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2nd April 2012
by Mick Tan, 27 March 2012
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has announced that it won the master plan competition for the Beijing Bohai Innovation City.
The winning SOM plan leverages the economic and lifestyle assets of the Beijing-Tianjin corridor by centering the new district along the high-speed-rail line linking the national capital to the port city of Tianjin. The city expansion will host 17.6 million square meters of mixed-use development, with a focus on providing a location for various industries in the growing Bohai Rim, a region that already accounts for more than a quarter of China’s GDP.
With half the 1,473-hectare site allocated to open space and nature, Beijing Bohai Innovation City builds upon SOM’s other sustainable, high-performance city design throughout the region, including the green Beijing CBD expansion master plan and the Yujiapu Financial District.
In addition to setting specific goals for water, energy, waste, renewable energy and building design efficiency, the winning design scheme builds upon landscape design firm Turenscape’s proposed central wetland park by calling for functional environmental systems to filter and clean storm water before returning it to adjoining rivers.
The master plan is designed with a central business district organized around a high speed train station and five distinct neighborhoods offering housing, education, shopping and work destinations. It modifies the street grid to incorporate existing road alignments while enhancing connectivity to the high speed rail station and creating special view corridors to landmark developments.
The plan also provides a 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.
SOM’s Beijing Bohai Innovation City concept emerged from the competition for “Beijing Bohai Rim Advanced Business Park”, held jointly by Beijing Tongzhou District Taihu High End Headquarters Construction Management Committee and Beijing Xinghu Investment and Development Co. Ltd.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban-planning firms in the world. The firm has been honored with more than 1,500 awards. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award—in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai and Abu Dhabi.