Suzhou ZhongXin Lu
Location ： CHINA / Suzhou
International competition of the road scenery design for the extended central street of 1km that links the old city of Suzhou City and Suzhou Industrial Park CBD (Central Business District) was held in January 2011, designated by Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee. Two from U.S.A and our company was chosen from Japan. In October of that year, our proposal won the highest award after the several assessments.
Zhongxin Lu is the symbol road leading towards the business hub district (CBD) having the grove of skyscrapers and its total width is 52.4 m, the total length is around 1 km, and the open space of the roadside is about 11 ha.Industrial park of Suzhou city was developed as the collaborative project with Singaporean government and Zhongxin Lu is the main urban axis in the area connecting Industrial Park (new district) and Gu Cheng district (old district).
The area had already gone through the several reconstructions, when the introduction of the subway prompted shifting to global urban design as the inspiration for the urban landscape improvement, and the renovation was aimed to be appropriate for the “central street that links the brilliant achievements of 15 years of Suzhou Industrial Park to the future”. The roadside forested with commercial and office buildings and mid-to-high-rise housing, and valuable open spaces such as parks, green spaces along the pedestrian way were both integrated as the streetscape harmonized with the road to create urban space as the place of people’s interaction, encounter, relief and comfort.