Sustainable and environmental projects - PaoJiang, China


The project site is located in ShaoXing, a rapidly expanding town about 350 km. south west of Shanghai.  The property comprises a ‘super block’; it is 16.5 hectares in area and fronts on two main streets and is delineated by an extensive riverfront and includes a small island.  Total building area is 243,990 sq. m. of which 215,095 are Residential and 21, 084 are commercial.  Once completed, it will accommodate approximately 6,000 persons.

The overall concept for the ShaoXing QinQin Garden pays tribute to the riverfront on the west, which is the dominating landscape and visual amenity.  A central north-south spine road bisects the site into loosely defined east and west halves and connects to the island on the north side.  High-rise buildings occupy the eastern half while the western half accommodates low rise Garden Houses.  This vertical assemblage is sensitive to the riverside amenity/park and to the human scale.

The island on the north is the smallest land parcel hence it appropriately accommodates the lowest buildings and thus is dominated by townhouses. Canal walks, courtyards and waterfront belvederes are reminiscent of similar Venetian or Dutch settlements.

Open Space:

Although buildings are oriented primarily to the south for solar and daylight access; the open space system which originates on the east in large open areas  ‘flows’ westwards thought the community in a series of finger-like bands that connects to the Riverside Park.  The large open spaces at the core and the eastern half compensate for their greater distances to the river front.  In addition the Central Park feature landscape visually and physically connects to the river with a grand pedestrian promenade thereby linking the riverfront to the core of the community.

Combinations of natural (organic) landscapes as well as contemporary ones are used throught the opens spaces to interplay the never-ending ‘dialogue’ between the natural and cultural entities.

Block Concept and Creation of Pedestrian Friendly Neighborhoods:

The street tends to define blocks or neighborhoods with buildings set along the periphery, and open spaces, courtyards, pedestrian linkages and recreational amenities at their cores.  These patterns have created at least 9 distinctive neighborhoods throughout the larger community. Five (5) Garden Home neighborhoods that connect directly to the riverfront, three (3) High-rise Neighborhood Parks that occupy the central open spaces and one (1) High-rise Pedestrian Promenade/Avenue on the south east that connects to the commercial street (Paozhong Rd.)..

The Roads and Street Pattern:

The road and street patterns provide a mix of straight and curvilinear alignments to soften the often rigidity of the east-west alignment of buildings.  The central spine road and fire route crisply form the shape of the feature landscape, Central Park and add an attractive sinuous, curvilinear pattern to the road geometry.