The Haishu Waterfront district is an island, surrounded by water on all four sides, offering a unique topographical setting in which to reimagine urban life in 21st century China. Contemporary Chinese cities have entered a new era of 21st-century urbanism. Old strategies for developing new districts no longer work: cities cannot rely on instant buildings, and iconic projects no longer beget their own economies.

The design of the waterfront is informed by diligent analysis and driven by a thoughtful approach to mixed-use districts, which have a range of scales depending on the intensity of their surrounding urban context. Designed alongside a carefully considered modular grid, the master plan takes into account the specific realities of the tech-driven economy: its market trends, pricing patterns, demographic shifts, and ecological idiosyncrasies. Within this metropolitan island, we have created a vast number of possibilities for how life can unfold in the contemporary Chinese city.


architect: Carlos Arnaiz Architects  |  team: Carlos Arnaiz, Minkyung Song  |  client: Unknown  |  status: Project (2017) Construction  |  location: Ningbo, China (29.8303683,121.5127112)  |  climate: Humid subtropical, Temperate  |  material: undefined  |  environments: Riverside, Urban  |  visualizer: Studio  |  scale: 1.188.000 m2 extralarge  |  types: masterplan, public space, waterfront  |  views: 3.247