BEIJING HISTORICAL AXIS

Beijing, China | 2007 | Urban study
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Global study on the north-south imperial historical axis - Site surface: 30 ha / Shopping mall: 100 000 m²

  • Client: Beijing City Council
  • Studies: competition design plan of the imperial axis and study of the southern section of the Forbidden City
With the 2008 Olympic Games in view, a general study of the north-south imperial historical axis has been undertaken.
This area was abandoned since the creation of the east-west axis in the Mao Tse Tung years reinstates it as a social meeting place dedicated to history and leisure. The area lying south of the Forbidden City, close to the Sky and Agriculture temples, has been entirely revisited. The program is on two levels: an upper level with space used for institutional representation, and a lower level like an urban valley, 400 m long and 80 m wide, that forms a pedestrian area. A raised (height: 6 meters) linear garden is bordered by and leveled with two rows of cultural and commercial buildings overlooking the historical Gate. Nature is at the heart of the project with roof top gardens echoing the great Chinese tradition of mixing gardens and construction.