Located in Wenjiang District along the banks of the River Jiang’an, the entire site be understood as a fabric woven together with public roads, pedestrian paths, and bridge connections. Inspiration for design comes from the history of Chengdu as a leading center for the production of brocade. Fabric designs, with flowing lines and rich colors, is a metaphor for architecture: a place that weaves together a variety of uses and experiences, and a mixture of old and new.
Signaling growing influence of China’s inland cities, global architectural, engineering and urban design practice RTKL, announced the groundbreaking of the first phase of the Pearl River New Town, a 80-acre district in Chengdu that will form the heart of the city’s westward growth and modernization. The core of the plan is 110,000 Square Meters, four-level shopping center, which will be anchored by IT department stores. Mall will open and airy, with generous natural light, the central court, and a green roof that will be connected to a 35-story Class A office buildings.
Outside, a plaza and garden area will offer a meeting place and retail activity on the street. Of particular note is the pedestrian-friendly “Silk Walk,” a lifestyle environment lined with restaurants and shops. This experience will have the character of a traditional Chinese city, full of activity and life. “With the breakthrough of this district from the beginning of a new town center, and a new standard for international quality urban development in Chengdu,” said Thomas Brink AIA, LEED AP, vice president of RTKL.
In order to give the area unique and memorable characters, a comprehensive brand identity will be integrated into all aspects of the environment. Built environment are interwoven into the site in a way that celebrates the living heritage of the diverse urban culture and mix of modern lifestyle. This experience creates a community that is mutually based on tradition but ready for the future of a dynamic and interesting.
- Project: New Chengdu City Center
- Location: Wenjiang District, Chengdu, China
- Architects: RTKL
All photo credit and copyright: courtesy of RTKL
[Via - Archdaily.com]