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Hengqin MixC World in Zhuhai, China by 10 DESIGN
September 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: 10 DESIGN
10 DESIGN has been selected from 4 international architectural practices in a competition to design China Resources Land’s (CR Land) Hengqin MixC World in Zhuhai, China.
CR Land in cooperation with Macao’s New Fenghong Real Estate Development and China Resources Trust have invested 50 billion yuan to build this premium development. Covering a total GFA of over two million sqm, the joint venture expects the project to begin construction in September 2016. When completed, this project will create approximately 50,000 jobs in Zhuhai and generate nearly 1 billion yuan in tax revenue each year, further promoting the economic growth of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao.
Hengqin MixC World is a large scale mixed use development with destination retail as a major anchor to create a dynamic new city centre. Ted Givens – Design Partner at 10 DESIGN said, “To realise CR Land’s vision, the design team created an ‘Experience Central Square’, which marks the nexus of the river and mountain geometries that surround the site. This large central hub becomes the active heart of the masterplan unifying 4 neighbourhoods and providing a vibrant retail and cultural destination.”
The ‘Experience Central Square’ offers a series of cultural programs such as an art and performing centre and outdoor multi-purpose venue. Such engagement of experiences will allure visitors to spend good quality entertainment time at the venue. This in turn will generate footfall supporting the Duty Free Mall, retail high street, and F&B outlets throughout the development.
Miriam Au Yeung – Project Director and Partner at 10 DESIGN further expanded, “In addition to the ‘Experience Central Square’, the energy of the city centre is ignited by the diverse mix of amenities including the Central Green Belt – MixC Avenue, Retail Axis, Waterfront Promenade, National Pavilions, Expo and Convention Centre.
Givens added, “Sustainable design is a key driver for the master plan design. The first concept is to minimise the energy requirements through simple passive solar principles. Another goal is to reduce the reflectance and light pollution generated by the project through maximising the solid areas of the tower façades. With the proximity to the river, treating the storm water run-off through bio swales and abundant garden spaces is also very critical to achieving an eco-responsible design.”
Through these combined amenities and green initiatives, Hengqin MixC World will transform the island into one of the most sustainable and integrated city centres in Southern China.
ABOUT 10 DESIGN
10 DESIGN is a leading international partnership of Architects, Urbanists, Landscape Designers and CGI Specialists. The Studio works at all scales and sectors, including corporate, cultural, hospitality, retail, education and residential. We have offices in Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Shanghai and Dubai.
10 DESIGN has built its business on Asia and the emerging Middle Eastern markets, with work including projects in China, Malaysia, Korea, UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Turkey.
The studio’s major built projects include the 400,000 sqm Bay Valley Business Park in Shanghai was inaugurated in June 2014 and recently Greatwall Complex – 250m office twin tower in Wuhan was open in Oct 2016.
In the coming year, several of 10 DESIGN’s commissions will be built. They include the Photonic College in Fujian, Zhongxun Times in Chongqing, Renaissance Hotel in Changzhou, and KL Gateway in Kuala Lumpur.
In the Middle East, 10 DESIGN has recently won a Cityscape Award for the Al Barari Ashjar Residential Development in Dubai. The studio is also leading the design for Al Barari Seventh Heaven, Dubai Hills Golf Villas, Dubai Golf City, Marsa Al Seef, and a number of large scale mixed use commissions totalling some 200+ ha of development in the region.
10 DESIGN in Zhuhai
In Zhuhai, 10 DESIGN has also been very fortunate to contribute to the progressive changes of its cityscape, creating landmarks in most of the city’s districts. These include Wanchai Mixed Use Development in Hengqin; Summer International Retail Centre in Xiangzhou; The Core of Zhuhai City Heart Development in Jida; Zhuhai Hi-Technology Headquarters in Gaoxin; International Commercial Centre in Jinwan; Zhuhai Huan Cheng Centre Retail Street in Hengqin; Shizimen Gateway Bridge in Hengqin – “Infinity Loop”; and Tianmu River Bridge in Hengqin – “The Spider”.
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