Merging the individual buildings into the landscape gave us an opportunity to develop a masterplan that’s human-scaled and sympathetic to its surroundings.
Lead project architect, Make
Tianjin is a city of 15.2 million people in North East China. We were asked to design a new residential district for the city, one sympathetic to the natural beauty of its waterfront landscape.
We put the natural environment at the heart of our scheme, designing a series of canals to promote biodiversity and bring the serenity of Tianjin’s river and lake into its newest neighbourhood. A central town square will look out onto the water. To maximise green space, we’ve pushed roads to the edge of the site.
A series of simple, elegant, functional homes – including urban apartments and individual houses arranged around streams – will open out to natural light and beautiful views. All of the buildings are to be made in local materials to reinforce a strong connection with their surrounding ecology.
Our masterplan ensures the neighbourhood will feel like part of the natural environment rather than an interruption to it. The result will be a quiet, peaceful, delightful urban district – a haven of calm in one of China’s fastest-growing cities.