Creative Zone / UNStudio


UNStudio teamed with ARUP to win a competition held by the People’s Government of Yanqing County, Municipality and Institute of Architectural Design.  The proposal is the design of a creative zone on the edge of the River that compresses open space and an economic zone by weaving nature with the urban fabric.  The open spaces will provide  residents with the ability to enjoy the peace of the greenbelt while still being in proximity to the local stores and shops.

More about the project after the break.


With the help of their sustainable building consulting firm, ARUP, the project will incorporate many eco-minded design features along the banks of the river. The greenbelt will also become a showcase for experimental projects and emerging design practices. Meanwhile the shops and craftsmen will operate on the basis of the four clusters of a product’s life cycle – ‘think, develop, produce and sell’, and will create their wares on site, rather than ship them from some remote factory.





As seen on Inhabitat

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Creative Zone / UNStudio" 07 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • archilocus

    The project seems to be as blury as the program.

  • laar

    The understanding of creative clusters seems odd to me. In the design description, the creativity is sought as a commodity that has a life cycle – “think, develop, produce and sell”… Can the creativity be really streamlined into a simple process for producing? I doubt it. Therefore, I also doubt the architect’s role in planning a creative zone.

  • bpv

    lollipop land? I feel like the trees should be made of gumdrops.

  • knulp

    their entry was much more interesting on how UN Studio mixed and interpret the program. Please when showing architecture projects don’t reduce everything to images.

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