DONGDA DESIGN: On July 21, 2017, Dongguan fully implemented the three-year urban quality improvement plan, striving to comprehensively improve the quality of the city in three years, and actively integrate into the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. In recent years, Dongguan City has gradually formed a high-standard urban landscape pattern. However, waterfront construction, especially in the “three rivers and six banks” of the main urban area, shows many problems such as difficulties for people to get close to water, mix of cycling and walking, lack of local characteristics, and lack of pleasant activity space along the coastline. The “Three Rivers and Six Banks” Waterfront Demonstration Section Phase I Project (Longwan Section), as an important part of the “One heart, two axes and three areas” in the central urban area of Dongguan, is the core space reflecting the characteristics of Dongguan landscape city, and is also a typical representative of the waterfront public leisure space in Dongguan. The transformation is of great significance.
Have a bird’s eye view of whole ©曾天培
The project is located in Wanjiang Street, the main urban area of Dongguan, with a design area of 21.74 hectares and a total length of 4.4 km. The site is in the urban area, and the surrounding building is finished with little dynamic open space. The overall quality of the shoreline construction is poor, the space for activities is lack, and the characteristics are insufficient. Starting from the site itself, the design refines the core issues, benchmarks the international high quality waterfront design, looks at the waterfront construction from the perspective of development, and rebuilds the waterfront space and the connection between people and water through the overall and systematic design. From the angle of the whole coast, the design plans the traffic, plants, functional space, ecology, lighting and facilities systematically, rearrange the car traffic and walking circulation, plans the parking lot and “three line” of cycling, walking, running separately and properly, and set up various of experience spaces such as leisure steps, viewing tower, waterfront platform and plank road along the riverside. Combined the characteristics of the site with the surrounding land conditions, the theme nodes are set to construct the characteristic activity space. Through systematic and comprehensive transformation and upgrading, we will create a high quality dynamic waterfront with convenient transportation, unobstructed internal and external connection, multiple functions, varied spatial rhythm and cultural connotation. The project will be completed and open to the public on May 1, 2021.
Have a bird’s eye view of whole ©曾天培
1. Three nodes to create a dynamic waterfront place
Combined with the site conditions and surrounding land functions, the project focuses on creating three theme nodes, namely, Water charm of Dongjiang River:, Lehuo Riverside, Guancaofangqing, to create a public space with urban character.
Water charm of Dongjiang River: The connotation of the Dongjiang River water was incorporated into the design, and the height difference of the site was combined with the design of landmark structures, amusement park, water-friendly walkway, activity lawn and exhibition wetland, which echoed the Longwan Island on the opposite shore, enriched the site functions and awakened the original ecological memory of the site.
Have a bird’s eye view of water charm of Dongjiang River ©曾天培
As night falls, people come to the square for activities ©曾天培
A vibrant space ©曾天培
Lehuo Riverside: the site is surrounded by residential area. The existing coffee bar, barbecue shop and surrounding environment will be transformed. Children playground and fitness venues will be added to serve the local residents, so as to meet the various needs of people for fitness, entertainment and exercise.
The multi-functional Le Huo Riverside ©曾天培
Bird’s eye view of the children’s theatre ©曾天培
The theater space is set in accordance with the topography ©曾天培
Three-dimensional space of upper and lower levels ©曾天培
Guancaofangqing: keep the well-growing trees and the original open forest and grass, replant the characteristic flowering plants, increase the seasonal changes of the site, and attract people to take a rest on the site. The public toilets, shops and dragon boat houses on the east side of the site will be upgraded and transformed to become a comprehensive service station along the coastline.
Sunny lawn and bench with steps ©曾天培
Residents ride along the river in the evening ©曾天培
The child paced through the grass ©曾天培
Integrated service station ©曾天培
2. Internal and external connection, makes Longwan glow with new vitality
The “three lines” overall planning of the waterfront footpath, running path, riding path along the shoreline add, rest points, viewing platforms and leisure benches, to create a friendly and comfortable waterfront space.
The three lines are connected independently ©曾天培
A continuous cycling/running/walking path on the bridge ©曾天培
Citizens walk/sit in the waterfront space ©曾天培
There is a certain height difference between the surrounding road and the water bank, which is connected up and down through the way of steps. A stool is set next to it for people to sit and view the scenery.
The original grass slope was designed as a space for leisure by retaining the big trees in the site ©曾天培
Steps with both traffic and leisure functions ©曾天培
The design of Dongguan Waterway Bridge and the approach bridge of Quhai Bridge makes the riverside more closely connected with the surrounding and the walking circulation on both sides.
A bridge connecting the shoreline with the municipal road ©曾天培
At the same time to meet the pedestrian and cycling needs ©曾天培
The bridge connects with the river view, and retains the original tree in the site ©曾天培
Red, blue, and green ©曾天培
3. Cultural inheritance to create a unique memory of Longwan
In terms of culture and characteristic construction, the shoreline design from form to function is based on water charm, hydrophilic and water-viewing, reflecting the cultural theme of water. At the same time, Guan grass culture, farming culture and dragon boat culture will be integrated, and cultural sites and activity Spaces will be retained or added along the routes to inherit local culture.
Have a bird’s eye view of the dragon boat house ©曾天培
Dragon boats along the road ©曾天培
At the beginning of the project design, we used to design a lot of cool landscapes along the shoreline with uncontrollable enthusiasm, hoping to bring new vitality to the shoreline with the power of design. But back to the essence of design, what is the most important and suitable design for the site? Is the experience of the site more important, or is it more important to create a “spectacle” that goes viral online? Instead of the selfishness of the designers, we finally chose to respect the site itself, retain the natural appearance of the site itself with a more restrained design, provide a site for activities, let people create their own scenes and memories in the site, and integrate into the waterfront and the city where they live. The completion of the project provides a practical reference for the construction of other waterfront lines, and is also a model of high-quality projects of Dongguan’s new era spirit.
Open space dominated by green ©曾天培
Node Spaces that echo the surrounding site ©曾天培
People are strolling/looking at the scenery along the river ©曾天培
Children play in the woods and dragon boats swim in the river ©曾天培
设计时间 & 建成时间：2020年&2021年
Project location: Wanjiang Street, Dongguan City
Project size: Approximately 21.74 hectares
Design: DONGDA (SHENZHEN) DESIGN CO., LTD.
Leader designer & Team：Zhou Yongzhong， Deng Xin， He Guanghong，Bai Yuan， Wang Dezheng, Mo Lanqun，Fu Jing，Yu Bo，Li Xiaoyan, Chen Xueqiong，Liang Shufeng, Lin Yu，Chu Hongling，Wu Qinghui，Guo Jinhong，Chen Longxia，Ning Kui, Wen Lixia, Qiu Haiyan
Partner: Aoya Design Shenzhen Co., Ltd. (Dongjiang Water Rhyme Node Scheme to the Initial Extension)
Construction unit: Lingnan Ecological Cultural Tourism Co., Ltd.
Design year & Completion Year: 2020 & 2021
Photo credits: Zeng Tianpei
Dongguan Urban Construction Engineering Management Bureau (owner)
Construction site headquarters of “one center, two axes and three districts” in Dongguan downtown(owner)
Dongguan Vanke Real Estate Co., Ltd. (agent builder)