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Yanrong Gao

Yanrong Gao

Toronto, ON, CA

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Calxon · Times City

Role: Principal Designer/Team Leader;   

Site Area: 120 Ha.;     Ground Area: 1,940,000 sq. m.;     FAR: 1. 62;     

Design Time: Dec. 2009 ~ Jul. 2011;    

Award: “2013 Asia International Habitat Environment Prize” by Asia Housing and Environment Development Association (AHEDA) & Asia International Residential Human Settlements Association (ARSA).

 The project is located in eastern China port city, Qingdao, north of the city, northwest of Licang District, with advantageous location and easy accesses to transportation. Planning areas include Shangwangbu Village, Dongwangbu Village and Taoyuan Village as reconstruction lands. East part is adjacent to Dragon Hill, west part is part of Tiger Hill, and the central area is surrounding Shangwangbu Reservoir and the planned city park, with urban green axis connecting the two hills from east to west across the land. The entire planned land is 140.16 hectares. The northeast, north and northwest parts are high, and central part sinks and is downward to the south, with large differences in elevation. Tiger Hill is spreading downward into the site, and Dragon Hill is inserted into the site as fingers.

Project is a large-scale mixed-use planning including high-end residence, resettlement & affordable housing, urban centered commerce, educational facilities and other supporting service facilities. Among them, high-end residence includes townhouses, garden houses, and high-rise apartments.

Planning concept: Green and Modern City
Expansion of community park core area; Penetration of community park to the north and south sides; Forming an ecosystem for sustainable development; Hierarchically rational distribution of commercial service facilities; Based on economic and social benefits, reasonable layout of the resettlement and new communities.

Based on the overall planning concept and the hillside scenery, learning the texture of original villages formed by the history, considering the hill & water elements as the soul of the community landscape, we integrate the topography, landscape and architecture in the design, so as to show a colorful combination of landscape and architecture.

In the Block D1 of Phase II, we penetrate the northern city park to south, introduce a tortuous tributary of the water in the park to south along the green belt. With a lively and rhythmic layout, the waterfront modern high-rise residential towers moderately step down from the outside to the water and enjoy fully the water scenery. The water ends in the center of the block into an open lake, becoming the landscape center of the whole block, and close to the main entrance on the west side of the block, community service center and other facilities. The design of the rest parts conform to the terrain, with the ring road winding uphill and the buildings along the road elevating successively, layer upon layer, highly and lowly scattered, and savor the city's wild forest.

Based on the similarity of the local north coast’s topography and climate, the British, French and Mediterranean styles are introduced in the design of low-rise townhouses and mid-rise garden houses, thus providing active diversity of the tastes of residents to choose unit types. The townhouse styles include England, Normandy and French Pastoral; according to their different characteristics and the adaptability to the landscapes in each part of the site, while taking into account their geographical locations in Europe, the three styles are reasonably arranged in the three low-rise areas from west to east, respectively.

 
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Status: Under Construction
Location: Qingdao, CN
My Role: Principal Designer/Team Leader
Additional Credits: Principal Planner: Zheng Shi; Team Leader: Coco Lin; Design Director: David Stavros.

 
City Background & Site Analyses
City Background & Site Analyses
Design Concept, Master Plan & Analyses
Design Concept, Master Plan & Analyses
Detailed Planning & Architectural Design of Phase II & Block D1
Detailed Planning & Architectural Design of Phase II & Block D1
Perspectives
Perspectives
Construction & Completion Scenes
Construction & Completion Scenes