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Rutherford Harvey Architecture LLP

Rutherford Harvey Architecture LLP

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Wenzhou Qi Du Island

The new masterplan for the site celebrates the ‘water city’ of Wenzhou, introducing a network of canals, pedestrianised streets and gardens that overlook the river with views towards the city centre and surrounding mountains, creating a new memorable place and destination for Wenzhou.  The three primary canals organise the site with the principle canal extended from the existing masterplan, the north canal creates the new marina park and the southern canal animates the southern residential garden.  The signature towers, 350m and 140m tall, stand as iconic beacons for Wenzhou Qi Du Island, strong in their simplicity and elegance, shimmering with glass fins mimicking the movement of the Nanxi River in the sun.  Office, Hotel and Serviced Apartments provide the commercial heart of the development supported by the retail village and mall.

Floating as lanterns in the water the retail village is a collection of 2-4 story boutique fashion stores with glass pavilion cafes and restaurants creating a destination shopping district.  Approaching the retail village, grand staircases raise people above the lower canal, flanked on either side by waterfalls, to a unique and tranquil place.  The 20,000m² shopping mall below the village connects directly to the lower canal walk, office lobby and retail village via sunken gardens. 1800 car parking spaces are accessed directly from the lower canal level allowing the retail village to remain a pedestrianised precinct.  Residential towers, 120m and 100m tall, respond to the sculptural strength of Mt Yandang, and craft of antique Cong vases.  Primary views to the south focus on the drama of the busy city while zen views to the north capture the grandeur and mystery of the mountains.  A new marina and marina park provides parking for boats, water taxi and ferry connections to the city.  The marina park is a destination for family gathering with panoramic views of the river, mountains, city and Jiangxin Temple.

 
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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Wenzhou, China
My Role: Project Design
Additional Credits: Designed in partnership with 2Define Architecture

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