Steinberg Architects, an international design firm, recently announced they will manage the design of the extensive Changsha Songya Hu mixed-use project in China after winning an intensely competitive bid process. Key aspects of the project include a waterfront business district, an entertainment district, and an ecological model community mixing residences and green public spaces. More images and project description after the break.
Set in the scenic outskirts of Changsha, a regional metropolis with 7 million residents located on the Xiang River about 400 miles north of Hong Kong, Changsha Songya Hu will develop 7,000 acres. The total building area is 80 million square feet — the rough equivalent of 30 Empire State Buildings spread across a 3-square-mile area. Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan Province, is also the birthplace of Moa Zedong, architect and founding father of the People’s Republic of China.
They are honored to join the talented team that’s developing the Changsha Songya Hu project. This new landmark in Hunan Province will gracefully integrate many public and private spaces in harmony with the local landscape. They are eager to realize the vision of Changsha Songya Hu as an ecological, vibrant and livable community of international distinction.
Final plans for Changsha Songya Hu remain in development, but generally call for the project to be developed in three phases. The first phase will include the Ecological Business District and High Lake Waterfront; the second phase is high end, low-rise residential; the third phase incorporates the high density, mid- and high-rise towers. Steinberg Architects will finalize plans by June so that landscape and public-area construction can begin this year.
Steinberg Architects will design Changsha Songya Hu for development partners Aptech and Songya Lake Company. The design’s total land area is 3 square miles; the total usable land area is 2 square miles. Changsha Songya Hu includes 63 million square feet of residential space, 5.5 million square feet of office space, 4 million square feet of commercial space, 1 million square feet of hotel space, and 1.5 million square feet of community space.