UK-based architectural firm Building Design Partnership (BDP) has won an international competition to design a new business district in Shanghai, China, for developer Golden Kingdom.
The 350,000m² Hongqiao business district scheme is part of a mixed-use, mixed density masterplan and will comprise shops, offices and new public spaces.
The business district will be a low rise development featuring buildings rising no more than eight storeys high.
The development is close to Shanghai’s main railway station and main domestic airport, and is about 17km from the city’s existing business district, Pudong.
A BDP spokesperson said the key drivers in the design are the natural and climatic assets of the site and location, and their optimisation in creating sustainable design solutions.
As part of the design, a large urban block will be divided into a human scale development taking into account pedestrian flow, natural light and wind paths.
Space for offices will be built around the edges of the development, while the commercial spaces will be built at street level towards the centre.
Construction on the project is expected to start on site in September 2012.
The contract award comes a few months after BDP won the masterplan competition of the Zhengdong Transit Hub in Henan, China, organised by the Zhengzhou city authority in February 2012.
The 300ha plan, covering more than 2,000,000m² of development, sets out proposals for the environs of its new rail and bus stations.
Image: The 350,000m² Hongqiao business district scheme will comprise shops, offices and new public spaces. Photo: Building Design Partnership.