AVIC Jinjiang Uptown

Jinjiang, China

Project Details

Under construction
Project Partners
Robert A.M. Stern
Grant F. Marani
Paul L. Whalen

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Our 825,000 m² mixed-use development in the city of Jinjiang, China, will create a variety of neighborhoods lined by pedestrian streets and retail. As Jinjiang grows, our site, currently on the western edge of the city, will soon be embedded in the urban core, challenging us to plan a townscape that can stand on its own today and lock into the fabric of Jinjiang tomorrow.

A protected view corridor between Ba Xian Mountain and Jin Yang Lake runs diagonally across the site. We used this opportunity to create a 50-meter-wide pedestrian boulevard lined with shops, taking cues from such admired precedents as Las Ramblas in Barcelona and New York’s Park Avenue. A welcoming plaza at the southwest corner greets visitors with a sculpture garden and water pavilion. Two crescent streets — the only streets open to cars on our site — connect the north to the east and one from west to south. The addition of these curvilinear streets creates picturesque views and side streets for small shops and single-story homes while observing light and air requirements.

A healthy mix of high-rise, mid-rise, and low-rise buildings, along with underground parking and limited vehicular traffic, realizes our client’s high-density requirements without compromising walkable qualities and landscaped squares key to urban place-making. Townhouses line pedestrian streets while towers punctuate major axes, creating a skyline that marks the neighborhoods from a distance. Mid-rise buildings mediate between the towers, townhouses, and single-story shops alike.

The architectural expression introduces to Jinjiang a distinctive approach that combines local and Western classical traditions with granite at the base, large windows, deep terraces. The crowns of the towers reprise the scale of the street and townhouses, unifying and reducing the apparent scale of the whole. A thread of local materials and motifs —brick and stone patterns specific to Jinjiang — weaves through the details recalling the local palette of the city while offering residents the best of twenty-first century urbanism and amenities.

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