Resilient riverfront park melds inherent site beauty with new low-impact landscape
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DETAILS

LocationChongqing, China
ClientChongqing North District (Agriculture, Forest and Hydrology Management Department)
Size39.54 acres (site); 39.54 acres (landscape)

Located along Chongqing’s Jialing River, this new linear public park offered unique challenges: a 30-meter annual river fluctuation, steep topography, and low-impact maintenance of a continuous riparian corridor. Adjacent new urban development, with attendant needs for green space, called for a flexible and resilient approach to the park’s landscape and infrastructure.

The design for this riverfront park took the overlapping layers of terrestrial, aquatic, and cultural and natural heritage into account. SWA wanted to provide an accessible, playful riverfront within a long and narrow stretch of land: one that would be both ecologically and socially resilient. Water quality is maintained through controlled release at all park levels, preserving existing topography and plantings against erosion. The resulting park design blends the site’s riparian and industrial heritage with a new layer of elements, while building in new access to the river and its adjacent lands for an emerging district’s residents and visitors.

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