The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

Belgium

West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk
Belgium

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

North America

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

West 8 Engaged to Design the Landscape Concept for Gulangyu Island, Xiamen

West 8 has been commissioned by the Municipal Planning Bureau of Xiamen to design the landscape master plan and design concept for Gulangyu Island.

Gulangyu Island is located 600m south west of Xiamen Island on the Lujiang River. Covering 1.87 square kilometres the Island has a registered population of about 13,400 and resident population of 16,900.

Gulangyu Island is renowned for its natural island landscape and rich cultural heritage, accumulated over hundreds of years. The Island’s historical architecture (it contains more than 390 heritage listed buildings) has been a contributing factor in Gulangyu Island gaining a reputation as an “International Architecture Expo”.

Despite the beautiful environment, unique architecture and profound historical and cultural heritage the infrastructure and resources of Gulangyu Island have come under strain. Historical development, coupled with a quick increase in tourism, structural changes to residents’ dwellings, the reduction in community functions, damage to heritage elements, an absence of a cultural ambience; an overflow of commerce; clutter within neighbourhoods and an imbalance in development between the Northern and Southern areas of the Island are just some of the problems facing the Island today.  

West 8 has been engaged to conduct an in depth analysis of site, which will address how the stories of Gulangyu can be told and brought alive today and the ways in which Gulangyu can be restored/remain a liveable and enjoyable free spirited island for both inhabitants and guests.

The overall masterplan will be submitted in the coming season.

West 8 展開《鼓浪嶼景觀風貌專項規劃》

鼓浪嶼位於廈門島西南隅,與廈門島、海滄、漳州開發區隔海相望,與廈門島只隔600米的鷺江。面積1.87平方公里,戶籍人口約1.34萬人,常住人口約1.69萬人。鼓浪嶼不僅有天風海濤的海島景觀,其百年曆史更積累下了深厚的文化底蘊,留下了豐富的歷史遺產,其中尤以歷史風貌建築(已認定390餘處)最具代表性,因而鼓浪嶼擁有“萬國建築博覽會”之美譽。

雖然鼓浪嶼擁有優美的環境、深厚的歷史文化底蘊和建築精華,但由於歷史發展等眾多客觀原因,以及廈門經濟的快速發展和交通的日益改善,每年來廈門的遊客驟然增加,隨之而來的各類亂像在鼓浪嶼上不斷出現。居民結構變化、社區功能​​萎縮;歷史遺產損壞、文化氛圍缺失;商業氛圍過濃、街區環境雜亂;大眾旅游過載、南北發展失衡等諸多現像不斷凸顯。鼓浪嶼特有的人文藝術內涵和景觀未充分得到挖掘。

當前,廈門市委市政府正著手推進「美麗廈門」戰略規劃,鼓浪嶼作為建設「美麗廈門」的「典範和精華」受到特別重視。因此,對於鼓浪嶼未來景觀整體形象應有更前瞻性的把握和明確。遂開展《鼓浪嶼景觀風貌專項規劃》。West 8 接受廈門市委市政府邀請,為《鼓浪嶼景觀風貌專項規劃》提交方案,以廈門市建設「美麗廈門」為指導,對素有「海上花園」之稱的廈門鼓浪嶼進行契合定位的景觀風貌專項研究。 成個將於下一季提交。