WAN Awards 2015


WAN Mobile
WAN Mobile
Previous Next

Dawangjing District urban model, Beijing, China

Tuesday 16 Feb 2010

A very different Central Park

SOM and Crystal CG 
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 1

Add comments | More comments

23/02/10 Schaller, Cologne
It is obvious, that an urban structure as shown in this project can never be sustainable-compare it to the Forster project Mastard and you understand the difference between a serious, sustainable and comrehensive approach and show business.


SOM innovates with sustainable city solution 

The Chicago and China offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) have designed an urban model which introduces a sustainable 'engine' in the form of an energy producing Central Park. Showcasing integrated solutions for energy, water conservation and transit systems in Beijing’s Dawangjing District, the SOM plan, which won an international competition to guide Wangjing’s redevelopment, would use the park to passively heat and cool the district.

Strategically positioned just over 11 kilometers from the Beijing Capital International Airport, the proposed district of public parks, cultural venues, and landmark high-rises would be a new global gateway for the City. The plan proposes to passively heat and cool many district buildings, reducing the need for water-consuming cooling towers. The park would anchor the surrounding high-density, mixed-use development, including a cluster of landmark office and residential towers.

Peter Ruggiero, AIA, SOM Design Partner said: “We saw this project as a demonstration. It offered us the opportunity to present new ways of thinking about reduced carbon footprints in cities. Our solution is an integrated comprehensive approach to urban design, architecture and the environment.”

The Wangjing District is currently composed of high-density residential projects with little commercial support. The new plan is designed to support up to 1,500,000 sq m of potential future development built in phases to provide a vibrant, mixed-use hub. It sets a goal for 80 percent of resident and worker journeys to be made by public transit, bicycle, or walking. Transit stations are proposed on the M15 subway line to enable quick and convenient access to the airport, while a comprehensive network of bicycle lanes would reduce automobile traffic and congestion. Additionally, a streetcar network is proposed to eventually link all districts together.

Beijing Chaoyang District Planning Bureau is the client and the team collaboration was led by Beijing R&F Properties Development Co. Ltd.

Key Facts

Status Concept
Value 0(m€)
Were you involved in this scheme?
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

More projects by this architect

One World Trade Center

Polestar Tower

All Aboard Florida

The New School

Pertamina Energy Tower

More Projects

Latest Jobs in Beijing

Senior Design Project Manager - Hospitals


Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site