Jining, China (2010?)
site area: 7.86ha
type: residential, commercial, retail and leisure
The Jining masterplan consists of four distinct areas designed to have unique characters but also act as a single contemporary urban ensemble.
Site A, the riverside commercial and entertainment precinct consists of a single mid-rise building containing youth-focused facilities such as food courts and restaurants, high fashion retail, SOHO lofts and serviced apartments. The ?W? shaped building provides a distinctive form to the river and is complemented by a series of smaller-scale water?s edge stepped terraces housing waterfront restaurants and cafe.
The largest site, B, accommodates a three to five storey retail precinct. A fine grain of retail buildings and an arts centre create a shopping village similar in scale to the traditional Chinese city. A series of four apartment towers ranging from 18 to 32 floors are arranged to maximise solar access to the ground level plaza and alleyways between the retail buildings.
An iconic gently twisting, 59 storey tower comprising of a 24 storey hotel and 24 storeys of SOHO apartments marks site C, and the whole proposed development from a distance. The tower engages as a quarter block of the retail podium which includes a department store, food court, retail spaces and landscaped roof terraces.