Dalian Commodity Exchange Plaza, Dalian, China
Dalian is the main commercial port of Northeast China, situated on the Laiodong Peninsula along the Korean Bay. The Dalian Financial Center master plan serves as link between the major seaport to the North and the rapidly expanding residential and recreational areas to the South and West. The Central Business District is composed of ascending office towers that line the western edge of the site, surrounding a pedestrian only commercial area. The Financial District is crowned by the two dynamic towers of the Dalian Commodities Exchange Plaza located at the southern edge of the site. These towers spiral up in a gesture of economic growth and prowess. The towers also overlook the turtle-shaped Xing Hai Square, which is the largest ocean front plaza in the world, and offers spectacular views of the mountainous regions to the east and west of the district.
China Central Television, Beijing, China
PJAR was one of five international architectural firms selected to participate in a design competition for China Central Television. The complex was designed to be Beijing’s focal point, and has been set on a site of man-made hills and lakes. This artificial landscape appears as a “Living Garden” in the heart of Beijing. From several islands within the lake rise six distinctive structures: “The Island of Thinking,” a spiraling administrative office tower of metal and glass; “The Island of Feeling” a smoothed, curvaceous shaped hotel; “The Island of Seeing” is the News and Broadcasting studio consisting of two angular shapes braced against one another; “The Island of Listening,” a conical shape resembling a television, theatre and concert hall. Crossing the garden is the Central Services Building, which connects all buildings and is the trunk of movement, centralizing all the roots of the garden.
New Carrollton Park, New Carrollton, Maryland
New Carrollton is slated to become the first large-scale transit-oriented development in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The project consists of 5.5 million square feet of new development on 39 acres centered adjacent to the New Carrollton Metrorail, Amtrak and MARC stations. Teaming up with nationally renowned real estate company, The Peebles Corporation, PJAR Architects put together a course of action and design for the transit-oriented development as a framework for the State of Maryland. The conceptual vision for the project at New Carrollton Metro Station entails redevelopment of parcels owned by WMATA and the State of Maryland to create a high-density, mixed-use project that will make New Carrollton appealing to commuters as a destination for living and retail rather than just a transportation hub. New Carrollton Park would serve as a regional model for creative redevelopment to reposition under-utilized public land into sustainable, mixed-use projects contributing to employment, quality of life and economic development.
Octyabrskiy Buisness Park, Kiev, Ukraine
The Octyabrskiy Business Park is a master plan development consisting of six towers with an interconnected podium in Kiev. The scheme is primarily an office park with a small eight story hotel as support. The irregular shaped site is currently occupied by an unused brewery and is located along the main loop roughly five kilometers from the city center. With a fifteen meter change in elevation from one end of the site to the other, the business park is split into two separate plazas. The lower plaza is public and anchored by a 30 story tower nearest to the main intersection of two major highways. The upper plaza is more private and has direct access to the hotel spaces. There are five levels of parking below grade with nearly 100,000 cars.
Yeni Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
New Istanbul is part of an ongoing renewal and land rehabilitation act enacted by the Turkish government. Located 25 kilometers from the city of Istanbul, New Istanbul promises new hope for up to 200,000 residents and workers, offering a healthy and safe living condition for all ages, cultural and social groups. Conceptually, the ability to master plan an entirely new city affords the opportunity to bring long-range planning to its highest level – allowing for infrastructure and neighborhoods to be retrofitted and upgraded in a systematic fashion with a maintenance oriented approach. The “Silk Hills” concept was incorporated into the design process by thematically linking various business districts to historic cities on the great Silk Road. Like the ancient Silk Road, this collection of districts provides commerce, culture, art, and leisure to the people of New Istanbul.
Rompetrol Headquarters & Park, Bucharest, Romania
Erste Group Immorent (real estate and development specialists) solicited Costas Kondylis and Partners and PJAR Architects to develop schematic plans for a new “Smart City” and Corporate Headquarters for Rompetrol in Bucharest, Romania. The smart city development will be used as an anchor for future urban expansion and growth of an area in Bucharest which has a prime location to both the downtown and the new Northern Business District. The focal point on the main public square is the triangular shaped 27 story Rompetrol Headquarters building that has a smooth glass double façade that warps and bows as it rises above the plaza. The tower is surrounded by 8 to 12 story office buildings and 4 to 6 story residential buildings that are treated as curved articulated volumes that interlock to form visual corridors.
Shanghai Auto Park, Shanghai, China
The master plan is based on linking Shanghai Auto City to the whole of the Jia Ding – Ah Ting area by several modes of public transportation, which will be the initial means of transport to this area. The public transportation system will connect the future Formula One Race Track, major railroad line, and the city of Shanghai. This design, as an eco-friendly recreational environment, will feature the promotion of education, innovation and exhibition focusing on the automobile industry. The design modifies the existing 78 hectare flat farm land by creating a multi-faceted ground plane, which would be visible from the surrounding landscape. The hills and slopes will create opportunities for showcasing the various auto showrooms and test track in addition to surrounding and cradling the internal lake. The hills also enclose several recreational features and provide a dynamic natural backdrop to the high-tech Auto Museum and the Convention Exhibition Center.
McKinley Center Master Plan, Manila, Philippines
Covering some 64 hectares, the program lays out what is in effect a small city. This master plan is to be built in the New Fort Bonifacio District of Manila in one if several defined development zones.
Close to Ninoy Aquino International Airport and 2 kilometers from Makati, this development will be reached by road and light rail and include residential towers, offices, hotels, a theme park, country club, retail mall and chapel. Arnold Palmer will be involved in the design of the18-hole golf course.
Port America, Washington, D.C.
The great public squares of Europe and the waterfronts of the Mediterranean inspired the design of Port America’s riverfront esplanade. The stretch of the riverfront, looking southeast at the inner harbor of the Potomac, is to be an active social center.
Stores and restaurants will be housed within the first two floors of the five-storey masonry-clad buildings. Activity from these establishments will overflow from within the continuous single-height arcades on to the 45 foot wide granite-paved pedestrian walkway along the river’s edge. The upper three stories of the buildings will contain residences.
At the center of the development, located along a 90 degree bend in the river, is a grand crescent-shaped courtyard, with a café constructed on a deck at the shoreline.
Client: James T. Lewis Enterprises
Chong Min Island Master Plan, Chong Min Island, China
The four main themes of this master plan are: bio-technology, bio-leisure, bio-agriculture and bio-eco-housing.
The importance of the Yangtze River and existing water uses in the peninsula are reflected in the central canal corridor, which uses the flowing pattern of water and surrounding land forms to structure the master plan.
As the canal flows east, slowly changing from formal to natural, the nature of the built and developed changes with it. Formal structures and spaces give way to informal spaces. Canals flow south from the corridor and the meet the Yangtze River, terminating in marinas, a ferry terminal, a conserved and enhanced fishing village, and new village settlements. These canals are structured to form key visual corridors extending from the central urban areas.
Water will be naturally purified through reed beds. Locks and wind generators will facilitate control of eastward saline water flow into the canal system, and the control of water levels.
Client: Shanghai Modern Agriculture Development Co. Ltd.
Area: 8,470 hectares
Associate Architect: Studio BAAD