Benoy is excited to announce the firm has won the international competition for the COFCO Joy Breeze project in Suzhou, China, beating strong competition from several leading design firms. The win marks another appointment by COFCO for Benoy following the Joy City development in Hangzhou, China. The scheme is located in the centre of Suzhou’s Xiangcheng district, a busy central yet residential area where the entrance to the city’s planned future central park sits nearly.
Spanning a total GFA of 300,000m2, the mixed-use project brings together a retail mall, retail streets, public transport hub and parking facilities. Benoy’s design subsequently is a retail, recreation and entertainment hub which emphasises its diversified offer through the variety of its spaces. The scheme is instantly recognisable for its network of balconies, rooftops, public squares, retail streets and boxes. The various sections are linked by a multi-level thoroughfare that runs through each floor and ensures the scheme can be navigated as a whole.
Through the openness of its design and the multiple entry points and extensive street frontage, the Joy Breeze development also integrates with its surrounding urban and natural environments and the nearby residential areas. As a transport hub, the project is located close to Metro Line 4’s Longdaobang Station and includes a bus station terminal on site. The development is due to start construction in 2019. Source by Benoy.