An old military airport will be repurposed, renewed and reconnected to the city. This revitalizing design won the competition.

In September of 2020, the Hong Kong-based architectural firm, 10 Design, unveiled their winning scheme for China Fortune’s 243,768 square meter contemporary mixed-use destination, as part of the wider redevelopment and revitalization of an old, abandoned military airport in Nanjing, China.

The initial design scheme envisions three interconnecting buildings linked by a sunken street, incorporating office, retail, and cultural spaces.

The design strategy repurposes the property, renews it and reconnects it to the city, making it the latest large-scale example of the revitalizing 3Re Strategy (repurpose, renew, reconnect) at work.

Adjacent to a Chinese history museum on one side and a shopping mall on the other, this mixed use project will run parallel to the remaining runway, which has been kept in its original form as a historic feature.

Jointly led by two design partners, Chin Yong Ng and Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, the redevelopment has been designed with the central theme of echoing the past whilst reflecting the future for the city of Nanjing.

This important commercial asset will provide the city with a new cosmopolitan landmark; and in parallel, it responds to the cultural richness of its landscape.

With two underground railway stations embedded into the site, connectivity is one of the key design drivers.

The design includes a central corridor positioned directly on top of one of the railway tracks, providing a feature passageway for commuters to navigate through the three buildings.

The competition scheme also includes dual facades, with one facing the historic runway on a pedestrian scale and the other facing the city, with each side responding to its surroundings.

Central skylights with hallmark trees are placed across the buildings to bring natural light into the deeper levels. Atop of each building, a fully accessible rooftop garden will connect the lower floors with the outdoor space, blurring the distinction between interior and exterior throughout the mixed use destination.

The initial scheme also promotes sustainable initiatives, featuring a water plaza which collects water, a solar energy production area on the roof which generates energy to cool the building during the summer and a green environment so that plants can introduce purified air.

Nanjing was an ancient capital through six dynasties and the project reflects both this history and the future aspirations of the city.

The feature runway will be enlivened throughout the year with cultural activities and will provide an attractive public space, of which China Fortune’s redevelopment will be the backdrop.

All images courtesy of 10 Design.

See 10 Design website.

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