XD Chengdu


Concept Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation Review and Construction Administration


Chengdu, Sichuan, China







A renaissance in urban commercial thinking

ASPECT Studios have completed the first phase of the HyperLane development in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. A 2.4km multi-level linear sky park, the HyperLane is a youth culture and lifestyle destination at the heart of the city’s music and arts university district. It establishes a vibrant and fun orientated linear space, linking the local transportation hub with the university community and campus in Chengdu.

The site was formally a series of derelict walled spaces used for unplanned parking and offered zero social or environmental value to the area or community.  The perimeter walls resulted in the student accommodation being physically and socially disconnected from the university campus, with only a small number of narrow degraded alleyways allowing access. It was these alleyways, crammed with life, people and food sellers that offered inspiration, with the walls displaying bold and vibrant urban art and graffiti demonstrating the artistic energy that laid under the surface of the community.

Responding to the unique and characteristics of the students, the design connects in every direction, creating a barrier free skypark and pedestrian network which stretches over 2.4km. It links the new Chengdu fast train station to the university while allowing for direct north / south connections from the student accommodation to the university campus.  Designed pre-COVID-19, with construction completing shortly after lockdown, the socially defined space provides perfect response to social distancing with an urban space in accordance with local guidelines.

The first phase of the project – the Urban Gallery – consists of both a curatable and a permeant programme. It is a social experiential place and point of community connection that supports the youthful creative arts and music culture. Within the Urban Gallery are several principal areas. The Promenade consists of a network of planters, raingardens and multi directional social seating that combined acts as a fridge to the main road with a layer of trees.