The prominent natural conditions of the Chongqing area served as inspiration for the 13.8 hectare Chun Sen Bi An master plan. 3000 units of housing enjoy sweeping views and direct access to the waterfront and sloped river banks. A formal axis in the center of the site represents the urban, public realm of the project, pulling the pedestrian flow from the city down to the river. This axis is animated by a grand flight of steps that echo the traditional street-stairs of the region. Retail shops are located on both sides of this central spine, adding to the lively urban character of the space. In contrast, an informal path, representing the more private and intimate realm of the project, meanders across the site from east to west. This smaller route echoes the winding, ancient pedestrian path between the docklands and the upper town that has been used for hundreds of years.
Contributions: Co-design of car showrooms, retail, office, promenade, and associated landscape
Photography: © Paul Dingman