a plane of reference:
BAU474 Nanjing Zijin Gaochun Science and Technology City

Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China





Urban design and planning


Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China




Control planning approved. Stage one detailed design commenced.


Nanjing Gaochun Housing and Urban-Rural Development and Construction Bureau


New district design

a plane of reference

Gaochun is one of seven districts of the provincial capital Nanjing. Although situated 70 km south of the capital, the new freeway and light rail are enabling stronger ties and are fueling rapid growth. This 5sqkm urban expansion is one of Nanjing’s twenty planned Technology and Science Community (TSC) districts, or technopolises. Its innovation potential is strengthened by its proximity to the adjacent industrial district and to a planned university campus to the east of the site. Being situated along the northern edge of Gu Cheng Lake makes it an ideal location for more than just hi-tech work places – this is a place for a complex and rich but specialized city.

village preservation
The first design decision was the preservation of the largest village on the site; maintaining the smaller settlements was not an option for the client. While this maintains some historical reference in the new city it also offers an urban spatial texture not provided by the demands of the contemporary city.

ecological network
Water networks on the site were preserved and the larger wetlands maintained. These combine with additional green links to form a continuous park network within a 5 minute walk (400m) of all parts of the site.

public transport scale (TOD – LTA)
The site was then divided into five local transport areas (LTAs), approximately 800m x 800m. Public Transport (PT) routes were then centred in the LTAs, ensuring a 5 minute walk to public transport within each LTA. The future metro runs through part of the site touching the main PT east–west spine, with a metro station positioned at the centre of one of the LTAs.

community structure
The LTAs are made up of four neighbourhoods (approximately 400m x 400m), and each neighbourhood is made up of four mosaics of sub-culture (200m x 200m). This community structure provides a rich and complex set of city scales that provide a sense of place and a sense of belonging to the community.

hierarchy of roads
The highest traffic volume roads have been situated at the perimeter of each LTA to remove the need for people to cross major roads in their daily life. Central to each LTA is the commercial network which is attached to public transport. Other roads are designed as green quiet streets for living and or working.

small blocks
Like water rippling in a pond, one set of streets run parallel to the lake edge. The other set of streets run perpendicular to these avenues and produces a legible street morphology, with most of the perpendicular streets having a water view. A block size of between two and four hectares was selected in an attempt to balance market demands with urban design ideals. The market’s ideal is mega blocks to maximize development area. The urban design ideal is a smaller block providing a permeable (walkable) city with and even distribution of road traffic loads, an increase of building perimeters along streets, and an expansion of the public realm.

integrated land-use and networks zoning
To achieve a fine grained distribution of living and working programs across the site a continuous network of each program has been developed. The areas where these living and working land-use zones overlap one another are zoned hybrid (living-working) zones, maintaining a degree of flexibility to absorb the variance in demand caused by a cyclical development market. While hybrid land can be utilized as either living or working according to market demand, a minimum amount of each is maintained.

The commercial and retail network is situated along either side of the public transport network. As the city matures, its local retail, entertainment and support services will be free to emerge along these routes bringing these programs within a convenient 5 minute walk to all residents of the city.

no undies hanging on main street
The east-west spine is seen as the public face of the district and is zoned for predominantly office and laboratory functions with service oriented street edges.

public open space – a fractal distribution
Each scale of community structure (LTA, neighbourhood, and mosaic of sub-culture) is provided with a park and a plaza. This develops into a system of fractal public open space distributed throughout the entire city. All these spaces are linked by the green street network.

public programs
Public programs have been distributed across the site according to population density, walking distance and access to public transit and parks. Vegetable markets, supermarkets, hospitals, sports centers, community centres, schools and kindergartens are attached to the fractal open spaces.

city form + sunny active edges
Height controls are driven by the need to protect solar access to the commercial network’s active street edges during winter lunchtime hours. These height controls also protect public open spaces, including the fractal open space network, from excessive overshadowing.

The networks of land use extend to the waterfront, bringing a diverse array of both ecological and urban areas, passive and active uses, and business and mixed residential programs to the water’s edge, piers and jetties. A necklace of public buildings take prime locations along this foreshore.

environmentally sustainable design – esd
Urban scale initiatives include a city scale sustainable urban drainage network, based primarily in the green network. A reduced dependence on travel and travel in private vehicles is enabled by the integrated live-work zoning and by the convenient distance (max 400m) to public transit. A combined services duct running along the central spine of the city and branching out to various extremities provides for ease of monitoring and future proofing for smart green technologies. A central green services plant for combined heat and power CHP plant is proposed for each of the LTAs.

