sq green valley complex, designed with the URBAN FARM concept of merging nature and human space, weaves its way into the daily life of city dwellers through the intelligent roof geometry. The ‘roof’ is splitted into different scales and connected in various heights, where interesting terraces and slopes outdoor are connected in a 3D way, responding to the architectural functions below and human activities within it.
There are massive green space planned on site, with plenty of “small terrain” for activities scattered on various heights. By weaving all the modestly sized activity spots together 3-dimensionally, it turns into a largely-scaled, joyful urban public space.
What's more, all the weaving pathways in the Urban Farm are designed along the function flow and smoothly weaving themselves into various parts of the architectural space. Green roofs, office entrances, retail shops and public-transportation spots are connected in a joyful 3 dimensions. It generates comfortable access within the nature, and also ensures the sky light and green space smoothly merge into the activity zones.
The architectural space adapts nature’s own cooling system to counteract the heat-island effect, refreshing not only the city’s but also the social environment. Together with our architecture, and the large-scale green landscape, the refreshing environment ensures our Urban Farm is the one of the most popular space right in the heart of Shanghai.