10 Design has won the design competition to redevelop an old military airport in Nanjing, China into a 2.6 million-sf contemporary mixed-use development.
The redevelopment has been designed with the central theme of echoing the past while reflecting the future for the city of Nanjing. The winning design features three interconnected buildings linked by a sunken street, incorporating office, retail, and cultural spaces. The project will run parallel to the sole remaining airport runway, which has been kept in its original form as a historic feature.
Two underground railway stations are embedded into the site. A central corridor is positioned directly on top of one of the railway tracks, providing a feature passageway for commuters to navigate through the three buildings.
Central skylights with hallmark trees are placed across the buildings to bring natural light into the deeper levels. A rooftop garden sits atop each building and will connect the lower floors with the outdoor space, meant to blur the distinction between interior and exterior space throughout the project.
The feature runway will provide a public space and be enlivened throughout the year with cultural activities. China Fortune is the project developer.