Traveler Corridor of Jiaoxi Bus Station
The original bus station is adjacent to the provincial highway and Jiaoxi’s largest public hot spring park. The undulating terrain in the park allows one to feel the trend of the mountains and the smoke from the hot springs. Making people want to get off the bus and take a shortcut straight to the hot spring hotel. We modified the undulating terrain and steps to avoid the unnecessary intersection of pedestrians and vehicles. With a length of 120 meters, the relatively horizontal canopy we designed shelters the rain and strengthens the perception of topographical changes. Pedestrians can finally pull their luggage through the gentle slope. Passing through the forest theater, children play on grassy slopes and the steaming smoke from foot bath. With a spacious pavement that visitors can walk around, pedestrians are guided by the sunlight passing through woods. Entering the city via noisy provincial highway is no longer the only option. With hotels and bus station at corridors’ south and north entrance, the terrain, park and foot bath are all joined into a large station. The experience of being in the valley, surrounded by the sound of greenery, the comfortable feeling of submerging in nature, it’s an unforgettable characteristics of the temperate tropical mountain city. Getting off the bus in the park leads to the entrance to the mountain city of hot springs.
Green Creek Plaza
Exiting from the south exit of the bus station park, at the end of the Jiankang Road lined with new hotel buildings is the winding Tangwei River. Crossing the stream through a private but wide alley, one reaches Jiaoxi’s most lively and historical location, Tangweigou. Blocked by footbridge, stalls, and dense plants, most travelers are discouraged from entry. In our intervention the footbridge that blocked the urban axis has been partially demolished. The end of Jiankang Road has been transformed into a new square, connecting the lively area across the river. Without changing the elevation of the levee, our design transformed the levee slope into a series of stepped seats and pruning plants, reducing the sense of closure of the square. This allows views to the opposite side of the river while welcoming citizens with a more open square. During festivals, it can also be used as a stage venue for religious parade. This square next to the green creek is the space time hall where New World walks into the hot spring township.
Paoma Historic Trail Park
A forest park that brings natural into the city. The mountains seep into the city along the woods, wishing to give Jiaoxi a location with mountain view. We are constantly thinking about dismantling buildings to create nice spaces, lowering walls that enclose facilities for decades, and turn them into a large green space that everyone can use freely. We are reducing large scale and poor structural barracks where walls are cut through continuously and big trees are preserved. Letting vistas pass through the woods and the remaining barracks, one experiences the order and the different aspects of nature. The trails cut through the camp, allowing activities to alternate between the barracks and the courtyards. And outdoor theaters can form anywhere. Several forests are preserved, and the auditorium ruin has been cut and reduced in size. The stage can also be modified for various functions. Dark gray walls of the barracks on the community side hide the building mass in the shade of the trees. Only the greenery can be seen spreading into the city. Looking back at the mountains and forests, the white flat volume is embedded in the landscape. One can still feel the scars of the past authoritarian period. But one can also perceive the natural changes through the contrast of man-made objects. By balancing the earthwork, we restored the military camp to its natural undulating terrain and open up spaces for great mountain view. The boulders that live on the slopes are like the incarnations of ancient mountain spirits. While searching for their coming, we can looked up to Jiaoxi Mountain freely. Now everyone can enjoy the precious sky of Jiaoxi.