Leigh & Orange has been awarded the design contract to provide architectural services for the first Vanke and Hangzhou Metro joint-venture Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project in Hangzhou. The project is located at the Xiangyuanlu Station of Metro Line 10 with a site area of 27,300sq.m, it contains 68,300sq.m of above ground commercial GFA and 43,400sq.m basement retail and carpark.
Appointed by Vanke, L&O’s scope of work will cover masterplanning, TOD and architecture design services. Upon completion in 2019, the TOD project will comprise four 50m tall office blocks and one retail & amenities podium with shopping streets enclosing a landmark public courtyard at the very heart of the development. It will focus on the engagement with the community, and as a result, there will be pocket space, sports playground, roof garden, urban farm and communal facilities scattered around at different levels.
With a view to encouraging the use of public transportation, this project has provided a seamless connection to the underground metro station to its west, linking up the landmark courtyard at B1 and the retail and amenities space. Kelvin Li, L&O’s Project Director said: “This transit oriented development will support Hangzhou’s vision for sustainable development hubs around key transport links and incorporate positive social, cultural, economic, and community benefits for residents and visitors in the city. “ Source and images, Courtesy og Leigh & Orange.
Article by Marco Rinaldi