Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s (SOM) vision of developing satellite cities along Chinese high-speed rail corridors with its Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan has won an international design competition.
Under the plan, 17.6 million m² of mixed-use space will be developed on the edge of Beijing with a focus on providing a headquarters for advanced industries in the Bohai Rim region.
The master plan has been designed with a central business district located around a high-speed train station and five distinct neighbourhoods offering housing, education, shopping and work destinations.
SOM project chief designer Thomas Hussey said: "Beijing Bohai Innovation City establishes a new model of transit-oriented development at an unprecedented scale."
"The new district will leverage the high-speed rail to bridge two major metropolitan areas and create a sustainable urban environment that concentrates walkable, compact densities around transit stations, while still preserving existing agriculture and green space," Hussey said.
The competition was called by Beijing Tongzhou District Taihu High End Headquarters Construction Management Committee and Beijing Xinghu Investment and Development.
The master plan dedicates half of the 1,473ha site to open space and nature.
The street grid has been modified to combine existing road alignments while enhancing connectivity to the high-speed rail station and creating special view corridors to developments.
Apart from offering water, energy, waste, renewable energy and building design efficiency, the scheme also supports design firm Turenscape’s proposed central wetland park by calling for environmental systems to clean storm water before releasing it to nearby rivers.
The plan also provides an advanced multi-modal transportation network highlighted by the city’s close proximity to the existing capital airport and a potential new international airport south of Beijing.
The plan calls for 80% of the city’s personal transportation to be transit, walking and bicycling by combining high-speed rail with metro lines, bus rapid transit, local streetcars and an electric car fleet.
Image: The Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan will create 17.6 million m² of mixed-use development around a high-speed rail station. Photo: SOM.