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Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard

Shenzhen’s Triple Dike coastal defense

In 2018, the typhoon Mangkhut damaged the coastline of the Dapeng peninsula to various degrees. In 2019, team KCAP+FELIXX was selected to develop plans to restore the coastline and raise protection standards. The team developed the ‘Triple dike strategy’, an integrated approach towards the climate adaptive reorganization of the 130 kilometer long shore. Water safety strategies are connected to eco-development and nature restoration, and merged with social and economic growth.

COASTAL COMMUNITIES

Along the shore, several villages originate from fishing communities. The application of the triple-dike strategy provides these coastal communities with a framework to enhance their existing qualities while unlocking potentials for growth. The small-scale identity of the villages is protected by locating new developments within the existing boundaries. Each village’s specific character is strengthened to amplify the rich variation of recreational facilities. 

YANGMEIKENG

In May 2020 the Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard was the first of six strategic development areas where the construction of the coastal defense was completed. On a 500m long strip, the performance of proposed nature-based strategies for the sea wall are tested, and materialization principles are explored and refined. The realization of this ‘demonstration zone’ is the first milestone in the construction of 18 kilometers of embankment by 2021. 

TRIPLE DIKE

The three protective zones of the ‘Triple Dike’ strengthen the character of Yangmeikeng, as a fortress in the green. The design evades the introduction of a grand metropolitan scale and supports the organic village life. The varied design of the different areas invites users to engage in diverse activities; to go for a swim, have a picnic with friends or take a long walk along the boulevard.


The first protective zone consists of ‘wave-gardens’, mitigating the impact of the flow during storms. They are planted with robust beach vegetation and rocks, and offer places for picnicking, to enjoy the view on the beach.


The middle zone is composed of a sequence of shifting walls, with different heights. They create plazas and sheltered terraces on different levels, connected by a scenic walk.


The third zone is formed by a collection of ‘rain-gardens’, as part of the communal space. The lush vegetation of trees and shrubs blends with the adjacent mountains, and offers covered and shaded places. The gardens collect and infiltrate rainwater and wave overflow.

Walls and pavement blend in with the sand color of the beach. The materialization illustrates the characteristics of the three dike zones: more delicate materials are used for sheltered places, robust and solid elements are used for the exposed zones.


Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard, before and after photographs

Year

2019 - 2020

Location

Shenzhen, China

Type

Masterplan, Infrastructure, Landscape, Public Space

Client

Water Resources Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality

Size

42 ha

Awards

1st prize competition
WLA Award [shortlist]
Eurasia prize [winner]
IABR Rotterdam

List
  1. Hondsrug Park Amsterdam
  2. Eemsdelta Campus
  3. Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard
  4. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  5. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  6. Towards a healthy city by foot
  7. Isle of Dikes
  8. The Unbound Amsterdam
  9. A green entrance for the airport
  10. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  11. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  12. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  13. Cartesius Quarter
  14. Public Space Alpen
  15. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  16. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  17. Jonas Amsterdam
  18. Healthy Tracks
  19. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  20. City Square Tyumen
  21. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet Utrecht
  22. Strategic Urban Green Study
  23. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  24. ImageWharf
  25. Ódinstorg Square
  26. Overloon War Museum
  27. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  28. Ludlstrasse Munich
  29. Yaanila Country Park
  30. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  31. Villa Garden
  32. City life in the woods
  33. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  34. Socio-technical city of the future
  35. Buji River
  36. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  37. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  38. Maritime Campus Almere
  39. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  40. Sijthoff
  41. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  42. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  43. City Extension Plan Yangon
  44. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  45. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  46. Fish Market Leuven
  47. Zinder Culture Cluster
  48. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  49. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  50. Strategic Plan Fier
  51. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  52. Kronenburg Business Park
  53. Dharavi Mumbai
  54. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  55. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  56. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  57. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  58. Berlin Am Volkspark
  59. The Museum of the 20th Century
  60. Gardabaer
  61. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  62. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  63. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  64. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  65. Danxia Recreational Park
  66. Campus Lelystad
  67. University Campus San Pedro
  68. Proto Tamansari
  69. City Gardens Tyumen
  70. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  71. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  72. Bandar Lampung Park
  73. R&D Campus Fengxian
  74. S-West Eindhoven
  75. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  76. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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