UK-based engineering and design consultant Atkins has completed the masterplan for Dongyang in Zhejiang Province, one of the woodcarving capitals of China.
Covering a total area of 876,000m², the masterplan will create a cultural-commercial-tourist destination to reflect the local culture of woodcarving, and will feature the workshops of woodcarving masters and artisans.
The total area is divided into three interlinked blocks featuring a museum, an exhibition and convention centre, a trading centre, a hotel, offices, apartments and a riverside park, which will feature the masters’ clubs and outdoor exhibition space.
Design director at Atkins’ Shanghai office Lea Xu said the design will convey the local Chinese culture, with the woodcarving theme reflected throughout the project.
"The clarity and simplicity of the overall layout and the refinement in architecture and space design reflect the subtlety of Chinese culture and make our design stand out," Xu said.
The masterplan focuses on a north-south axis running from the Dongyang Mountain to the Dongyang River.
Atkins said that the design of the museum and the convention centre are influenced by techniques used in Dongyang woodcarving, and the museum features a sequence of courtyards which is based on the Chinese tradition of spatial relationships.
The three towers feature hotel and office accommodation and the trading centre hosts the woodcarving masters’ workshops located on the roof.
Atkins said that based on its masterplan, Dongyang developed its urban design regulation while a local design institute has started the architectural design of the museum and exhibition hall.
Earlier in 2013, Atkins secured a contract to design a hotel and residential complex in Sanya, China.
Image: The masterplan for Dongyang woodcarving city covers a total area of 876,000m². Photo courtesy of Atkins.