12/22/2010

2011 or a new full year for SOM? Beijing CBD East Expansion, an ongoing project by SOM

The 2010 year is not yet finished but SOM can celebrate it as a busy year. Now the 2011 will open with ongoing projects that may be completed during the new year.
The Beijing CBD East Expansion is one of these ongoing projects expected for 2011 (or later). SOM presents this projects as follows:
"The SOM plan for Beijing's expanded Central Business District (CBD) calls for the establishment of three new districts anchored by signature parks and green boulevards.
Beijing CBD East Expansion — Rendering, SOM, Beijing, China, © SOM
Beijing CBD East Expansion — Plan of the Site, SOM, Beijing, China, © SOM

New modes of public transportation are proposed, including express commuter rail service between the Beijing Capital International Airport, the CBD, and high speed rail service at Beijing South Station.
Beijing CBD East Expansion — Plan of the Site, SOM, Beijing, China, © SOM

A new streetcar system is proposed to conveniently link all areas of the CBD, and every street would be bicycle friendly. To establish a pedestrian-friendly scale for development, the plan calls for a network of small, walkable blocks.
Beijing CBD East Expansion — Rendering, SOM, Beijing, China, © SOM

The SOM plan defines new strategies for building municipal infrastructure and high performance buildings.
Beijing CBD East Expansion — Rendering, SOM, Beijing, China, © SOM

Implementation of the plan could reduce energy consumption within the district by 50%, reduce water consumption by 48%, reduce landfill waste by 80%, and result in a 50% reduction in carbon emissions.
Beijing CBD East Expansion — Rendering, SOM, Beijing, China © SOM

Reduction in emissions from office buildings alone would eliminate 215, 000 tons of CO2 per year, which is the equivalent of planting 14 million adult trees.
Beijing CBD East Expansion — Plan of the site delimiting the existing CBD and the Expansion area, SOM, Beijing, China, © SOM
Beijing CBD East Expansion — Plan, SOM, Beijing, China, © SOM
Beijing CBD East Expansion — Plan, SOM, Beijing, China, © SOM

SOM's vision for the Beijing CBD provides the framework that will enable China's capital city to grow as a global center for commerce, et be a green and ecological setting for healthy life."


China continues its urban transformation with these ongoing projects: that of Steven Holl, that of Peter Head, and that of SOM (so forth).

Technical data:
Project: Beijing CBD East Expansion
Architects: Skimore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Completion Year: Ongoing
Status: First prize
Location: Beijing, China
Project area: 4,200,000 sq. m.
Site Area: 228 ha
Renderings, plans, all courtesy © SOM

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