Chinese/German Eco-Park / gmp Architekten

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An ecologically designed city quarter for living and working is currently being developed in ’s , on the coast of the Yellow Sea, to plans by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The construction of the Chinese/German Eco-Park in Qingdao goes back to an agreement between the two countries, which was signed by the Federal Ministry for Economics and the Federal Ministry for the Environment during Angela Merkel’s state visit in July 2010; it is scheduled for completion in 2015. More images and project description after the break.

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With support from the German Society for Sustainable Building (DGNB) and Transsolar Consultants, gmp developed a list of criteria and measures integrating the highest possible proportion of regenerative energy sources into the master plan: in addition to wind and water power, as well as geothermal energy, the Eco-Park focuses particularly on solar energy. The conditions for this are very good in Qingdao as it has an above-average number of days of sunshine.

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With around ten square kilometres, the size of the new urban quarter is almost that of the Berlin Mitte district. The site extends from a mountain ridge in the south to the bay in the northeast. In their design, the architects mirror the landscape features of Qingdao – its rock formations and green plains. The new development features eight quarters which resemble individual rock formations and, with their soft contours, form flowing nature corridors. The short distances between the quarters, the mixed uses and the density and type of buildings, which are up to eight storeys high, support energy conservation in this urban development.

Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: Qingdao, China
Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke
Project Leader: Johann von Mansberg
Team Members: Maarten Harms, Björn Homann, Jing Xue, Philipp Buschmeyer, Fernando Nassare, Christian Machnacki, Thilo Zheme, Jan Deml

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Chinese/German Eco-Park / gmp Architekten" 10 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Camilo Castro

    Another eco-masturbation Made in china

  • Daniel Blanco

    My problem with the proposal its that it just wants to look natural but it doesnt seeks to remedy the problem of new urbanisations in new grounds in a truly sustainable way

  • Claus

    I am very confident in the work of GMP and Transsolar. As long as the constructor stays the course, this project has a good chance to actually be sustainable and not only look green on renderings.

  • sui

    I would rather bunch these properties and create a large connected green area so that fauna can move around undisturbed by humans and cars