Pelli Architects wins approval for 'green' mixed-use project
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects recently presented city officials the plan for Jingui Li mixed-use neighbourhood being developed by SPG Land. Jingui Li is designed to be a major component of Taihu New City, the district that is fast becoming a new centre for Wuxi. Envisioned as a model for sustainable, livable cities, Jingui Li will be primarily residential, with an emphasis on outdoor public spaces. Six distinct neighbourhoods will offer living options ranging from low-rise buildings along canals to high-rise towers with park views. Pelli Clarke Pelli has designed the development’s key elements such as the signature 60-storey hotel tower; a retail centre with a lush planted 4.5-hectare rooftop garden with walking paths and fine dining; the pedestrian bridge from the retail building to Jingui Park; and the Ellipse - a six-building residential and clubhouse complex. Sustainability will be a design priority of the mixed-use scheme. More than 90% of the 27-hectare development site will remain open green space and there will be an extensive storm water management program. In addition, all buildings will incorporate high-performance technology. Construction for the 770,000 square meters project may begin as soon as 2011. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed some of the world's most recognisable buildings, including the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. The firm’s work in China includes Shanghai IFC and the Beijing World Financial Center.