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China/Taiwan commercial hub planned for Pingtan

China/Taiwan commercial hub pl...
Pingtan is planned to be transformed into a new commercial hub between China and Taiwan (image: 10 Design)
Pingtan is planned to be transformed into a new commercial hub between China and Taiwan (image: 10 Design)
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The 10 Design architectural firm has recently won the opportunity to master plan a 93-hectare (230-acre) waterfront central business district, as part of a new development for Pingtan in China (image: 10 Design)
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The 10 Design architectural firm has recently won the opportunity to master plan a 93-hectare (230-acre) waterfront central business district, as part of a new development for Pingtan in China (image: 10 Design)
Pingtan is planned to be transformed into a new commercial hub between China and Taiwan (image: 10 Design)
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Pingtan is planned to be transformed into a new commercial hub between China and Taiwan (image: 10 Design)
The 10 Design master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million sq m of urban construction (image: 10 Design)
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The 10 Design master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million sq m of urban construction (image: 10 Design)
The master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million square meters (35.5 million square feet) of urban construction (image: 10 Design)
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The master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million square meters (35.5 million square feet) of urban construction (image: 10 Design)
10 Design has come up with a futuristic model, including contemporary skyscrapers, theaters, convention and exhibition centers (image: 10 Design)
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10 Design has come up with a futuristic model, including contemporary skyscrapers, theaters, convention and exhibition centers (image: 10 Design)
The master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million square meters (35.5 million square feet) of urban construction (image: 10 Design)
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The master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million square meters (35.5 million square feet) of urban construction (image: 10 Design)
Pingtan is China's fifth-largest island and almost twice the size of Hong Kong (image: 10 Design)
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Pingtan is China's fifth-largest island and almost twice the size of Hong Kong (image: 10 Design)
The 10 Design master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million sq m of urban construction (image: 10 Design)
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The 10 Design master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million sq m of urban construction (image: 10 Design)
The waterfront will see a series of leisure attractions, with retail outlets lining the canals (image: 10 Design)
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The waterfront will see a series of leisure attractions, with retail outlets lining the canals (image: 10 Design)
Towards the center of the district will lie a newly-created freshwater lake, designed to conserve gray water collected from the local urban landscape (image: 10 Design)
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Towards the center of the district will lie a newly-created freshwater lake, designed to conserve gray water collected from the local urban landscape (image: 10 Design)
The 10 Design architectural firm has recently won the opportunity to master plan a 93-hectare (230-acre) waterfront central business district, as part of a new development for Pingtan in China (image: 10 Design)
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The 10 Design architectural firm has recently won the opportunity to master plan a 93-hectare (230-acre) waterfront central business district, as part of a new development for Pingtan in China (image: 10 Design)
10 Design has come up with a futuristic model, including contemporary skyscrapers, theaters, convention and exhibition centers (image: 10 Design)
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10 Design has come up with a futuristic model, including contemporary skyscrapers, theaters, convention and exhibition centers (image: 10 Design)
Pingtan is China's fifth-largest island and almost twice the size of Hong Kong (image: 10 Design)
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Pingtan is China's fifth-largest island and almost twice the size of Hong Kong (image: 10 Design)
10 Design is working with educators, artists and manufacturers to explore and advance the island's sustainable development (image: 10 Design)
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10 Design is working with educators, artists and manufacturers to explore and advance the island's sustainable development (image: 10 Design)
10 Design is working with educators, artists and manufacturers to explore and advance the island's sustainable development (image: 10 Design)
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10 Design is working with educators, artists and manufacturers to explore and advance the island's sustainable development (image: 10 Design)
Roads and trams will be integrated along a series of terraced landscapes (image: 10 Design)
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Roads and trams will be integrated along a series of terraced landscapes (image: 10 Design)
10 Design has come up with a futuristic model, including contemporary skyscrapers, theaters, convention and exhibition centers (image: 10 Design)
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10 Design has come up with a futuristic model, including contemporary skyscrapers, theaters, convention and exhibition centers (image: 10 Design)
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International architectural firm 10 Design has recently won the opportunity to master plan a 93-hectare (230-acre) waterfront central business district as part of a new development for Pingtan in China. Pingtan, being the closest Chinese island to Taiwan, is to be transformed into a new commercial hub in an effort to attract trade between the two sides of the Straits.

Transforming Pingtan will be no small feat. The island, that is currently home to established sea farming and transportation industries, is China's fifth-largest island and almost twice the size of Hong Kong. The development includes a 4.99 km (3.1 mile) Pingtan cross-Straits bridge, ending the need for ferries, with a second cross-Straits bridge on the drawing board. An expressway connecting Pingtan and Fuzhou (shortening the journey to 1.5 hours) is also in the works, as are five new ports, including a 200,000-ton (181,437-tonne)-capacity port and two 300,000-ton (272,155-tonne) ports.

The Ten Design team has come up with a futuristic model for the island, including contemporary skyscrapers, theaters, convention and exhibition centers and an array of commercial and cultural facilities. Towards the center of the district will lie a newly-created freshwater lake, designed to conserve gray water collected from the local urban landscape.

The master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million square meters (35.5 million square feet) of urban construction (image: 10 Design)
The master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million square meters (35.5 million square feet) of urban construction (image: 10 Design)

Overall, the master plan hopes to see the creation of 3.3 million square meters (35.5 million square feet) of urban construction, with roads and trams to be integrated along a series of terraced landscapes. This will ultimately reduce the impact of traffic, whilst also providing safe and clear pedestrian routes. The waterfront will see a series of leisure attractions, with retail outlets lining the canals.

10 Design is now reportedly working with educators, artists and manufacturers to explore and advance Pingtan's sustainable development.

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