Currently considered inaccessible to pedestrians and cyclists, Slussen is a black hole in the heart of Stockholm. The proposal turns Slussen into an urban recreational area assuring easy movement for the citizens and tourists of Stockholm. By moving the public program towards the most attractive place, and integrating the heavy traffic under the cover of a public square, it is possible to regain the waterfront, and at the same time connect the city parts around Slussen. The edge towards the water is terraced to provide day light to the public and commercial spaces behind.
We propose to turn the Chongqing Circus City in to a public park on the Yantze River. An urban oasis for the emerging city on the mountain by the river.
Rather than replacing the existing landscape with a new circus building – we propose to turn the natural topography into a circus landscape.
We propose a new form of architecture native to the natural features of the Bayu region, harmoniously integrated in the natural topography of the steep slopes of the river banks. An artificial landscape rather than a manmade object.
We propose an architecture that combines a rigorous functional layout with a poetic natural aesthetic. On the inside a functional spine of spaces for backstage, animals, rehearsal, production and accommodation. On the outside a sensuous landscape of terraces, caves and canopies for the public visitors. A symbiosis of visual and practical aesthetics.