First Prize for AS+P for the new Ningbo Hangzhou Bay South Town
With its urban planning and architectural study for “Ningbo Hangzhou Bay South New Town”, on May 21 the team in AS+P’s Shanghai office emerged the victorious winners in the international competition for a sub-center focused on culture and commerce and covering approx. 1 square kilometer.
Alongside Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing, Ningbo is one of the leading cities in the Yangtze Delta. The “Ningbo Hangzhou Bay New Zone (HBNZ)” is really stimulating life in the region and is felt to have immense potential, not least thanks to a new 35km-long bridge across the bay linking Ningbo to Jiaxing and by extension to Shanghai . AS+P has already developed various masterplans for this region. And now the proposal put forward by the AS+P team for the “Ningbo Hangzhou Bay South New Town”, which is located in the center of the district, has been chosen by the competition organizers at the “Ningbo Hangzhou Bay New Zone Development and Construction Management Committee”. The committee invited three renowned planning offices to advance the existing masterplan, which is primarily structural in thrust, to form a comprehensive vision for the new town.
The AS+P concept emphasizes a cultural backbone that runs along the canal from the Museum as the anchor building in the North through to the opening onto the southern shoreline of the lake. The new spine is flanked by two mixed-usage quarters featuring landmark buildings and their own North-South axes as well as an eye-catching gate complete with the station to the elevated metro line . The chessboard-like pattern to the urban planning is given a leisurely feel by varying sizes, volumes and the inclusion of unbuilt spaces. Toward the lakeside, the planning takes on a decidedly human scale, the underlying grid becomes more organic, and a modern leisure-time and shopping district evolved, similar to the Xintiandi in Shanghai, supplementing the lake-side cultural offerings.
The AS+P proposal stands out for the balance it strikes between an identity-fostering design and feasibility as well as a powerful and harmonious image. The concept makes full use of the advantages of the location and creates an airy, inspiring magnet ideal for living and working all along the shoreline of the lake.
The other companies competing were the Shanghai office of One Design Inc and Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute Co., Ltd., which is attached to the distinguished Tongji University.