Chapman Taylor’s design concept for Wuxi Xiyan Lake

Our Shanghai Studio, alongside the Guangzhou Municipal Planning Institute and Deloitte, has developed a conceptual urban design for a new Eco-Tech City which perfectly integrates ecology and technology. The design combines Sponge City and Smart City principles.

The masterplan proposes a world-class city to be developed in and around the existing conurbation of Wuxi, in southern Jiangsu province, eastern China. The design aims to maximise the ecological benefits of the canal and strengthen the control of the flow of rivers and lakes, whilst promoting interaction between people and nature.

The Grand Canal and Xiyan Lake are connected from the north to the south. Through smart water network monitoring and various sponge facilities, the risk of flooding will be minimised and the problem of water pollution solved. Rainwater will be purified and new habitats created.

The Xiyan Lake Country Park in the centre of the site will be rich and diverse in dry seasons, flexible in wet seasons and ecologically safe in heavy rain seasons. On the periphery of the lake, a network of paths will facilitate exploration, sports and recreation, promoting a connection between the community and nature.

The project will help to lead the transformation and upgrade to regional manufacturing and facilitate smart logistics and emerging industries such as zero-carbon and smart cultural tourism. New zero-carbon emission residential areas are proposed and scientific venues including an iconic zero-carbon Exhibition Centre.

The design for Wuxi Xiyanhu Ecological Science and Technology City includes an upgrade to Huishan Station and Wuxi West Station in response to national strategies. Empowering the city with ecology and technology will help it to lead a transformation of the region.

The masterplan proposes a world-class city to be developed in and around the existing conurbation of Wuxi, in southern Jiangsu province, eastern China. The design aims to maximise the ecological benefits of the canal and strengthen the control of the flow of rivers and lakes, whilst promoting interaction between people and nature.

The Grand Canal and Xiyan Lake are connected from the north to the south. Through smart water network monitoring and various sponge facilities, the risk of flooding will be minimised and the problem of water pollution solved. Rainwater will be purified and new habitats created.

The Xiyan Lake Country Park in the centre of the site will be rich and diverse in dry seasons, flexible in wet seasons and ecologically safe in heavy rain seasons. On the periphery of the lake, a network of paths will facilitate exploration, sports and recreation, promoting a connection between the community and nature.

The project will help to lead the transformation and upgrade to regional manufacturing and facilitate smart logistics and emerging industries such as zero-carbon and smart cultural tourism. New zero-carbon emission residential areas are proposed and scientific venues including an iconic zero-carbon Exhibition Centre.

The design for Wuxi Xiyanhu Ecological Science and Technology City includes an upgrade to Huishan Station and Wuxi West Station in response to national strategies. Empowering the city with ecology and technology will help it to lead a transformation of the region.

Yichun Xu

副董事, 上海

Yichun joined Chapman Taylor in 2018 and is a key member of the studio’s masterplanning team. Among the major projects on which she has worked are the Beixingjing masterplan for Shanghai, the Xiangyang Mixed-Use District, Future Hotel in Chongqing, the Xili Hub Area in Shenzhen and the Sanya Baopo Cultural and Sports District in Hainan.

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