Global design firm Populous has secured the contract to design the master plan of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Populous’s plan will add nearly three million square metres of built space to the city of Nanjing, including Olympic venues, exhibition centres and athlete’s accommodations.
The plan also includes public buildings that will be illuminated like lanterns.
The initial phase will see the addition of around 400,000m² of new built space that will be completed before 2014 for the Youth Olympic Games, the full plan is to be completed over a longer period.
Principal of the masterplanning team for the Nanjing submission, Ashley Munday, said, “Our primary brief was to create a lasting legacy for the city of Nanjing following the Youth Olympics in 2014.
“The master plan was designed with the long-term development of the city in mind and the Olympic Games have been carefully positioned to inhabit the new city rather than retrofit a legacy. Nanjing will literally light up for the Games, highlighting the city as the host of the Games,” she said.