The Gucheng Lake area, located to the south of the Nanjing city and famous for organic farming, is about to transform into an 80km² tourism and resorts zone.
In collaboration with Overland Architects, Arup designed the masterplan for the zone, aiming to establish a comprehensive design, tourism and environmental strategy to create a new growth pole for the district’s future development for the next 30 years.
We have identified five ecological characteristics for the lake and its surroundings: aquatic agriculture, community, culture, tourism and sports entertainment. Based on that five different functional areas were divided.
A central leisure resort area has been created by efficient utilisation of the natural resources around the lake. The existing mountain-lake relationship has also been further enhanced by designing lake-integrated spaces.
We are now working on the stage 1 implementation plan, which involves close co-ordination between our planning, landscape, traffic, water and geotechnical disciplines.
The lake will be equipped with an ecological system, integrating natural drainages, water reuse, non-vehicular uses, energy-efferent lighting and waste reduction and reuse strategies, as well as a unique transportation strategy which will be tourist-and-pedestrian-friendly and pollution-free.