People’s Government of Yanqing County, Beijing Municipality, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design
Yanqing, Beijing, China
Building site area
Creative Zone Masterplan
Competition entry 1st prize
Beijing, China, 2009
The Beijing Creative Zone represents the urban typology needed for a new open learning environment in 'Urbanity in Nature'. The design for the Creative Zone encompasses compression on a dual scale; the greenbelt and the urban fabric. The urban fabric of the edge is formed by the interweaving of two distinct yet highly interconnected strips.
In the creation of an Architectural Park, ateliers and pavilions are organised on the basis of the Chinese garden's emphasis of 'One View Per Step'. The parkland becomes an international showcase of experimental projects and emerging design practices. By implementing the four clusters of a products life cycle ‘Think, Develop, Produce and Sell’ as a continuous loop of activity, one creates a platform for all steps of the process towards product sales.
UNStudio Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with Markus van Aalderen, Yi Cheng Pan and Mieneke Dijkema, Ren Yee, Clarissa Alfrink, Megan Ng, Maud van Hees, Wendy van der Knijff, Jae Young Lee