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Brits design 'new Paris' for China

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Bedfordshire-based Woods Hardwick has revealed these plans for a Parisian-style, 3,000 home development in Yantai, north east China

The 43ha mixed-use development at Beitou also includes commercial units, shops, hotel, nursery, school and a clubhouse.

The scheme was drawn up with Chinse architectural design company Jian Ke.


The architect’s view

[We were asked to design] an architecture that moved away from traditional Chinese development and adopt a more European style, with a strong preference towards the European classical heritage.

The site was allocated as a resettlement area with local constraints such as Huang Hai Sea to the north, and a major highway and mountain range to the south.

In response, the masterplan creates a central area of low rise, framed by the high rise or mountains forming distinct building groups. The road layout is planned around a two-ring system, with full basement parking for the development. There are three access points between the ribbon of low rise commercial units to the north, leading to focal point buildings and spaces. The orientation of the buildings is north-south and located to avoid overshadowing and exploit views.

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