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Avanti wins China steelworks revamp

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Avanti Architects has won the contest to design a 22ha heritage-led regeneration project in Chongqing municipality, China

The AJ100 practice beat an international shortlist, including one other unnamed UK practice, to win the enormous 630,000m² redevelopment of a disused 1930s steelworks into a museum and creative hub.

Under Avanti Architects’ proposals, the sprawling plant in the Dadukou district will be transformed into a new industrial museum and business park, set in a landscaped ‘industrial garden’.

A series of sheds and brick-clad chimneys will remain on the site while industrial cranes, rail tracks, water troughs and floating gantries will be incorporated into the new museum. A new-build element will provide controlled environmental conditions for the storage and display of objects and for the attraction’s main vertical and horizontal circulations.

The workers’ gate will become a main entrance, the former canteen is earmarked for a tea house and a new axial route is planned, plus a dramatic flight of steps named after the country’s leader during the industrialisation, Mao Zedong.

Commercial offices, retail and residential are also planned for the development while a gasometer on the site will be converted into a business hotel.

Individual buildings are expected to include passive energy measures and the scheme aims to reduce embodied carbon by retaining existing buildings.


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