client: Vanke

area: 10 ha

completion: 2015

Chen Avenue is the vibrant hub of the Gouzhuang development. The retail street is the anchor space providing the main axis linkage and point of arrival for the adjacent canal waterfront and residential community. The central plaza connects the residential entrances to the retail centre, and, echoing this spatial continuity, the streetscape is configured so that the sidewalk retail spills onto the street. Benches, trees and planters soften the edges of the space, providing a relaxing and restful environment. The signage and sculptural features render the street iconic. Paving lines and forms bring definition and visual intensity to the retail and plaza space, while also arranging function and landscape elements. Water features accentuate the intersections and gateways.