Lead8 have won a masterplan design competition for a 2.3km waterfront development in Changde, Hunan. The major multifunctional project will be developed in five phases, with phase one construction scheduled to commence in the spring of 2016.
The city expansion will bring 2 million square metres of mixed-use development, which will consist of Government administration buildings, Office towers, Hotels, Residential, Retail Mall, SOHO, Shopping Street, School, Kindergarten, Public Library, Museum, Spiritual Space, Community Hall, Whole-sale Market and City Observation Tower.
The masterplan is designed with a central business district organised along Changde’s picturesque waterfront, delivering a new civic and commercial centre for the northwest Chinese city of Changde.
The vision was for a human and family-oriented mixed-use urban community within an environmentally friendly framework to attract talented people and forward-thinking Chinese and international firms that want to position themselves in the same way.
As a public space, the waterfront area is entirely pedestrian, and directly communicates with the new city centre with large, open vistas to facilitate the flow of people from civic, residential and commercial buildings.
The project also introduces a ferry terminal for water taxis, ensuring full use of the river and providing an advanced multi-modal transportation network. Combined with pedestrian and bicycle friendly street design, this network conveniently connects residents to neighbouring workplaces, schools and cultural amenities along green streets and corridors.
The design reuses building materials from existing structures, such as the red bricks from agricultural buildings. The exposed bricks will become one of the key features.
Additionally, the design of the central city observation tower is based upon the peach blossom, which Changde is famous for, thus incorporating a sense of nature and heritage to the region and city.
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