SOM to redevelop 2km Nanjing waterfront

SOM Janjing

SOM has won a competition for a large scale redevelopment of Nanjing’s Yangtze riverfront, a forgotten two-kilometre stretch in the historic Chinese city.

The development, by Beijing-based MCC Real Estate Co. LTD, is located between a river levee and the old city wall.

Phase One will revitalise the Dama Road and Tianbaoli area and establish a new framework of urban development blocks, tree-lined streets and public plazas.


The Dama Road District will be the hub of New Nanjing’s nightlife, and its renovated colonial-era buildings will house galleries and boutique retail.

SOM director Douglas Voigt said: “The core concept of the SOM plan for Nanjing Xiaguan is making connections. Connecting the city to the river. Connecting the best of urban living to nature. Connecting under-utilised land to value creation that will increase growth, tourism and prosperity. Connecting Nanjing’s rich heritage with China’s rising economy.”

The scheme will also contain corporate towers – joined by a tourist-focused sky bridge – as well as residences and a boutique hotel.

Chicago and Shanghai-based SOM urban planners have already begun work on the next round of detailed master planning.

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