Huafa New Town Honored in ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards
HOK’s design of Huafa New Town Phase Six received an Award of Merit in the competition’s Retail and Mixed-Use category.
ENR’s annual Global Best Projects competition seeks to honor “the global project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts.”
At 3 million square feet, Phase Six introduces additional retail and luxury residential facilities into the Huafa New Town International Lifestyle Community in Zhuhai, China, in the southern Guangdong province.
A 645,000-sq.-ft. shopping mall, including a theater, supermarket and department store, anchors the development’s west end, while the east end features a 270,000-sq.-ft. spa center. A 160,000-sq.-ft. promenade spans the area between, weaving together the anchor stores, greenery and waterfront.
The retail element’s facade is composed of vibrant store fronts, feature walls, advertising boards and multimedia screens. A palette of glass fiber-reinforced concrete, glazing and metallic detailing help the area maintain an intimate, human scale.
At the northwest edge of the development, two 30-story apartment towers feature prime orientations for spectacular garden views. Connections to the retail mall and other amenities provide residents with a distinctly urban and sophisticated experience.
A 1,115-foot-long lightweight ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) street canopy hovers 65 feet above the development, shielding users from the elements.
Read more in ENR.