Benoy to redevelop historic Nanjing site
Vibrant mixed-use destination planned for Yangtze riverbank
Benoy has been appointed to redevelop a new mixed-use destination on the banks of the Yangtze River in Nanjing. Working with developer MCC Real Estate Group, a former ice storage warehouse dating from 1915 is set to be regenerated as part of a wider masterplan for the location.
Qin Pang, Director at Benoy, stated: “We are incredibly excited to be working on this significant industrial regeneration project which will become one of the largest commercial developments in the area once completed. As designers, how we respect the hundred-year-old heritage of the site whilst introducing innovative retail, culture and hospitality offerings has been an exciting opportunity.”
Retaining the original form of the historic buildings, Benoy will insert modern blocks and create a cultural plaza at the heart of the site. A refined architectural expression on the sides facing the street will be offset by the introduction of more playful cubes. Through careful placement of the additional buildings, the design follows a specification in the brief to preserve local views of the original structures.
The firm’s portfolio includes other regeneration projects, including HARBOUR CITY’s Gala Avenue Westside in Shanghai, the David Jones Flagship Building in Sydney and TSUM Department Store in Kiev. Quin commented: “Nanjing is evolving and our design reflects the vision for the city - revitalising under-utilised developments and creating vibrant new destinations.”
Construction on the 114,000 sq m development is due to begin later this year.