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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Dongjiang Harbor Master Plan in Binhai, China by Holm Architecture Office

July 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Holm Architecture Office

The Dongjiang Master Plan site is situated within the Binhai area, 60 kilometers outside of the city of Tianjin in Northern China on a newly developed section of the coastline. The plan includes 280,000 square meters of residential development, with 40,000 square meters of mixed-use office, retail, and public space.

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  • Architects: Holm Architecture Office
  • Project: Dongjiang Harbor Master Plan
  • Location: Tianjin, Binhai, China
  • Program: Residential, Office, Commercial and Landscape.
  • Type: Invited Competition.
  • Size: 280.000 M2 residential, 40.000 M2 Mixed Use Office & Retail.
  • Client: Confidential.
  • Team: HAO/Holm Architecture Office and Archiland Beijing.

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The design evolves around the prime beach location with a central pedestrian boardwalk that services both the low and midrise residential housing blocks. The central boardwalk runs parallel to the beach, creating views of the water while taking the visitor through areas of gardens and retail within the new development.

The dune-shaped residential development is designed to maximize sunlight, assuring that each apartment receives a minimum of two hours of direct sunlight daily, while optimizing views from the individual apartments as well as natural ventilation.

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The western edge of the site provides vehicular access with drop offs as well as access to below-ground parking areas freeing up the interior of the site to pedestrians, while the northern part of the site is developed as a mixed-use office and retail development.

“With the Dongjiang Masterplan we aimed to develop a housing typology that allows for high density while emulating the natural surroundings of the site. The dune shape buildings create unique apartment layouts, all with direct sunlight, natural cross ventilation and direct connections to the adjacent sea and beach,” said Jens Holm, founder HAO / Holm Architecture Office.

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About HAO / Holm Architecture Office

HAO / Holm Architecture Office is an international design collective founded by Danish architect Jens Holm. For more information, please visit our site at or contact

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