Chapman Taylor creates Shenzhen Bao’An Central Axis masterplan in south-eastern China

Chapman Taylor has created a masterplan for a culture and leisure-led mixed-use district and a landscaped public park at Shenzhen Bao’an in south-eastern China.

The masterplan envisages a strategically well-placed central axis in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, just 40 minutes’ drive from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport. The scheme will be a major transportation fulcrum for major roads, pedestrian walkways and an underground metro station.

The project, located on the waterfront of Bao’An Bay, will create a large nature-friendly space surrounded by cultural and leisure facilities, which will link Shenzhen’s international finance hub to the coastline and Bao’an Central District.

The beautiful landscaped park will form the spine of what will be a vibrant mix of retail, F&B, leisure and cultural amenities. The porous edges of the park will create an open and seamless connection with the surrounding urban fabric and provide easy access to the metro station entrances and to the underground shopping centre and parking. The landscaping continues into the underground spaces, helping to create a visually unified space.

Multiple waterways will run through the scheme, serving to create diverse, lush habitats and microclimates in the form of canals, rivers and a wetland delta. During wet seasons, the waterways will capture, clean and recycle rainwater, while, during dry seasons, they will become part of the event plaza.

The environmentally sustainable design, created in collaboration with Martha Schwarz Partners, ensures excellent integration with the wider urban landscape and seamless links with existing transport networks. The result will be a relaxing and popular cultural and leisure destination for Shenzhen which will inspire and surprise.

Johnny Jiang (M.Arch M.D.A (Master of Design Arts))

Director, 上海 and Beijing

Johnny Jiang recently joined Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio as a Director in November 2018. He has considerable experience in architectural design in both Germany and China and has led and participated in many important large-scale urban design projects, including both architectural and interior design.

Johnny has plays a leading role on some of the Shanghai studio’s most significant urban design projects, and is skilled at combining innovative concepts with the requirements of China's market and the local context. Johnny’s leadership during the construction process, and his strict control of project quality, have been widely praised by clients and partners.

Areas of expertise:

Architecture / Interior Design / Urban Design / Masterplanning / Mixed-Use

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