HIGH LOOP

An eventful elevated park crossing Shanghai offering a unique urban journey

HIGH LOOP

10

Jul

2020

Shanghai

Asia/Shanghai

Chinese

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High Loop
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High Loop is a proposal for the renovation of Puji Road pedestrian bridge in Shanghai, the iconic bridge over the Suzhou Creek that connects the districts of Zhabei and Jing’an.
 
 

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The Suzhou Creek is known to be a museum of bridges because of the large amount of those structures crossing over the creek. This one in particular was first built over the Suzhou Creek in 1997 for pedestrians only.
 
 

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On 2009 for the World Expo of Shanghai, the bridge was renovated to allow access to small vehicles such bikes and scooters besides the pedestrians, improving the connectivity between Jing’an district and Zhabei district.
 
 

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The bridge extends over a kilometer in length as an elevated platform offering unique urban views from one of the most representative areas of Shanghai.
 
 

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However, it is currently underestimated when compared with other bridges crossing the Creek, hiding its uniqueness and amazing potential to become an urban landmark in Shanghai.
 
 

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Our proposal aims to transform the bridge into an eventful elevated park crossing the city offering a unique urban journey through one of the densest areas of Shanghai.
 
 

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The grey asphalt gives way to bold and bright colors, turning the bridge into an eye-catching elevated urban landmark.
 
 

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The design strategy of the High Loop organizes the different circulations by colors, creating a hierarchy of different rhythms and paces in which the bridge can be transited.
 
 

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While a straight lane in electric lime color defines the fast track for bicycles and motorbikes, a winding path in viscous magenta color was purposely introduced to slow down the pedestrian circulation.
 
 

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A contrasting loop that encourages pedestrians to take it slow, enjoy the journey and the privileged views over Shanghai’s urban landscape and the Suzhou Creek.
 
 

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As background color, a soothing cyan blue defines the spaces to stop & stay, spaces to socialize, meet and gather. From viewing decks to picnic plazas, lounge areas or mini amphitheaters, it’s in these cyan blue pockets where all the contrasting yellow urban furniture and social functions are located, allowing the loop to wind around them, encouraging the appearance of those pockets.
 
 

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In addition, new greenery planters are introduced, either as decorative elements or as functional separators of the motored track and the pedestrian path.
 
 

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Besides those functions, some of the cyan blue patches have been purposely left empty in order to leave flexible spaces to keep allowing the occurrence of informal pop-up night markets and vendors commonly seen in the current version of the bridge.
 
 

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The design does not change the current structure but rather transforms it by only adding a colorful painted scape and functional urban objects on top, improving circulation system and adding functional pocket.
 
 

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Credits
 
PROJECT NAME: High Loop
DESIGN: 100 Architects (Shanghai)
DESIGN TEAM: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Lara Broglio, Mónica Páez, Keith Gong, Cosima Jiang, Ponyo Zhao, Elena Michelutti, Ginger Huang
CLIENT: Undisclosed
SIZE: 1,000 m.
STATUS: Concept Design
LOCATION: Puji Road Bridge, Jing’an District, Shanghai (China)

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High Loop

High Loop aims to transform the bridge into an eventful elevated public park crossing the city offering a unique urban journey through one of the densest areas of Shanghai turning the bridge into an eye-catching elevated urban landmark.

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Neighborhood Intervention

What is a neighborhood intervention?
This is the medium scale type of interventions that take place in the public realm of a city, related to the altering of a portion of a neighborhood. A type of intervention of such magnitude and notoriety that impacts not only the immediate surrounding urban environment, but rather the urban dynamics of a whole neighborhood, becoming an urban landmark and a local attractor of social interactions in a given neighborhood.
 
Most of the times, this typology combines several intervention tactics such as Painted Scapes and Grounded Objects, intervening existing urban settings, almost from the lens of Landscape Design, by creating spaces of opportunity for collective leisure, entertainment, play & joy, etc., catalyzing major social interactions across the neighborhood.
 
The main objective of this typology is to trigger a massive public interest to the place through a strong visual impact, usually of a permanent nature, encouraging the rise of high public affluence and establishing an urban landmark that can cultivate important human dynamics and boost commercial activity.

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The most magical place in the world.

The most magical place in the world.

This is an awesome place to hangout with friends and family. They have plenty of activities and sights to see to keep you busy all day. I recommend this place if you enjoy having fun.

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Nicely designed. And great for IG posts. 😅

Nicely designed. And great for IG posts. 😅

Very nice place to see! Totally worth a visit!!! I didn't expected such a place here. Just grab yourself a coffee and relax and watch the colorful hustle and bustle there.

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Taken at URBAN RIPPLE

What a great playground!

What a great playground!

This park is the greatest with a wide variety of play equipment you won't find at other parks. It is awesome. My daughter loved it.

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High Loop in La Vie N196 from Taiwan

High Loop in La Vie N196 from Taiwan

苏州河因有着诸多桥梁,甚至被称为桥梁博物馆,除了既定印象中的古调与灰色系墙面,由事务所100 Architects所发表、连接上海市老闸北和静安的凌波桥改造案High Loop, 更一举打破桥只是跨越的既定印象。

High Loop in La Vie N196 from Taiwan

High Loop in Frame N136 from Netherlands

High Loop in Frame N136 from Netherlands

100 Architects proposes to transform the Puji Road pedestrian bridge in Shanghai into 'an eventful elevated park'. The concept, High Loop, includes viewing decks, picnic plazas, lounge areas, mini amphitheatres and flexible spaces for informal pop-up night markets.

High Loop in Frame N136 from Netherlands

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