UNStudio’s mixed-use Raffles City development is located near the Qiangtan River in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, located 180 kilometres southwest of Shanghai. With a city population of 1.69 million, Hangzhou is one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China and is well known for its beautiful natural scenery, particularly in the West Lake area.
According to Ben van Berkel, “The philosophy behind the Raffles City concept is to integrate mixed use in an urban context, but in such a way as to give this concept a twist; by focussing on where the urban context meets the landscape of the city. In the design of the towers the urban element of the project twists towards the landscape, whilst the landscape aspect, in turn, twists towards the urban context, thereby effecting the incorporation and consolidation of these separate elements in one formal gesture.”
Raffles City Hangzhou is due for realisation in 2012. After four years of planning and construction, it will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting views both to and from the Qiantang River and West Lake areas. Raffles City Hangzhou will provide a total floor area of almost 300,000 square metres.
UNStudio’s Raffles City in Hangzhou will be CapitaLand’s sixth Raffles City, following those in Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Bahrain. UNStudio’s Raffles City Hangzhou incorporates retail, offices, housing and hotel facilities and marks the site of a cultural landscape within the Quianjiang New Town Area.
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The Eurohypo Aktiengesellschaft of Frankfurt, Germany, and Topos – International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design are holding the International Urban Landscape Award (IULA) competition again this year in search of exemplary urban design projects for sustainable development in Germany or the United Kingdom. Taking place for the third time, the competition seeks to contribute towards sustainable ways of securing and advancing the quality of life and economic activity.
This time round, the prize is divided into two categories: Category A, which honours ground-breaking, newly-built or redeveloped urban architecture, and Category B, which recognises initiatives, concepts, designs or research projects in the field of sustainable urban development. Both categories come with a cash prize of €25,000.
Further information and the obligatory project form can be downloaded at www.topos.de
Closing Date: Entries must be received by 3 September 2009
Patrick Barkham of The Guardian reports