Chicago architect wins Chinese regeneration scheme

The three buildings surround sunken plazas that connect with the city metro (Goettsch Partners)
Chicago architect Goettsch Partners (GP) has won a competition to design a 111,500-sq-m urban renewal project in Jinan, capital of the province of Shandong in northeast China.

The mixed-use scheme has three buildings on Honglou Plaza in the centre of the city.

The pedestrian square will have shops and restaurants, a transport hub, offices, and a museum.

In its design, GP referenced the neo-gothic Sacred Heart Cathedral next door. The buildings are arranged to create a viewing corridor for it. 

The roof of the atrium and gallery is intended to resemble a lotus flower (Goettsch Partners)

GP chose local limestone highlighted with bronze accents.

GP’s design director Paul De Santis said: “The new complex reinterprets elements of the local culture in a contemporary manner, ensuring that the architecture is unique yet cohesive with its surroundings.”

The project is currently in design, with construction scheduled to start later this year and completion anticipated in the second quarter of 2026.

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