Beijing Finance Street

Beijing Finance Center
Beijing Finance Center
Beijing Finance Center

Ushering in a new model of mixed-use development, this masterplan for China’s new “Wall Street” established a lush and walkable corridor in the capital city’s historic center in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2007
  • Design Finish Year 2001
  • Size Site Area: 103 hectares Building Gross Area: 1,500,000 square meters
  • Awards
    2008, Mixed-use Buildings, MIPIM Asia 2008, Award for Excellence: Asia Pacific Competition, Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2008, Urban Design Merit Award, AIA California 2008, Urban Design Merit Award, AIA San Francisco 2004, China’s Top 10 Landmark Building Complexes, Development and Research Center of the Department of State, Real Estate Research Institute Qinghua University, & China Index Research Institute 2008, Award for Excellence: Global, Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2008, Best Planning Project, Architectural Record/Business Week 2008, International Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2006, Chinese Lou-Ban Award for Architecture and Engineering: National Quality Project, Ministry of Construction and The Chinese Architect Organization 2007, Chinese Lou-Ban Award for Architecture and Engineering: National Quality Project, Ministry of Construction and The Chinese Architect Organization 2008, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum
  • Collaborators
    Shen Milsom & Wilke Swa Auerbach & Associates International Parking Design Inc. Arup Fire CHS Consulting Group Gerald Ratto Photography Charles Group International Som (Chicago) FLACK & KURTZ C.S. Caulkins Co.
Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2007
  • Design Finish Year 2001
  • Size Site Area: 103 hectares Building Gross Area: 1,500,000 square meters
  • Awards
    2008, Mixed-use Buildings, MIPIM Asia 2008, Award for Excellence: Asia Pacific Competition, Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2008, Urban Design Merit Award, AIA California 2008, Urban Design Merit Award, AIA San Francisco 2004, China’s Top 10 Landmark Building Complexes, Development and Research Center of the Department of State, Real Estate Research Institute Qinghua University, & China Index Research Institute 2008, Award for Excellence: Global, Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2008, Best Planning Project, Architectural Record/Business Week 2008, International Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2006, Chinese Lou-Ban Award for Architecture and Engineering: National Quality Project, Ministry of Construction and The Chinese Architect Organization 2007, Chinese Lou-Ban Award for Architecture and Engineering: National Quality Project, Ministry of Construction and The Chinese Architect Organization 2008, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum
  • Collaborators
    Shen Milsom & Wilke Swa Auerbach & Associates International Parking Design Inc. Arup Fire CHS Consulting Group Gerald Ratto Photography Charles Group International Som (Chicago) FLACK & KURTZ C.S. Caulkins Co.

A healthier, more modern corridor

Located in the city’s historic center, Beijing Finance Street has become China’s new “Wall Street.” The vibrant district, built in time for the 2008 Olympic Games, contains a diverse mix of commercial and residential buildings and ample public space. SOM’s master plan capitalized on the city’s tremendous economic energy and addressed the resulting challenges of improving transportation and air quality.

The scale is unmistakably pedestrian-friendly, which reflects the client’s goal to create both formal and informal meeting places. A network of lush gardens, courtyards, and landscaped pathways weave between buildings and result in a walkable environment. The district is anchored by the “Great Urban Atrium,” a crescent-shaped structure that opens onto a central park.

Upon its completion, Beijing Finance Street introduced a new model of mixed-use development to China, one that signaled the region’s rising global prominence through a unique blend of commercial, residential, retail, entertainment, and open space. Bustling with around-the-clock activity, the district has become a prominent fixture within the city.


Defining visuals

Graphic elements complete the concept of this new international destination. A system of logos identifies different components, yet works together as a unifying thread woven through the development’s wayfinding signage, street furniture, advertising, and marketing collateral. Together, the graphics delineate the project as a new neighborhood and provide a sense of arrival at key locations.

Beijing Finance Street

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