Shanghai Expo 2010
Shanghai World Expo 2010
New JiuZhou QingYan
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The name, JiuZhou QingYan reveals the conceptual framework of this roof garden, one of the largest green roofs in the world. It is a reinterpretation of the Chinese JiuZhou QingYan, or Nine Continents in Harmony, first implemented in the imperial garden, Yuanmingyuan. It is an ancient Chinese construct – a system that represents the whole territory of the universe.
A MATRIX OF LANDSCAPES
The new JiuZhou QingYan takes that ancient theme and, from it, builds an abstraction of the contemporary Chinese landscape. Given the technological and political difficulties to represent the cross section of Chinese landscape in a single project, the New JiuZhou QingYan presents itself as a matrix of climatic and geological situations.
8 PLUS 1 EQUALS 9
A series of eight gardens are created – each addressing a cultural or natural ecology: farm, marsh, lake, mountain, forest, savanna, loess ravine, and desert. The red, bracketed China Pavilion stands as the ninth construct in this series.
The roof garden is one of the largest green roofs in the world and required technical innovation to, among other requirements, withstand hurricane velocity winds and precipitation. Innovative plant anchoring devices were implemented in addition to soil design, drainage and irrigation engineering, and plant species selection. photos: TeamMINUS