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Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Mixed Use Development News
11 August 2021
Design: 10 Design
Location: Nanjing, China
10 Design’s Scheme for a Transport Oriented Retail Destination in the Old Nanjing Military Airbase Secures Planning Approval
Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Mixed-Use Development Design
International architecture practice, 10 Design, has released new plans for one of the largest transport-oriented retail destinations and most complex developments in Nanjing. In 2020, 10 Design won an international design competition to transform developer China Fortune’s 243,768sqm site into a contemporary mixed-use project. In June 2021, the Nanjing Planning Bureau granted planning consent for the project, which is part of the wider redevelopment of the historic Nanjing Dajiaochang military airbase in China. The scheme is an evolution in design of transport-oriented developments to create a high-quality retail environment that fully integrates with the rail network and the extensive public realm.
Jointly led by two Design Partners, Chin Yong Ng and Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, the scheme envisions the integration of retail while preserving the 2.6km airport runway which has been kept in its original form as a historic feature. The runway will be reimagined as a multifunctional cultural boulevard that doubles as a green pedestrian axis. The development involves three interconnecting buildings, incorporating a shopping mall, retail, cultural and office spaces along with a boutique hotel. Adjacent to the Nanjing Cultural Palace, this mixed-use project will run parallel to the remaining runway.
With two underground railway stations embedded into the site, connectivity is one of the key design drivers. The design includes a central glass box corridor with key entrances positioned directly on top of one of the railway tracks, providing a feature passageway for commuters to navigate through different levels of the scheme. All three buildings are connected via an underground retail spine and street-level pedestrian walkways: the pedestrian bridges provide further connectivity between the two shopping malls.
The coherent building façades echo the local culture through their metallic brick-shaped features that reference the adjacent Nanjing Cultural Palace and traditional ceramic façades. The façade pattern reflects the ancient city wall of Nanjing built in the early Ming Dynasty, further enhancing the historic and cultural connection to the city.
One of the challenges of the restrictive site was to maximise the pedestrian flow from two underground railway lines to the retail areas. It was resolved by creating a large underground ‘retail spine’ that connects and sits beneath the three main buildings on the site.
A series of sunken plazas extend out to the street level, punctuating the ground level and bringing natural light into the subterranean areas. The basement retail area is an impressive double height space of up to 9m – a unique underground space with natural light that would normally only be achieved at ground level.
The redevelopment of the airbase has been designed to echo the past whilst reflecting the future of Nanjing. This important new destination will provide the city with a cosmopolitan landmark, which in parallel responds to the cultural richness of its location.
Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Mixed Use Development, China – Building Information
Name: Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Mixed Use Development
Location: Nanjing, China
Client: China Fortune
Scope by 10 Design: Architecture, Masterplanning, CGI
Type: Retail, Office, Culture & Civic, TOD
Site Area: 81,256sqm
10 Design Team
Design Partners – Chin Yong Ng, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk
Project Leaders – Ren Wen
Architectural Team: Jin Chen, Tem Wu, Almudena Lacruz, Xue Ai, Anthony Kan, Mujung Kang, Stephanie Mendoza, Luke O’Callaghan, Fisher Yu, Leo Liu, Jan Tang, Julius Zhu, Mary Ma, Melody Lam
Landscape Team (Concept Design): Ewa Koter
CGI Team: Peter Alsterholm, Yasser Salomon, Henry Han, Adisak Yavilas, Lulu Guo
10 Design – Lead Design Architect
PINHOLE CO. LTD – Interior Designer
ECADI – Local Architect
WSP – MEP Engineer
ARUP – Structural Engineer
ALT – Façade Consultant
Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl – Landscape Consultant
About 10 Design
10 Design is an international architecture and masterplanning practice with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Edinburgh, Dubai, Miami, London, Shenzhen, and Singapore. Founded in 2010, the architectural practice has designed and delivered work in 60 cities across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Americas. 10 Design has won over 80 international awards and major design competitions.
Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Mixed Use Development images / information received 110821 from 10 Design
Location: Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China
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