We’re proud to announce that our project, Shaoxing Paojiang Two Lakes Area Master Plan, in collaboration with CRJA-IBI Group and Green Design Union has been awarded the 2014 Big Urban Future Project Award by the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects awards competition. The MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards are the only awards exclusively for future projects. They celebrate excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects spanning across twelve categories. With a strong focus on creativity, these awards are a chance to showcase projects that are examples of fine design, but have also responded to the client’s development brief, and considered the way in which they will impact and contribute to the community around them.
About the Project:
The Paojiang Lake District is located north of Shaoxing, China in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Area of Zhejiang Province. The site currently consists of a large lake (Yang Jing Bang Lake – 4 Sq Km) and farm fields. The site has a strategic location with access to a high-speed train station and strong public transit options (bike, bus and future subway links to Shaoxing CBD 5 km south of the site.)
The Master plan layers the site’s existing landscape with many amenities and uses, connected by an extensive pedestrian network and multi-modal transit infrastructure. Movement around the lake and the site are encouraged by creating areas with distinct identities and sets of experiences. These identities, experiences and uses are organized thematically, based on the five elements prominent in Chinese Culture – Gold, Fire, Wood, Earth and Water. The programs, uses, amenities, materials and forms will be associated with each element. These five icons not only represent one of the respective Five Elements, but also serve as a visual landmark to be seen from multiple locations around the lake. The points from where they can be viewed are strategically located, and relate to strategies which emphasize dramatic and scenic vistas.
Carol R. Johnson