Major riverfront transformation planned for China's traditional Southern capital
A key 7km, 460 acre swath of Yangtze River waterfront in central Nanjing is soon to be transformed from a collection of former brownfield sites into Nanjing Hexi – a mixed-use extension of the city’s downtown. The design by SWA Group, won through an international design competition, will include a 185 acre Yangtze EcoPark at the convergence of the Yangtze, Jiajiang and Qinhuaixin Rivers featuring a major mixed-use development with an eco-hotel, shopping, housing and office space. There are also plans for a 62.5 acre Art Park featuring an international art museum from a world-class architect to attract 3m annual visitors and a 12.5 acre site to include a Yangtze River Anthropology Museum.
The 160 acre Hexi Plaza will be the cultural epicentre of Hexi Riverfront Linear Park including a Hexi Performing Arts Center with facilities for entertainment, retail, residential, office and waterfront experiential activities. Alongside this will be a 42.5 acre Waterworks Park featuring family-entertainment, urban agriculture, tea follies, tourism and educational aspects. Nanjing Hexi aims to become one of the world’s great urban riverfronts by attracting people through amenities of beauty, recreation, culture and commerce.
It will also accommodate Nanjing’s continued growth as the capital of Jiangsu Province and the largest commercial centre in this region of China. Scott Slaney, principal of SWA Group in Houston and design-team leader, said: “The plan also addresses larger regional and national objectives including natural resource preservation, environmental regeneration and sustainability, economic vitality and social equity while maintaining flood protection and celebrating the beauty and history of the Yangtze River.”