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Pazhou Mixed-Use Urban Center

Guangzhou, China

The Pazhou Mixed-Use Urban Center master plan covers 1.15 square miles and includes more than four million square meters of built space. The master plan includes the preservation and renovation of a historic village and historic port, as well as residential, commercial, and cultural uses. Existing conditions aremainly orchards, villages and small factories. Located in one of Guangzhou’s Innovation Districts, this mixed use urban center features energy-efficient office and R&D high- and mid-rises, residential and hotel towers, retail streets, convention and stock exchange center, entertainment and recreation amenities, two public transit hubs, and a ferry terminal. The plan also calls for waterfront parks, new piers and a school. The design blends the characteristics of the Pearl River waterfront and the Lingnan style with modern, sustainable features, creating a composition of buildings whose main ground plane is pedestrian-oriented with only electric public vehicles to get around. All the vehicular facilities are located below. The towers in this complex are twin towers of 350 meters. The island will be served by a comprehensive transportation that includes ferry terminals, underground transportation, bus, subway, pedestrian networks, and bike lanes. The landscaped central axis is a main focal point of the site which, along with the waterfront open spaces and green roof gardens, will provide an important public amenity.