RTKL win competition for Dongli Lake
Multi-discipline firm RTKL has recently won first place in the Dongli Lake Competition. The competition was joint-sponsored by the Tianjin City Planning Bureau and Tianjin Dongli District Government, and challenged four top global design firms to develop a master plan for the 85 square kilometer Dongli Lake site. This achievement comes on the heels of another major competition win for RTKL, the National Art Museum of China expansion project in Beijing.
“We envision a multi-faceted and sustainable built environment,” remarked Greg Yager, a Senior Vice President in RTKL’s Shanghai office. “Our scheme would enhance the existing spaces in old town Tianjin through strategic infill, landmarking and wayfinding, and also freshly imagine a new town of Lingang. The interplay of these two districts would define and reinforce the overall ecological waterfront experience and unlock the true value of Dongli Lake.”
RTKL impressed competition officials by showing how the municipality could capitalize on natural strengths to better serve the burgeoning business, tourism, and civic needs of greater Tianjin and neighboring Beijing. The master plan calls for an international conference center and summit house, an executive training center, a healthcare-focused resort and a variety of recreational facilities.
Competition officials also praised RTKL’s approach to sustainability. The master plan emphasizes transit-oriented development, features a riverfront eco-focused living district, and takes advantage of Tianjin’s geothermal resources to facilitate specialty spa and resort experiences of unparalleled quality. In addition, the plan organizes all public functions along a waterfront “eco tour,” which will prominently celebrate civic activities and festivals along the water’s edge throughout the year.
Having won first place in the competition, the RTKL Shanghai office has been asked to proceed forward with a regulatory plan and design guidelines for the Dongli Lake site. Over the next few weeks, the team will be meeting with the municipal government and local institutions to elaborate upon the framework established in their plan.