Project type: Urban Planning, Highrise
Status: Concept Design Proposal
Yantai Qidi Science and Technology Park is planned as a world-class environment for technological development combining high-quality offices with living and leisure. The masterplan sees work, living and social life all in one location, with buildings designed for global technology enterprises and high-quality public amenities and green spaces for a variety of different uses ranging from sports and leisure to retail and entertainment.
The key features of the design are a Central Business District (CBD), a Central Business Park (CBP), a Retail and F+B Promenade, R+D City, a central axis, an incubator plaza as well as residences.
The CBD adjoins the main roads at the north-eastern edge of the site and is designed so that passing motorists experience the CBD skyline, creating an iconic emblem for the technology park. Smaller high-quality offices are located in a park setting with additional high-rise buildings located partly towards the streets and partly in the park.
The Central Business Park adjoins the CBD to the south and stretches from the landscaped river edge on the west side towards the shopping mall at the east end. It is the green heart of the project linking the CBD, retail, residential and R&D parts of the site.
A promenade serves as a playful architectural arcade, partially indoors partially outdoors, intersecting with access points to the Central Business Park and providing many opportunities for restaurants and café, catering to the occupants of the high-rises above. To the south of the Central Business Park the Research and Development Zone (R+D) is arranged as a ridged grid layout. The grid, as a highly flexible urban typology, allows for various sizes of building configurations or saleable units: an entire block, a half, quarter or other fraction thereof. The block interiors can be either public “pocket parks” or private company gardens.
The central axis is as a 50m wide boulevard through the project that starts between the two high towers, the entrance gate, and ends at the incubator plaza to the South. This boulevard links all parts of the project together and is one of two main routes through the plan. The Incubator plaza is the creative centre in the southern part of the development, a freeform shaped, spectacular landmark building, surrounding a central plaza.
Residents cross the CBP to reach the “entertainment plaza” in parcel 1A. Higher-standard apartments are arranged in a ring of taller buildings, with normal standard apartments in lower buildings the centre. The overall massing of the buildings aims to define a distinctive urban quarter that appears self-contained from all directions. As one passes by or through the site, the skyline shifts, revealing new views and corridors.