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JTP Progress to Next Round of Hangzhou Competition
John Thompson & Partners is pleased to announce the practice has been shortlisted in the urban design competition for Hangzhou's Future Sci-Tech City.
The site, which is 360 hectares, is located close to the centre of Hangzhou, the capital and largest city of the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. Hangzhou is 180 km to the southwest of Shanghai and is a core city of the Yangtze River Delta.
The design brief for this strategic site included a centre of production for high-tech research and manufacturing, along with support services and residential uses clustered round a mixed use town centre.
The proposal reflects the traditional watertown typology that is prominent across Hangzhou. As pictured, the canals become primary transportation routes and serve as important links into the wider city, the surrounding hills and the wetland areas beyond the city centre. The masterplan is designed with many important bioclimatic principles that will help to cool the city in the summer and protect it from cold winter winds. JTP's proposal offers a conceptual structure of ‘one circle + four axis' with a mix of uses across the site.
JTP is one of three firms to advance to the next round of the competition, which is due to take place at the end of the month.