SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City

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In an international design competiton for the rapid development of satellite cities along Chinese high speed rail corridors, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill‘s Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan has just been named the winning submission.

Aerial view of SOM's competition-winning Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan (Image: SOM)

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Aerial view of SOM’s competition-winning Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan (Image: SOM)

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The winning SOM plan leverages the economic and lifestyle assets of the Beijing-Tianjin corridor by centering the new environmentally friendly district along the high-speed-rail line linking the national capital to the port city of Tianjin. The city expansion will host 17.6 million square meters of mixed-use development, with a focus on providing a premier headquarters location for advanced industries in the dynamically growing Bohai Rim, a region that already accounts for more than a quarter of China’s GDP. Continue reading

Winner of the Tianjin Samaranch Memorial Museum Competition

An collaboration between Architect,  Landscape Architects and Engineers yields an innovative and transparent  environment  celebrating the 2008 Olympics in form and features  from bustler 

Brooklyn/Copenhagen-based HAO / Holm Architecture Office in collaboration with Archiland BeijingKragh & Berglund landscape architects, and engineering consultants Cowi Beijing, has won first prize in a competition to design the Samaranch Memorial Museum in Tianjin, China.

Competition-winning design for the new Samaranch Memorial Museum in Tianjin, China

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Competition-winning design for the new Samaranch Memorial Museum in Tianjin, China

Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain was the president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001. Throughout his presidency he advocated for reform and inclusion and was a strong supporter of China’s bid as host city for the 2008 Olympic Games. Tianjin, a city of over 12 million people in northwestern China near Beijing, was the site of several Olympic events. The new museum and memorial will both highlight Samaranch’s professional history and look to the future, offering space for rotating exhibits of contemporary art and culture.

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