Steinberg Architects has secured a contract from Aptech and Songya Lake to design a mixed-use project in Changsha, China.
The firm competed with companies from Germany, Great Britain and Australia for the massive project. Covering 80 million square feet, it will be built on a 7,000-acre site that will house 63 million square feet of residential space, 5.5 million square feet of offices, four million square feet of commercial space and 1.5 million square feet of community space.
After winning the bid the US-based architecture firm told San Jose Business Journal that the bidding process to win the work was "intensely competitive".
The $3bn project, called Changsha Songya Hu, will be developed in three phases. Changsha Songya Hu will primarily include a waterfront business district, an entertainment district and an ecological model community mixing residences and green public spaces. Steinberg Architects expects to finalise plans for the development by June, in order to commence landscape and public-area construction this year.
The firm has some experience in the Chinese market, having provided master-planning, conceptual design, schematic design and design development for the Shanghai OCT Block 13 mixed-use development. It included residential, commercial and retail elements, as well as a hotel, a fitness club and a community centre.
The company also designed the Chengdu Zhengxing Residential Master Plan and City University of Hong Kong Campus Master Plan.