A cultural regeneration of a closed limestone quarry into a rural post-industrial landscape
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DETAILS

LocationHuairou, Beijing, China
ClientBeijing Xingfa Cement Co., Ltd
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Size107.49 hectares

Beijing Xingfa Cement Plant Quarry, founded in early 1990s, an exposed scar of rocks locates between the Great Wall and Yanqi Lake, is being reconsidered into an ecological and picturesque rural park in relationship with the adjacent regenerating cement plant. Established around the contextural culture, research, and technology oriented position, the design focuses on bringing in potentiality of hosting acceptable scale of outdoor culture and art events. With a sunken water space and an elevated rock space, the park stretches itself between silence of meditation and excitement of otherworldness. Carefully considered cliff stabilization, rock reuse, industrial acessory reuse, water collection, and planting species strategies allow the park to become an incubator of ecology, culture, and art, inversing a history of negative intervention towards landscape to a rebirth and return of liveness towards land and its belonged culture in general.

As the initial phase of the project, a hiking trail with the associated driveways was first constructed to establish initial image of the project. Reused quarry rocks and carefully considered natural water management methods portrayed a highly ecological integrated landscape. A top hill pavilion introduces phenomenal views, setting a solidity of industrial memory with corten steels, and strengthened design languages.

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