work by Jeffrey Till while Design Director at Woods Bagot
City of Hangzhou, China
Hangzhou, like many growing Chinese cites, has embarked on a new CBD Plan which lies outside it's traditional center. This project is the first step towards implementing the core, high density areas within that new CBD, and specifically addresses urban design elements needed to create arrival and transit nodes, creating a fine grain, multi level mixed use environment.
The work was undertaken with the Ager Group in Shanghai, to bring a strong sense of landscape design to the initial concepts, including the use of canals and bridges which have a long history in Hangzhou.
Keys areas of focus for implementation are a sunken plaza which brings subway riders into retail and workplace buildings, a "southern gateway" for vehicles entering the CBD, and the northeast perimeter canal and related parks, which will be built first.