Dickson Rothschild prepared a master plan and vision for Zhou Zhan New District in Harbin, China that incorporates public spaces, revitalises existing waterways, creates new water activities, provides a range of residential options to service people with different requirements and establishes a commercial heart with a hotel and commercial towers, and retail.
In a culturally collaborative fashion, Dickson Rothschild incorporated both natural and functional elements into one conceptual masterplan that was inspired by the mythical Chinese Dragon. It stands for activity and happiness, immortality and long life, nobility and richness. Climatic considerations, in particular the extreme winters where the average temperature is -14°C, informed the internalisation of the commercial core focusing on an extensive commercial complex with weather protected pedestrian bridge spanning the water way.
The development is designed to service young executives wanting a central urban lifestyle, people wanting to live closer to landscapes and gardens, and families wanting larger lots with water views and garages. The shopping area provides a highly active retail environment with distinct architectural designs differentiating it from other developments.