China Southern Airport City, Guangzhou Masterplan Design, China Southern Airport City Guangzhou

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China Southern Airport City, China : Guangzhou Masterplan Design

Guangzhou Buildings, China – design by Woods Bagot Architects

16 Apr 2012

China Southern Airport City Guangzhou

Architect: Woods Bagot

Location: Guangzhou, China

Woods Bagot blitzes international design powerhouses

Global studio scoops major project and prepares to launch global aviation research paper

Global studio Woods Bagot has won the international competition to design China Southern Airport City, a 400 hectare mixed-use development set on the Liuxi River, in Guangzhou, China.

China Southern Airport City:
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Amidst fierce competition from some of the world’s most admirable design houses such as Zaha Hadid and Airport de Pari with Paul Andreu, the win optimises Woods Bagot’s one global studio model and continued expertise across both urban design and aviation sectors.

A fine balance between global intelligence and local knowledge, this has been a tremendously rewarding process bringing together the best talent from across our global studio. For the Australian and Asia-Pacific region, the win signifies a continued commitment to build a solid partnership between China and Australia, following the announcement from Tourism Australia and China Southern Airlines to help realise the potential of travel between the two countries in mid 2010.

Woods Bagot’s proposed masterplan exploits the potential of economic integration of functional elements against the aspiration for a transformational staff and visitor experience. Set amongst natural settings, the plan will create a new international landmark in China for workplace culture.

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The City design, which totals 3.8 million square meters will provide a gross floor area that equates in scale to just over 7 Barrangaroo’s (Sydney), 1.5 Dockland’s (Melbourne) and 9 City Link’s (Perth) in development area. The master plan will expand the airline’s traditional corporate headquarters to an urban scale, blending business and manufacturing uses with lifestyle and residential components. This new active district will support China Southern Airlines’ brand and continued leadership as Asia’s largest airline.

“Transport, travel and communication is at the forefront of a connected city The rise of these ‘concentrated-cities, where a variety of commercial, retail, residential and community facilities are present are seeping into the Asia Pacific urban landscape, where the success will hinge on smart urban design and essentially, an efficient use of resources,” said Kirsty White, Senior Associate, Woods Bagot.

The China Southern Airport City master plan organizes the neighbourhoods into three precincts and deems a somewhat ‘concentrated city’ approach.

With a growing portfolio of aviation projects, Woods Bagot continues to strengthen and diversify its skills matrix globally. In a response to sturdy market conditions within the Asia Pacific region, as one global studio, Woods Bagot have embarked on developing a centre of excellence in Australia, to deliver world class solutions for not only existing projects, yet to also respond to the substantial number of airport and rail projects planned across the country.
James Berry, Director Transportation & Infrastructure at Woods Bagot said
“The expansion in the Asia Pacific region was a major growth area for Woods Bagot and the recent project wins are a testament to this, as well as an indication that further growth is to come in the Middle East and central Asia region.”

On April 18 to 20, 2012, James Berry has been invited to deliver a paper to global aviation industry leaders at this year’s Passenger Terminal EXPO in Vienna. Titled “The Future of Airport Design” the paper is part of the on-going Woods Bagot Airport Research Programme (WARP Speed) that is undertaking research into the trends shaping the future of airports across the globe.

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