Former city airport runway is transformed into a stunning park

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The project is the brainchild of U.S architecture firm Sasaki, which has transformed the concrete runway of Shanghai's Longhua (or Lunghwa) Airport.
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It's an urban landscaping project that has taken off in style.

What was once a 6,000ft (1,830m) long airport runway in Shanghai is now a stunning park containing 2,227 trees, 82 plant species, a beautiful sunken garden, cycle paths, a playground and a bird-watching grove.

The project is the brainchild of U.S architecture firm Sasaki, which has transformed the concrete runway of Longhua (or Lunghwa) Airport. It operated for 80 years until 2011 and was the city's only civilian airport until 1949.

The 6,000ft-long Xuhui Runway Park in Shanghai, which has been designed by U.S architecture firm Sasaki, offers 'a space of recreation for nearby communities, as well as a respite from the high-density redevelopment around'

An aerial view of Xuhui Runway Park, which has been built on the site of the runway at the former Longhua Airport

Work began on transforming the runway in 2016. The project was finally completed in April 2020

Architecture firm Sasaki describes the new park as 'an innovative urban revitalisation project that breathes new life into a unique piece of Shanghai's history'. Pictured is one of the water features

Work on the runway park began in 2016, with Sasaki tasked with designing the overhaul by the Shanghai Xuhui Waterfront Development Investment Construction Company.

The park, a 36-acre site called Xuhui Runway Park, was finally completed in April 2020 with the architecture firm describing it as 'an innovative urban revitalisation project that breathes new life into a unique piece of Shanghai's history'.

It explains: 'To reflect the site's previous history, the design mimics the motion of a runway, creating diverse linear spaces for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians by organising the park and street into one interconnected sequence at a runway scale.

'Planned as a public street and linear park side-by-side, this project serves as a runway of modern life, offering a space of recreation for nearby communities, as well as a respite…
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