China-Taiwan Cross Strait Forum and Central Business District

Pingtan, China
client: Pingtan Comprehensive Planning Bureau of Experimental Zone
type: opera house, forum, exhibition centre, hotels, serviced apartment, retail
area: 930,000 sqm
service: architecture, master planning, landscape, sustainability, CGI
award: i) Elected be one of the Creative Architectural Design by Housing and Urban Construction Department of Fujian Province. ii) One of the 2012 Fujian Construction Science and Technology Achievement Project
Pingtan is planned as a new commercial hub to drive communication and commercial trade between China and Taiwan. Part of the competition for the design of the Cross Strait Forum included a theatre, convention, exhibition, and auxiliary commercial and cultural facilities. The detailed masterplanning of the 93 hectares waterfront Central Business District was awarded to IO, following success in the international design competition.

IO Landscape professionals teamed up to develop a conceptual master plan that anchors the site's unique location which opens to the China Sea and creates a symbolic gateway. The strategy is aimed to create green connections with distinctive urban zones that have different balances of urban vibrancy and ecological sustainability.