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The Luchao Harbour City

Luchao Harbour City - Shanghai

Homepage: http://www.shharborcity.com/

Video: http://www.shharborcity.com/Harbour_Web/fr...n/yxjj/movE.wmv (15.6MB)

Designed as one of 11 satellite towns in the new round of Shanghai urban planning, Luchao Harbour City is situated in the south-east corner of Nanhui District, about 30 kilometres away from the island Yangshan Port, 55 kilometres from downtown Shanghai, 30 kilometres from Pudong international airport and 10 kilometres from Shanghai's outer expressway.

Luchao Harbour City will be built in high standard as a world-ranking modern harbour city. Based on the Master Plan by Von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Architects (Hamburg), adopted by Shanghai Municipal Government, it will be a combination of European style and "Shanghai-style" and also bear the characteristics of a southern Chinese town.

Focusing on water, the design defined the city as an ecological and coastal city with a maritime culture. In the centre of the new harbour city, there will be a large circular lake basin with a diameter of almost 2.5 kilometres. The city extends radially from this freshwater lake and concentrically into the coastal area penetrated by water canals.

The plan of Luchao Harbour City includes three urban rings. The first ring around the lake will be a belt of administrative, commercial and cultural facilities. The second ring is a green corridor decorated by flowers and trees. The outer ring is planned as a residential area complemented with shops, restaurants, clinics and schools. Outside the outer ring, a modern traffic system will link the new harbour city with the expressway network of Shanghai.

The new harbour city will be the administrative centre of Nanhui District and the rear basis of the deepwater port, bearing comprehensive functions including container distribution and storage, offshore processing, shipping market, logistic centre, residence, financial and commercial services, amenity and tourism. A yacht club and a series of large cultural facilities including theatre, maritime museum, aquarium, etc. will be established on the two islands in the lake.

The first phase of the city construction began in 2002 and will be finished by 2005. The number of inhabitants in the city at that time is expected to be 80,000 -100,000. In about 20 years the city will host a population of 300,000 inhabitants.

The Shanghai New Harbour City Investment & Development Co., Ltd. was founded by the Shanghai Tongsheng Investment (Group) Co. Ltd. and the Nanhui Land Reservation Centre in April 2002, with a registered capital of 1.3 billion RMB (157 million USD) and the responsibility for the development of the harbour city.

The above-mentioned projects, together with the existing Pudong international airport and the forthcoming highway, railway and magnetic suspended train, present a picture of a huge logistic centre in the near future on the east wing of Shanghai, reflecting Shanghai's dynamic growth and self-assertiveness in a world economy in which China is going to take an ever growing place.

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Maritime Museum with Youth Centre and Library

New Town Luchao - Shanghai

The solitaire-type structures of the Maritime Museum, the Youth Centre and the Library are combined to form a homogenous overall complex with the help of the uniform use of shapes and materials.

Arcades, footbridges and open beams form the design elements that, in an overall play of light and shade and integrating the water and green areas, lend the complex of the three different functions a mutuality in their design.

Centrally placed between the Library and the Youth Centre, the Maritime Museum with its expressive roof shape stands out distinctly and independently against this formal overall construction. Two light roof shells, facing each other and overlapping, which in the broadest sense evoke in the observer the idea of a maritime shape and an analogy to a "sail", create the identity-forming landmark of the Museum that is so decisive for the overall character of the complex. The large, hall-like space below this roof construction is intended for the exhibition of large, ancient ships that have been assessed as being valuable to cultural history. Here they will be made accessible to the general public.

The entwined "sails" stand freely on a pedestal in which all the functions of the Museum are accommodated. Spacious open staircases are inviting places to linger and bear an immediate relation to the landscaped open spaces.

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It seems this kind of mass building projects is pretty popular now with Dubai's developments and now the Luchao Harbour City. I personally am not a fan of this kind of development because it is really a city inside of a city.

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It seems this kind of mass building projects is pretty popular now with Dubai's developments and now the Luchao Harbour City. I personally am not a fan of this kind of development because it is really a city inside of a city.

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