Nanhu New Country Village Master Plan

Project Facts
  • Design Finish Year 2011
  • Size Site Area: 1,140 hectares Building Gross Area: 2,230,000 square meters
  • Awards
    2013, Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2016, Charter Award, Congress for the New Urbanism 2014, Innovation in Green Community Planning Award, American Planning Association Northern California Chapter 2013, Merit Award for Urban Design, AIA California 2013, Paulson Prize for Cities of the Future, The Paulson Institute 2013, Architecture of Necessity, Virserum Art Museum 2013, Best Chinese Futura Mega Project: Bronze Winner, MIPIM Asia 2013, Spark Spaces: Silver, Spark Awards 2012, Merit Award for Urban Design, AIA – Hong Kong Chapter
  • Collaborators
    Christopher Grubbs Studio Swa Group AECOM - Arlington Sherwood Design Engineers Michael Reardon
Project Facts
  • Design Finish Year 2011
  • Size Site Area: 1,140 hectares Building Gross Area: 2,230,000 square meters
  • Awards
    2013, Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2016, Charter Award, Congress for the New Urbanism 2014, Innovation in Green Community Planning Award, American Planning Association Northern California Chapter 2013, Merit Award for Urban Design, AIA California 2013, Paulson Prize for Cities of the Future, The Paulson Institute 2013, Architecture of Necessity, Virserum Art Museum 2013, Best Chinese Futura Mega Project: Bronze Winner, MIPIM Asia 2013, Spark Spaces: Silver, Spark Awards 2012, Merit Award for Urban Design, AIA – Hong Kong Chapter
  • Collaborators
    Christopher Grubbs Studio Swa Group AECOM - Arlington Sherwood Design Engineers Michael Reardon

Across China, rapid urbanization is radically diminishing agricultural landscapes. SOM’s Nanhu New Country Village Master Plan furthers the nation’s farm-reform goals, bringing a modern approach to integrating agriculture and urban development into a village setting. The award-winning design consolidates and reorganizes farms so that the new village can increase in density without putting additional stress on farmland.

Of the 1,100-hectare site, more than 700 hectares will be maintained as working farms with produce that will help feed the nearly 80 million residents in the region’s mega cities. Ecological features throughout the site will detain and infiltrate stormwater. To improve the quality of run-off, terraced wetland basins will further treat the water before emptying it into canals. Walkways along the terraces will make this water purification system an amenity to be enjoyed by all.

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