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.