A new mixed-use development in Shanghai aims to embrace green living with a design that includes layered terraces of greenery and a significant public square that provides eco-friendly benefits.
Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with landscape architects SLA has unveiled designs for the first phase of the The Springs, which is currently underway in Shanghai.
Inspired by a style of traditional Chinese landscape painting called shan shui, the Danish architecture firm crafted the buildings in the image of the dramatic, mountainous landscapes found throughout rural China. Trees and gardens will grow on top and around the stepped towers to create an immersive urban oasis of green.
Developed for real estate company Tishman Speyer, The Springs is located on a 66-acre plot in Shanghai’s Yangpu district and will incorporate a mix of residential, commercial and retail. With a proposed 40% green ratio and a 33-acre wetland eco-park next door, the planned development embraces green living in both its surroundings and its design.
At its core, Henning Larsen designed a series of terraced high-rises layered with greenery and clustered around a green public square to create a sheltered microclimate for improving air quality, reducing noise pollution and promoting natural light.
“We wanted to create a protected environment in this city centre that contributes to the potential for this development to become a new focus that generates and attracts public life in uptown Shanghai,” said Claude Bøjer Godefroy, design director and partner at Henning Larsen. “We understand sustainability in broad terms. It is important to offer people an environmentally friendly surrounding while at the same time developing a building that stages human interaction.”
According to Tishman Speyer, The Springs will feature LEED Gold certification for the Core & Shell of the first phase. Public health will be promoted through a pedestrian-friendly design that boasts abundant open space and excellent transportation infrastructure.
The Springs development broke ground 12 July 2018 and is slated for completion in 2020.
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