Beijing Central Business District Expansion
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) was awarded the contract to create a stunning new Central Business District (CBD) in Beijing. The project will integrate into the existing downtown urban district and will improve the transportation infrastructure while introducing energy-efficient buildings and green public spaces. Also, the plan provides a framework for new sustainable growth that would result in eliminating 215,000 tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent of planting 14 million adult trees. Located in the heart of Beijing, the Central Business District (CBD) has emerged over the past decade as China’s primary global business address and is now poised for an eastward expansion that will almost double its size.
“The scheme submitted by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is very mature. … The connection with the original Central Business District has been considered in the design of
green systems, business facilities, underground development and road systems, to show an integrated area. The design also considers the city’s density and massing and also pedestrian-friendly and comfortable spaces to create a vital city life“, said Wang Qingfeng, Chief of the Planning Administration Division, Beijing Central Business District Administration Committee.
SOM’s plan for an expanded Central Business District (CBD) in Beijing calls for the establishment of three new zones anchored by signature parks and green boulevards. Express commuter rail service would link the area to the Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing South Station, while a new street-car system would serve all zones within the CBD. The scheme also features a network of small, walkable blocks to encourage pedestrian and bicycle travel.