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SWA wins Nanjing Hexi riverfront design competition

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SWA Group has won a design competition for the redevelopment of a 7km stretch of riverfront in China’s southern capital, Nanjing

The Nanjing Hexi project seeks to transform into a cultural destination its 186-hectare (460-acre) urban waterfront along the Yangtze River. Detailed design work will begin in July, with construction anticipated to start in 2011.

Scott Slaney, principal at the practice, said: ‘Nanjing Hexi has the opportunity to become one of the world’s great urban riverfronts by attracting people to it as an amenity of beauty, recreation, culture and commerce.

‘The plan also addresses larger regional and national objectives including natural resource preservation, environmental regeneration and sustainability, economic vitality and social equity while maintaining flood protection and celebrating the beauty and history of the Yangtze River.’

Nanjing Hexi also plans to host China’s first international museum of fine art.

The city dates back 2500 years and is one of China’s most ancient metropolitan centers, used for centuries as a southern capital.

To kick-start the growth of wetlands thousands of strips of man-made ‘bio-film’ will be planted along the river’s edge in small floating islands. 


The project includes:

— a 75-hectare Yangtze EcoPark at the convergence of the Yangtze, Jiajiang and Qinhuaixin Rivers that will include a major mixed-use development with  eco-hotel, shopping, housing and office space;

 –a 5 hectare site to include a Yangtze River anthropology museum;

— a 64-hectare Hexi Plaza which will be the cultural epicenter of Hexi riverfront linear park including a Hexi performing arts center and multiple facilities for entertainment, retail, residential, office and waterfront experiential activities;

—a 17-hectare waterworks park featuring family-entertainment, urban agriculture, tea follies, tourism and educational aspects.

— a 25-hectare art park featuring an international art museum from a world-class architect to attract 3 million annual visitors, and would include associated museum lofts. 

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