Proposed on a 4.3 million square-foot, this mixed-use development by Trahan Architects is located in the historic city center of Zhengzhou, China, the capital and largest city of the Henan province, with a population of 8.6 million. The city is currently experiencing a rapid re-development under an ecological approach. This scale master plan labeled “The Rise of Central China” is implementing a two part initiative: ecological and infrastructural development.
The ecological development focuses on the surrounding natural resources of Zhengzhou , which varies between forest park, scenic areas, wetlands/reserves, rivers/lakes and urban green space, while the Infrastructural development prioritize a concept of the “Logistics Industry”. The proposed design combines a hotel and live/work areas ( at the top part) with the retails (at the base). In order to maximize the usage of corners of the site, the hotel and live/work program are located in the corners, surrounding the rest of the project elements.
The green boulevards flow into and up the edges of the site to create a green urban space at the mezzanine level. Envisioned as an entertainment level, patrons can enjoy amenities and an elevated view of the city. The retail base steps down in plan and section for greater connectivity to the adjacent urban edges. The gradated triangulated façade reinforces the corners and programmatic relationships from floor to floor.
Courtesy of Trahan Architects