International design firm Benoy recently won a design competition for Greenland Group's Greenland GIC, a mixed-use development to be located at the heart of Chengdu, China. Commissioned by China’s second-largest property developer, the 21.25-acre site design is spread out across six plots of land at a major intersection of the Western Chinese city. The design was selected in part for its solution to the challenge of a restricted central park, which has been integrated as one of the core elements of the winning scheme.
The Greenland GIC mixed-use masterplan design includes five residential towers, three commercial towers, serviced apartments, hotel, retail podium, and outdoor pedestrian shopping street. Approximately a third of the high-density development will be reserved for residential development. A large green space sits at the core of Greenland GIC and is flanked by several elevated pedestrian walkways and futuristic glass skyscrapers.
“Instead of allowing the brief to restrict our creativity, we sought to create a commercial value which would far exceed the nature of the park as a standalone entity,” says Richard Tang, Divisional Director and Design Leader. “The masterplan and architectural design eventually evolved to become an epic narrative about crafting a modern city lifestyle for Chengdu’s new urban elite.”