The site is framed by Zhongshan East road to the south and Houtang River to the north. The team envisaged the development as an archipelago of islands rising out of and energised by the river. The arrangement of these ‘island’ buildings encourages unrestricted movement around the development at the ground level and offers a unique street level experience.
The masterplan is organised as an urban oasis with sheltered communal spaces nestled between the North and South buildings. Through the east to west orientation of the development are public spaces and parks to ground the buildings in their natural environment. All the elements are tied together by a feature platform on the second level which provides a vehicle free connection between the towers and offers access to elevated views out towards the Houtang River, Ming Lake and surrounding parks.
The project is sited at a convergence between Ningbo’s urban southern edge and the natural setting of Houtang River. Feature bridges connect the office towers, forming a gateway between the plots and further unify the plots into a cohesive development.
The team’s proposal for the development integrates three office towers with heights ranging from 33 to 69 m tall, nine residential towers from 44 to 70 m and two retail pavilions that face the Houtang River. There are two storeys of underground parking. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2024.