Qingdao Harborfront / Perkins Eastman

Qingdao Harborfront

Qingdao, Shandong Province, China
Qingdao Harborfront occupies 73.2 hectares of former maritime/industrial uses in Downtown Qingdao, facing Jiaozhou Bay, and represents the anchor redevelopment for the city’s waterfront revitalization initiative. With the relocation of commercial port activities across the bay, antiquated docklands and shipyards are poised to become new mixed-use communities that will re-unite residents with their waterfront. The project will also include a multi-modal transit hub to be situated beneath a new public park overlooking the water.  

Many existing structures will be transformed from “liabilities” to public assets. Examples include the former Dry Dock, to be preserved in its original location and converted into a water inlet and marina; ship building cranes will be decommissioned and preserved as historical artifacts; and warehouses will be renewed as waterside retail, restaurant and nightlife destinations. The expanse of Qingdao Harborfront encompasses three ‘Daos’ (‘Islands’): Zhongdao (Harborfront), Nandao (Bayside), and Tuandao (Oceanside). Zhongdao and Nandao will comprise multiple mixed-use neighborhoods, while Tuandao will serve as a recreational park facing the East China Sea. All three are linked by a continuous waterfront edge, a 30-meter setback zone that forms a generous pedestrian esplanade.
AWARDS
AIA New York Chapter Design Awards, Urban Design: Honor Award (2013)
Press
Qingdao Master Plan VideoView video
ArchDailyQingdao Harborfront Redevelopment Proposal/EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company