Zhengzhou Mixed Use Development is to serve as an integrated hub for the import/export of goods and mass transportation which connects the east and the west. The project site is located in the historic city center which is the primary shopping district just north of the main train station and just south of the People’s Park (a large public park). The Erqi Monument resides to the south west of the site and is the primary tourist attraction in Zhengzhou. The monument is a 27 floor double pagoda dedicated to a worker strike that occurred February 7, 1923.
Challenging the conventions of this particular typology, the proposed design blends the hotel and live/work top with the retail bottom. In order to maximize and prioritize the corners of the site, the hotel and live/work program are rotated over the corners to frame the exterior/interior of the site. The green boulevards flow into and up the edges of the site to create a green urban space at the mezzanine level. Envisioned as an entertainment level, patrons can enjoy amenities and an elevated view of the city.
Pulling inspiration from the terraced rice field morphologies of the Henan province, the design blends the hotel and live/work towers with the retail podium. Boulevards are carved into the edges of the site to create a green urban plaza at the mezzanine level. Envisioned as an entertainment level, patrons can enjoy amenities and an elevated view of the city.