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An unused plot becomes a destination

  • Proposals for a new urban quarter near Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
  • Inspired by the contours of a rice valley 
  • Includes a high perimeter to protect a peaceful inner sanctum

By considering the placemaking opportunities rather just the proximity to Hongqiao International Airport, we’re able to define Hongqiao as a destination in its own right.

Bill Webb
Architect, Make

Project Details

Location Shanghai, China
Status Design/Concept
Sectors Urban design, Mixed use
Area 105,300m² site area/306,300m² total built area
Client Beijing Vantone Real Estate Company Ltd

Next to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is a regeneration area set to undergo a transformation into a new commercial hub featuring apartments, hotels, retail and leisure facilities. We were asked to create a masterplan for this blossoming urban quarter.

Our scheme responds closely to the local landscape. Its undulating layout echoes the contours of a rice valley, with high-walled perimeters to insulate the peaceful space inside from noise and traffic. New streets mirror the alignment of surrounding roads to ensure easy passage into the site and pave the way for any future development.

We’ve designed a network of landscaped gardens and green open spaces towards the centre of the development. Clearly defined cycle and pedestrian routes knit these spaces into the wider scheme, and lead to a stadium, exhibition and gateway building – three key addresses that give the site a central focus.

Our mixed use masterplan will significantly improve the fate of this address. It will not longer be just a place on the way to somewhere else; it’ll be a destination in its own right – a busy hub in a vibrant, tranquil setting.