Saving the best for last
Taihu Avenue Masterplan
Location: Suzhou, China
Client: Suzhou National Hi-Tech District (SND) Urban planning bureau
Programme:168 ha mixed-use urban design masterplan within a 248 ha urban design coordination area
The development of the central plots of the High-tech Industry Park between Suzhou’s city center and Tai Lake has been held back to reserve the “best pieces for last”. Our work proposes a development logic within the existing planning.
The focus shifts towards a “Maker City” that more than a destination where talents find jobs, but also a place where they could start their own company. The area is a highlight and a window of the Tech District along Taihu Avenue, but also a showcase for a slow traffic oriented life. The general idea to link hills and water comes to life through an inviting and poetic place for living and working.
The urban design distinguishes four neighbourhoods. A central park is the setting for the tallest landmark tower and a landscape connection with the surrounding nature and green areas. A maker’s quarter offers a vibrant cluster for innovation. Two headquarter areas offer more formal settings for offices and services and integrate existing government buildings.
Hanyang Yu, Jinyang Song, Martin Probst, Ruizhi Cao, Ruojing Wu, Yi Yu