Chapman Taylor wins competition to design a new 1,380-hectare district for Daxing New Town in Beijing

Chapman Taylor has beaten five other contenders in a competition to design the western district of Daxing New Town, in the southern suburbs of Beijing.

The mixed-use district, the design for which is now in development, will include residential buildings, shopping centres, entertainment venues, cultural amenities, offices, co-working spaces and hotels, within a landscape defined by beautiful parkland and lakes.

Chapman Taylor’s winning concept creates a 1,380-hectare innovation zone for Daxing New Town which will strike a balance between the requirements of urban and rural areas and will blend with the surrounding natural environment in a context-appropriate way.

The new district, to the west of the Beijing-to-Shanghai high-speed railway line, will be planned in a clear and focused way, with functions allotted in the optimum configuration. The urban plan will incorporate new infrastructure and improved transport links, with underground space used to create a three-dimensional city.

An emphasis will be placed on the ecological and cultural elements of the new area, with the district becoming a self-sustaining and attractive place in which to live, work and explore.

Hua Lei

Director, Beijing

Since joining Chapman Taylor in 2006, Hua Lei has been responsible for leading the design process in China, developing new business and expanding our Shanghai studio's presence in a competitive market.

He is regularly invited to give lectures by various local and international universities as well as commercial institutions, covering subjects from architectural design theory to commercial planning practice.

Areas of expertise:

City Masterplanning / Urban Design / Mixed-use

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