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Hua Guo Yuan redevelopment, Guiyang

The largest urban redevelopment project in China

Located in the heart of Guiyang, Guizhou province, Hua Guo Yuan is currently the largest urban redevelopment project in China. From masterplanning to multidisciplinary engineering services for individual buildings, Arup is working closely with the developer to transform the former slum area into a world-class city.

Redeveloped from the notoriously shabby town of Pengjiawan, Hua Guo Yuan is a major initiative by the local authorities to drive the economic and social development of Guizhou and close the wealth gap between Guiyang and the developed coastal cities. It will be developed into a mega-scale urban complex encompassing office, retail, cultural, education, entertainment, residential and healthcare facilities with a total GFA of 18.3km².

Arup was brought on board in mid-2010, along with other global architects and consultants, to set the blueprint for this new 21st century city. Following the completion of the masterplan, we were further appointed to provide structural, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, public health engineering and geotechnical services for a number of facilities.

Project Summary


120,000m² GFA for the shopping complex

300mtall twin office tower

We worked closely with the developer to transform the former slum area into a world-class city. ©Homnicen Group

Hua Guo Yuan shopping mall

Located at the northeast of the site, the shopping centre comprises a single level basement and five levels above ground, yielding a total GFA of 120,000m². The building houses a variety of entertainment facilities including an IMAX 3D movie theatre, as well as retail stores and restaurants that meet all levels of consumer demands.

As the first building under construction, the project was on a fast-track programme of just 16 months and opened to the public in January 2013.

写字楼1座

该座写字楼形似梯田,依山而建,与山形相呼应。整座大楼与周围环境融为一体,楼高13层,室内层高较高,采用欧式风格的石材外墙。

该项目位置并不理想:横跨一片岩削坡与平地,给结构及地基设计带来了巨大挑战。

Twin towers

The iconic twin towers development comprises two 300m tall buildings. Upon completion, they will become the tallest in the Guiyang city and a local landmark.

Besides fulfilling the clients’ requests on programme, quality and cost control, we provided the client with a tailor-made scheme which carefully considered local materials, construction and management. We also adopted a reinforced concrete tube-in-tube system to ensure its seismic capability. 

The construction commenced at the end of 2010 and will be completed in 2018. With the opening of a brand new community, the Guiyang city will enjoy a social and economic boost and win recognition in southwest China.