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an excessive minimalism:
BAU478-A U-Park Incubator, Shang Qing Huai, Nanjing

more Piazza Navona than Levittown
BAU618 Tianyou Experimental Primary School and Kindergarten, Suzhou

clarity and unpredictable adjacencies:
BAU119 Jinqiao Sports & Leisure Centre

landscape, urbanity, networks, the suitcase, and the paper-bag:
BAU592 Qingpu Zhaoxiang Sports Park, Supermarket + Hotel

more than a frozen moment:
BAU659 ZOOM OASIS, Linkong Perimeter Super Block

look! up in the sky!
BAU210 Shanghai Hongxuan Office Building

Made in China, no question – Invented in China, of course:
BAU588 You-Du R+D Development, Jinqiao, Shanghai

a hybrid infrastructure:
BAU679 Yuandang Bridge

large plains, small grains, and the in-between:
BAU686 Longgang Arts Centre, Shenzhen

on reflection:
BAU674 Qingpu Performing Arts Centre

Place, typologies, programs, and public life:

more than just a technopolis:
BAU206 Hangzhou Xiasha New City Centre

a second network embracing history, smalllness, and complexity:
BAU193 Chengdu West New District

a park for everyone and everyone in their park:
BAU189 Hongqiao Park

disorder – not randonmness but beyond order:
BAU182 Chengdu East Village

mosaics of teaching, networks of learning:
BAU149 Huai’an Tertiary Education District

walled cities within a walled city:
BAU147 Xi’an High-Tech Precinct CBD

co-existence without incompatibility:
BAU138 Jiangxi Xinyu Networks City

space-time conflict:
BAU544 Shanghai University Campus

clarity and unpredictable adjacencies:
BAU119 Jinqiao Sports & Leisure Centre

Journeys AND destination, not just destinations:
BAU569 Nanjing Youfu West Street Primary School

continuous loops and internal courts:
BAU603 Suzhou kindergarten no. 3

weaving and stitching:
BAU616 Jiangyin Greenway Loop (stage 1. Eastern Segment)

a constructed and cultured topography:
BAU269 Jindi Green Land Club

it takes a village to educate a child:
BAU602 Suzhou Sci-tech City Xizhu Kindergarten

city typologies, cultural traditions, contemporary theories, and spaceships:
BAU600 Shanghai Qingpu Newtown 30-class Primary School

artificial plateau:building more site:
BAU599 Shanghai Qingpu Newtown 24-Class Junior High school

it is the least we could do: minimalism in an environment of expressionism
BAU584 Hangzhou Tonglu Office Building

more Piazza Navona than Levittown
BAU618 Tianyou Experimental Primary School and Kindergarten, Suzhou

classrooms AND the in-between: teaching and learning beyond the classroom
BAU610 Taizhou School

other institutions for this new century:
BAU604 Qingpu District People’s Court

building the unfinished:
BAU003M The Victorian Pride Centre

minimal AND maximal:
BAU583 Exhibition Pavilion Gaochun, Nanjing

small in scale large in monumentality:
BAU027 Wyndham Mausoleum

multiple rooms of difference:
BAU253 Shanghai Qingpu Renheng Yunjie Entrance Garden

active cultural edges, passive natural centres:
BAU402 Shanghai Qingpu Qin Yuan Lake Park

intimate, cool, sheltered and lively:
BAU268 Xinqiao Commercial Street + Shop Housing

formal teaching and informal learning:
BAU540 Gaochun New District Kindergaten to Year Nine School

an exercise in robustness:
BAU333 Jiangyin Huifu Office Tower

effortless complexity: learning from water-town:
BAU222-2 Shanghai Qingpu Zhujiajiao Commercial

no longer but not only:
BAU213-3 Jindi Yunhu Market

actualizing the virtual:
BAU 213-2 Jindi Yunhu Sports and Activity Center

geometry, history, art, craft, iconography, and pragmatics: an exploration of intention, coding, narrative, and meaning
BAU021 Olinda Green + Public WC

there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in:
BAU015 Jan Juc House, Victoria, Australia

BAU009 house in the sky

surreal adjacencies:
BAU019 Marymount Residence, Guest Accommodation, Stable + Office

mini-city of culture:
BAU590 Nanjing Pukou Haiqiao Community Service Center

keeping a low profile:
BAU 214 Suzhou Qingshan Hotel Phase I

positive space, human scale, and a blue-green net:
BAU213-1 Jindi Yunhu Housing

dis-integrated guest houses :
BAU495 Pine Pillow Retreat

don’t look at me, don’t look at me:
BAU436 Nanjing Jiangning Demonstration Kindergarten

new buildings, old topography:
BAU424 Suzhou Qingshan Hotel Phase 2

defining the perimeter, programming the centre, inhabiting them both:
BAU238 Town Plaza, Xinqiao, Jiangyin

