Work begins on new Chengdu city centre
Published on Oct 5, 2010
Signaling the growing influence of China’s inland cities, global architecture, engineering and urban design practice RTKL, announced the groundbreaking of the first phase of Pearl River New Town, an 80-acre district in Chengdu that will form the heart of the city’s westward growth and modernization.
Located in the Wenjiang District along the banks of the Jiang’an River, the entire site is conceived as a fabric woven together by public streets, pedestrian paths, and bridge connections. The inspiration for the design came from Chengdu’s history as a leading center for the production of brocade cloth. The fabric design, with its flowing lines and rich colors, is a metaphor for the architecture: a place that weaves together a variety of uses and experiences, and a mix of old and new.
The centerpiece of the plan is a 110,000 SM, four-level shopping mall, which will be anchored by an Ito department store. The mall will be open and airy, with generous natural light, a central court, and green roof that will connect to a 35-story Class A office tower.
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