Construction of 10 Design’s Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport Mixed-Use Development is in full swing

After won an international design competition to transform the 243,768 sqm historic military airbase site into a contemporary mixed-use project, now 10 Design continues construction.

The scheme is an evolution in design of transport-oriented developments to create a high-quality retail environment that fully integrates with the rail network and the extensive public realm.

Jointly led by two Design Partners, Chin Yong Ng and Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, the scheme envisions the integration of retail while preserving the 2.6km airport runway which has been kept in its original form as a historic feature. The runway will be reimagined as a multifunctional cultural boulevard that doubles as a green pedestrian axis.

The development involves three interconnecting buildings, incorporating a shopping mall, retail, cultural and office spaces along with a boutique hotel. Adjacent to the Nanjing Cultural Palace, this mixed-use project will run parallel to the remaining runway.

With two underground railway stations embedded into the site, connectivity is one of the key design drivers. The design includes a central glass box corridor with key entrances positioned directly on top of one of the railway tracks, providing a feature passageway for commuters to navigate through different levels of the scheme.

All three buildings are connected via an underground retail spine and street-level pedestrian walkways: the pedestrian bridges provide further connectivity between the two shopping malls.

The coherent building façades echo the local culture through their metallic brick-shaped features that reference the adjacent Nanjing Cultural Palace and traditional ceramic façades.

The façade pattern reflects the ancient city wall of Nanjing built in the early Ming Dynasty, further enhancing the historic and cultural connection to the city. One of the challenges of the restrictive site was to maximise the pedestrian flow from two underground railway lines to the retail areas.

It was resolved by creating a large underground ‘retail spine’ that connects and sits beneath the three main buildings on the site. A series of sunken plazas extend out to the street level, punctuating the ground level and bringing natural light into the subterranean areas.

The basement retail area is an impressive double height space of up to 9m – a unique underground space with natural light that would normally only be achieved at ground level.

The redevelopment of the airbase has been designed to echo the past whilst reflecting the future of Nanjing. This important new destination will provide the city with a cosmopolitan landmark, which in parallel responds to the cultural richness of its location.

In tandem with two new metro lines that run through the site, the construction of this project has progressed smoothly with three new, interconnected retail blocks rising above ground since the beginning of the year. Upon its completion, it will become a vibrant new hub for commerce and culture in the city of Nanjing. Source by 10 Design.

Location: Nanjing, China

Architect: 10 Design

Design Principals: Chin Yong Ng, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk

Project Leader: Ren Wen

Design Team: Jin Chen, Tem Wu, Jenny Po, Fisher Yu, Jan Tang, Hoey Yip, Luke O’Callaghan, Julius Zhu, Leo Liu, Trupti Nilange, JJ Saw, Xue Ai, Tipa Thiptanee, Stephanie Mendoza, Karol Kurzak, Almudena Lacruz

Landscape Team (Concept Design): Ewa Koter

CGI Team: Peter Alsterholm, Yasser Salomon, Henry Han, Adisak Yavilas, Lulu Guo

Local Architect: ECADI

Interior Designer: PINHOLE CO. LTD

MEP Engineer: WSP

Structural Engineer: ARUP

Façade Consultant: ALT

Landscape Consultant: Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl

Client: CR Land

Site Area: 81,256sqm

GFA: 243,768sqm

Status: Under Construction 2023

Images: Courtesy of 10 Design


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