The Hun River used to be the southern edge of the city, but with all of the new development in the past years, it is becoming a key recreational zone in the middle of Shenyang. The city government realizes the potential of this area as a green lung for the city and has decided to develop the adjacent land as park space instead of buildings or industry. The 9km stretch of green on the north bank and the 4,5 km park on the south bank will be enhanced and transformed into a linear recreational zone where nature and sport are available for all the residents and visitors of Shenyang.
The goal of the design for Hun River North and South is to preserve as many existing trees as possible while also providing spaces for recreation, sport and a path structure where bicycles and pedestrians are welcome. The park varies in width from 300 m-700 m so there is also room for special features such as gardens, boulevards, harbors and a restaurant/wellness strip. The detailed designs for a bridal garden, rock garden, bulb garden and a water garden have all been created to add to the allure of the park. The planting design for the long stretch of riverfront evolves from very urban in form, structure and plant choices near the city center to more natural and wild at the eastern end. Trees and plants have been carefully chosen based on the local climate, availability of species and the character of the special gardens.
Commissioned by: Niek Roozen BV.
Client: Government of Shenyang
Cooperation: Atelier Loos van Vliet, Landscape Institute Shenyang
Award: 1st prize
Area: 246 ha
Location: Shenyang, China