TOWNLAND in association with the Guangzhou Panyu Institute of Urban Architecture Design was invited to participate in an International Design Competition to undertake the urban design of approx. 127 ha of land surrounding the existing Tram Line 1 and the proposed MTR Line 10 Station west of the City Centre of Suzhou. The Project aims to create a comprehensive mixed-use sub-centre for the Yangshan Sub-District.
To emphasize the physical and visual importance of the ‘Gateway into the Project, a number of landmark angular towers have been proposed around and above the MTR Line 10 Station. The Gateway will act as the Town Centre of the development. Uses will include: high-rise offices; hotels; service apartments; a convention centre; a multiplex shopping mall; specialized retail outlets; restaurants, bars and nightclubs. An ‘Education & Knowledge’ pillar for the development includes three International Schools and a Chinese School. Residential ‘Living’ has been arranged in nine different high-end clustered neighbourhoods across the Site. Each neighbourhood has direct access onto an open space corridor with the design introducing a series of interconnected angular open space corridors that traverse the development linking the two major open space parks on either side of the Site. A hierarchy of spaces for ‘Recreation’ helps differentiate various levels of use and stimulates interaction between residents and visitors. ‘Sustainability’ is achieved through the use of smart High Tech innovations, and flexibility & creativity in urban design.
Overall, TOWNLAND’S Vision for the Yangshan Xiugu Smart City is to create an up-market integrated residential development that is underpinned by International Education and Eco-Tourism. The development will provide for a vibrant, safe and secure, ecologically sustainable and modern lifestyle, with International standard educational facilities, public and civic amenities and places for leisure and recreation.