Modern Boulevard

China's Most Recognised Boulevard

Location
Suzhou, China
Status
Completed 2001
Client
SIP Planning Bureau
Type
Landscape

The Modern Boulevard is 100m wide overall with 25m landscape edges, 4.0m wide bicycle lanes separated from the three-lane roadway by a landscaped median strip, and is the main eastern entry from Shanghai to Suzhou and Suzhou Industrial Park.

The boulevard extends for 9 kilometres with the character of the boulevard changing from east to west as the land uses change from industrial to residential, mixed use commercial, office and cultural in the west. Landscaping along the modern boulevard is an integral part of the green network of open spaces for community recreation, designed with future development connection nodes.

As people drive along the boulevard they experience changing vistas, culminating in the dense urban form of the CBD and the open views across the landscaped shores of Jinji Lake, as they exit the SIP city and enter the city of Suzhou.

Pedestrian pathways are separated from the roadway and meander through the landscaped edge connecting to small activity spaces, adjoining building connections and shelter structures located at each intersection. All street furniture, lighting, shelters and seating were bespoke, as part of the landscape design.

Landscaping along the modern boulevard is an integral part of the green network of open spaces for community recreation, designed with future development connection nodes.