Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have been selected along with Tom Leader Studio to design the urban core for the Xiong’an New Area, China’s model city of the future. The winning scheme was selected from 12 finalists representing 10 countries, resulting from an international competition of 200 entries. The SOM and TLS scheme ultimately prevailed for its “global vision, world-class standards, sensitivity to Chinese heritage and culture, and innovative approach to urban design.” Located 100 kilometers southwest of Beijing, the new economic zone is home to important wetland ecosystems such as Baiyangdian, the largest freshwater lake in Northern China. The first phase in the region’s economic transformation will cover 38 square kilometers, with 26 square kilometers designated for urban development.
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