The Central Plain Economic Zone Administrative Center

Discipline : urban design
Location : Zhengzhou, China
Period : 2012 - 2014
Site Area : 21,611,790 ㎡
Total Floor Area : 15,476,282 ㎡
Credit : AIA+IAA
Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, with a population of over 4 million, is an important hub linking the north-south and east-west links of mainland China. The project site, the Baisha area is located in between Kaifeng and Zhengzhou. On the east is the newly developed area of Zhengzhou, and on the west is Kaifeng, the ancient capital of the seven dynasties. In an ideal location like this, the proposed Baisha area is targeted to catalyze unprecedented development in the area. The site is a continuous stretch of urban development with a distinct atmosphere different from that of a generic city. At a national level, this area can be considered the geopolitical and communication center of China.
This proposal is based on the unique geopolitical location of the Zhengzhou New District, the core of Central Plain hinterland, blessed with a rich natural environment. Therefore, this site should ideally not be crowded with generic high-rise and density structures. With thousands of years of history and surrounded by rich flora and aquatic features, we propose a new ecological rooted in history that can seamlessly integrate in the 21st century. A city that is in perfect symbiosis with the environment interspersed with ample flora and water.
Based on the above concept, the vast and green city is designed to be the central focal point of the Central Plains Economic Zone serving a population of around 150 million. It also acts as an important transportation hub and economic development core for the nation. The idea is to become a global standard and set a benchmark of urban design for future city planning projects.
Three core areas: the Administrative Center, the Cultural Center, and the Commercial Center area are the distinct identifiers of the Central Economic Zone. The core area of Baisha is proposed to be a green city with vast green areas. At the same time, different cores will have their own unique identities.
From the Administrative Center to the Cultural Center, there is a clear axis of connection evoking an atmosphere of a grand complex of public buildings. The Administrative Center is planned on a pure geometric grid, whereas the Cultural Center area on the opposite side of the river is designed to respond to the human scale with organic landscape planning. The organic landscape planning and design surrounded by the administrative and cultural buildings, acts as an urban rest area, rejuvenates the city and projects the ‘global image’ of the city.
The Commercial Center has a wide green landscape starting with the subway station and progressing onto a series of dotted buildings. The central part has a park-like open space culminating at the axis of the Administrative Center and the Cultural Center on the north. At the same time, it’s an active node, driving and energizing the whole site.
The three cores interact with each other like magnets and unite the entire site. The constant human flow energizes the city is like a living body in motion, with an efficient and comprehensive urban pattern spread throughout the site.