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.
Vanke Plaza Fuzhou in China by John Curran Architects
March 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: John Curran Architects
Vanke Plaza Fuzhou departs from the defensive gated community model that has proliferated across China, opting instead to be part of City Life. John Curran Architects focus on ‘’Neighbourhood Building’’, and have designed and realised 700,000sqm of mixed use communities ‘’nested in their cities’’.
Bai Ma Park & River forms a wonderful green heart where the everyday life of Fuzhou City is played out. Summer 2015 marked completion of the first phase of Vanke Plaza Fuzhou. A Vision to create a lively neighbourhood of pedestrian streets, opening up to coalesce with the surrounding Park, River, Market & Living Communities.
The completed first phase is organised along a ‘’cultural spine’’, opening into a series of public spaces programmed with art, music & dance performance. As connector, the neighbourhood presents a lively landscape for citizens to percolate from the Park through to the University, Schools, Hospital & Children’s Nursery serving the wider community on the other side.
This regenerated neighbourhood brings together a rich mix of ingredients in one place – Work, Living, Entertainment & Culture, to set a new high standard for living in Fuzhou City. Children play in safe, stimulating & green spaces. Parents can find a place to live, affordable for middle income families, overlooking the majestic Bai Ma Park, with views of Fuzhou mountains encircling the city on the horizon.
Glistening towers add a new spectacle on the skyline – Bright, Efficient & Fun. After 6 years in the making, this ‘’Walkable City District’’ is on course to receive China’s 3 Green Star Rating for sustainability.
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