foster + partners has been selected to design ‘guangming hub’, a new transport oriented development in china situated on the high-speed rail link that connects hong kong, shenzhen, and guangzhou. the proposal also integrates three new metro lines in the city and is the central focus of a masterplan for the region that aims to create a new urban destination.
‘we are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the designers for the guangming hub — a fantastic opportunity to develop a contemporary urban center with an integrated and sustainable transport hub at its heart,’ says grant brooker, head of studio, foster + partners. ‘the generously landscaped, walkable town center will seamlessly connect to a smart autonomous transportation system, combining both well-being and convenience and creating a vibrant urban focus for the surrounding neighborhoods.’
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to devise the ideal urban massing, the integrated team at foster + partners developed a set of key constraints that would influence urban growth in the region. these constraints were fed into a specially created software program, developed by the practice, which then presented an ideal masterplan. the project was then further refined and detailed in terms of integrated transport links, with the ‘guangming hub’ at its heart.
the hub is envisaged as an integral part of the city, well connected with the surroundings in the masterplan area. two major rail lines intersect at the site and the surrounding topography also serves as a significant barrier to movement in and around the site. to overcome this, the masterplan seeks to create a network of slow-moving autonomous vehicles with skybridges and shared surfaces for cyclists and pedestrians.
‘the central idea is to capitalize on the natural beauty of the site, utilizing the lush landscape to create a lively experience for visitors and locals,’ explains young wei-yang chiu, partner, foster + partners. ‘it will be a forest gateway into shenzhen. our proposals link the site with a slow-moving traffic network that provides efficient and easy connection to the hub. these shared surfaces ensure better accessibility throughout the whole masterplan area and create a platform ready for innovative transportation solutions for the future.’