turning outside-in:
BAU199-2 Wuxi Fudi Forte Parktown Sales Pavilion

beyond PODS, networks, and nodes:
BAU552 Chengbei Urban Design project, Nanjing

podium and bill(ding)board:
BAU547 Nanjing Yaxi Town Central Hospital

inner sanctuary, outer crust:
BAU546 Nanjing Gaochun Qiqiao Hospital

an excessive minimalism:
BAU478-A U-Park Incubator, Shang Qing Huai, Nanjing

a plane of reference:
BAU474 Nanjing Zijin Gaochun Science and Technology City

rips in the fabric by place:
BAU461 Nanjing Tangshan Tourist Resort South District

other ideas of hospital:
BAU446 Fuding Hospital

architecture AND terrain:
BAU445 Suzhou Hi-tech District Cultural Center

crust: in-between and on the edge
BAU426 Shaoxing Jianhu Keyan Tourist Resort Planning

eco urbanism:
BAU425 Chongqing Eco Valley City

BAU348 Kunshan Hyper Complex

beyond the picturesque:
BAU347 Kunshan White Pagoda Park

don’t just re-use the typology, improve it!
BAU310 Hangzhou Changbanxiang Housing

building a community not just housing:
BAU302 Shanghai Ludi Baoshan

upside down program – ‘private’ circulation becoming ‘public’ circulation:
BAU254 Shanghai Wai Gao Qiao Culture Centre

extra-large private space as public space:
BAU199 Parktown, Housing, Fudi Forte, Wuxi

BAU197 Jindi Sanlin Pavilion

BAU191 Wuhan Cuiwei Housing

urban camouflage:
BAU227 Hangzhou Sports Centre

the resort at the end of the yellow dirt road:
BAU543 Emerald Village at Soul Bay

critical regionalism and abstraction:
BAU487 Nanjing Yaxi Citta-Slow

hospital for the ill, health care for the healthy, aged care for the elderly: BAU469 Zhaoxiang Hospital

tear open the package: BAU247 Qingpu NGS Supermarket

urban sponge:
BAU324 Cixi Commercial and Culture Center

lyrical islands in pragmatic seas:
BAU530-1 Nanjing Gaochun Transport Interchange – Stage One

fractured enormity:
BAU281 Chongqing Huarun

ring roads AND peripheral parks:
BAU243 Shanghai Ring Park

simple box OR 3 points in space – you choose:
BAU204-2 Ningbo Wanda Office

many utopias:
BAU129 Xinhu Pearl City Housing Development

a close family:
BAU125 Zhejiang Power Company HQ

stretching, squeezing, bending, trimming:
BAU550 Huanglong Xigu Urban Design

BOTH networks AND objects:
BAU497 Wyndham Cove Eco Sub-urb

ethics, democracy, difference:
BAU470 Towards a Socially Sustainable Canberra

warp and woof:
BAU460 Jingzhou Museum

sustainable technologies for clean living:
BAU396 Nanjing Residential

network of learning:
BAU341 Yushanwan School

not in galleries, but a way of seeing:
BAU338 Jingqiao Ramp Restaurant

shopping sandwich:
BAU321 Jiangyin Wuxing Commercial Centre

celebrating the collective, the intimate, the sustainable, and the local:
BAU312 Suzhou School

21st century Ponte Vecchio:
BAU287 Shanghai 2010 World Expo Bridge

antidote: not another ghetto city:
BAU285 Chengdu North Central

at last …finally …some diversity:
BAU282 Jindi Sanlin Office

recycling and beyond
BAU264 Shanghai Jiashan Market

an assemblage of difference:
BAU256 Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center

streets as shelters, bars as amphitheaters, landscapes as playgrounds:
BAU235 Jinqiao Community Bars

reduce, reuse, recycle:
BAU220 Shanghai Sculpture Space

binary oppositions defining a field of operation – all we wanted was a park:
BAU122 Xiamen International Exhibition Centre

the hotel as microcosm of the city:
BAU018 Marque Hotel

…very strange:
BAU016 Penny Lane

the beautiful and the extraordinary:
BAU013 Hopetoun Bush Resort

a dynamic yet stable vehicle:
BAU510 Suzhou Tram Co. Headquarters

BAU486A Docklands Park, Yangtze River, Jiangyin

innovation both inside and out:
BAU433 Zhangjing Nobel Lake Park & Network

exquisite corpse
BAU416 Genetic City Caofeidian

landscape becomes urban design becomes architecture:
BAU390 Duolan Dong Dong Mixed Use Complex

BAU386 Symbiotic City

repetition and difference:
BAU384 Kunshan Pavilions

no longer drowning – waving:
BAU339-2&3 Suzhou Creek Promenade

yet another point of view:
BAU339-1 Suzhou Creek Serpentine Park

ordinary not heroic, symbolic not monumental:
BAU318 Hangzhou Xiaoshan Government Headquarters

woven threads:
BAU234 Jiangyin Arbour Park

private precincts, public networks:
BAU226 Pudong Yangjing

creative networks:
BAU224 Chengdu Fenghuangshan

maximize commuication and cross fertilization:
BAU208 Linping New City Centre