Jiefang Tunnel

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Hangzhou, China
Hangzhou Construction Management Committee
Integrated urban and landscape design concept report

Concept development for a dual carriageway tunnel in an urban setting. The new tunnel links the old city of Hangzhou with the new CBD. The central wall acts as a blade that helps air quality within the tunnel and rises as a sculptural element at street level.

The architectural language takes its inspiration from symbols and meanings of the old city: the boat shape openings at the portals reflect the importance of the West Lake to the old city; the fluid shapes reflect the canal that the tunnel crosses under; and the contemporary language creates a visual link with the new CBD. The extended openings at the portal assist in improving air quality within the tunnel reducing mechanical ventilation requirements.

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