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19 August 2015

Huafa New Town Honored in ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards

Huafa New Town Phase Six

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.