The firms Rem Koolhaas – OMA and gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner are the winners of the competition to draw up the masterplan and architectural design for Chengdu Future Science and Technology City, located 50 kilometers from Chengdu and close to Chengdu Tianfu International Airport. The 460-hectare complex will include a university campus, research centers, offices, housing, and shopping.
The new masterplan integrates nature with architecture, combining rural and urban qualities. Taking inspiration from Chengdu’s traditional villages, the scheme is divided into six parts, each one to adopt a specific architectural typology, depending on program and relationship with the topography and existing water systems. The enclave will be car-free, so is to be designed on a scale guaranteeing that people can get anywhere in 10 minutes. Connection to the railway station and surrounding urban developments will be provided by a smart mobility network using automated vehicles. In this urban concept, all functions are concentrated in a high-density formation around a public transport center. This means short commutes between home, leisure activities, school, and work.
The office of OMA / Chris van Duijn will design the university. In the middle of the campus is a valley and an 80,000-square-meter building containing a library, auditorium, and laboratories. For its part, gmp will redesign and enlarge Futian Train Station, characterized by a composition of hexagonal roofs, and beside this will rise an also hexagonal observation platform called Eye of the Future.