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BDP to create new landscape within ancient walled city

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BDP has won a competition to design a new town square, streets and public park in the walled city of Nan Tou in Shenzhen, China

A lotus pool with waterfalls, interactive fountains and a reflecting solar pool is designed to provide a symbol of regeneration for the site which is an important gateway to the city.

Pedestrian activity will take place along the current city wall, built in 1394. According to the architects, the project will become ‘the point where the old world and new world meet’.

As well as new landscaping, the practice will also help restore historic buildings and spaces in the area.

BDP director Nick Edwards said: ‘Nan Tou is a hidden treasure with a proud and important history. It contains many valuable built and natural assets, has characterful streets and spaces, is largely free from vehicles, and has the potential to be a great place in which to live, work and spend time. This project presents a tremendous opportunity to incrementally repair the buildings, public realm and open spaces of the city in away that respects its heritage and the needs of its people.’

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