Understanding urbanisation

Well-designed mixed-use developments bring together work, rest and recreation – they help revitalise high-density urban areas through the effective use of space and surrounding infrastructure.

At Atkins we also focus on the ‘green’ opportunities that mixed-use buildings provide, blending beauty and practicality with responsible, energy efficient design.


The IMX project site lies within the world-class Hongqiao Transportation Hub, which connects the airport, high speed rail and Shanghai public transit system.

The winning Atkins concept architecturally expresses international trade and creates places and spaces where people exchange goods and ideas, thus creating optimal opportunities for the IMX brand to create wealth. The contract will also see Atkins develop its iconic architectural designs for the IMX exhibition centre and supporting commercial development covering approximately 150,000 square metres. All buildings within the Atkins masterplan have been designed to meet or exceed China’s three-star Green Building Standard.

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The Wessal Bouregreg project is a visionary scheme to transform the cultural and social landscape of Morocco’s capital, Rabat.

We designed the masterplan for this inner city site, as well as two of its most iconic buildings - the Library of National Archives of the Kingdom of Morocco, and the House of Arts and Culture - for Wessal Capital, an investment fund for tourism and real estate projects in the Kingdom of Morocco.

The masterplan will create a new national cultural hub for Morocco, and will enhance Rabat’s position on the world stage as a destination to enjoy internationally important historic archives as well as new arts and cultural offerings.

The inspiration for the scheme began with an investigation into the rich cultural history of Morocco and its unique historic development of mathematical theories. Using a reinterpretation of the geometry of a traditional Moroccan mosaic tile as its inspiration, the masterplan delivers axes and views to key existing and future buildings, as well as to new cultural open spaces. 

Both new buildings complement and reference the geometries of the masterplan, acknowledging their aspect in relation to Rabat’s most important existing historic buildings, the Hassan Tower and the Mohammed V Mausoleum and the new Zaha Hadid-designed National Theatre. They will also provide contemporary spaces that will reinvigorate the capital’s cultural and artistic scene, aligning with the Royal vision for “Rabat, the City of Light, the Moroccan Capital of Culture”.

The House of Arts and Culture will feature contemporary exhibition spaces, artists’ studios, and open plan areas for both professional artists and new younger talent from around the world.

The Library of National Archives of the Kingdom of Morocco will showcase exhibitions on Morocco’s rich cultural history, as well as providing educational and training spaces. This building will also contain classrooms, digital experiences and restoration laboratories, where Morocco’s precious archives will be restored, maintained, and displayed to the public.

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Plymouth History Centre will transform the city’s current museum, art gallery, library and adjacent church into a cutting-edge, interactive history centre three times its existing size. Scheduled to open in 2020 – in time for the 400th anniversary celebrations of the Mayflower ship setting sail from Plymouth to America – the Plymouth History Centre will provide a new home for the city's fascinating and vast historic collections.

Our designs feature a cantilevered 'floating' box above the heart of the Centre. This contains the museum’s historic archive, clad externally in four finishes of panel – from reflective to photo-chromatic finish – subtly mixed and graded over the elevations to represent pages telling the many stories the archive holds.

Working with exhibition designers, we’re converting the existing buildings into 3,500sqm of interactive and fun exhibition spaces, as well as large-scale permanent galleries and spaces for local and national touring exhibitions.

Urban designers, landscape architects and highway engineers are also designing a new pedestrianised public piazza with space for events and street entertainment and high quality food outlets.

The new vibrant History Centre will attract visitors to Plymouth, furthering local economic vitality. The History Centre will also be a hub for education and learning, enabling children and communities to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a successful future.

 
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Terhills, a mixed used development in the former coal mining province of Limburg, Belgium, is hoping to change perceptions of sustainable living, showing people that it can be easy, attractive and affordable. The 365 hectare development includes 10 synergetic ‘zones’, from a national park and enterprise centre, to a sport zone and retail centre. The development will act as a catalyst for the region’s economic growth, creating 1,250 new jobs and attracting an anticipated three million visitors each year.

We created the masterplan for the Terhill site, outlining a vision for a unique and diverse tourist destination set within the site’s distinct landscape. Our architects also did the concept design for Terhill Pure Shopping, a health and wellbeing themed retail centre incorporating the development’s sustainability principles through elements such as green roofs, wood cladding and natural lighting.

 
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It implies the symbiosis of three main components – Office, Hotel and SOHO apartments. Although these buildings can be operated individually but while they function together, a powerful urban synergy is created from these separate entities.

Total GFA is 246,067 sq.m with a plot ratio of 12.6. It comprises of three 165.8m tall building, a 39 storey office tower, a 38 storey Hilton hotel and a 43 storey SOHO apartment. The crystalline building form signifies its status as the landmark in the city of Chengdu, with its modern and geometrical expression in curtain wall, has given the project a pure and classic appearance.

 
 
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Asia Pacific,

Atkins is designing the two supertall towers of the Baoneng Shenyang WFC Tower 1 in Shenyang with total investment estimated at RMB10,000,000,000. At 568 metres and 308 metres high respectively they will be the landmark of Shenyang, the largest city in Northeast China. Named “Pearl of the North” the 568-metre tower will become the tallest building in Shenyang and signals the continuing growth of the city.

The towers occupy a prestigious site to the south of the iconic TV tower, and form part of the 5.8 hectare masterplan on the “Golden Corridor” Youth Street in the central business district. The development overlooks the Youth Park and the Nanyun River to the east. In addition to these two towers the complex will contain five luxury residential towers each approximately 200 metres high, above a large culturally themed lifestyle shopping mall.

           
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Named “Window of Canton”, this project defines the southern gateway to Guangzhou, the first Chinese city that pioneered trading with the west centuries ago. Moreover, the multi-tower masterplan development can be read as “001” from the south and “100” from the north, both being auspicious numbers. The concept uses only a 25m deep slab, thus allowing for daylighting and northsouth ventilation and views of both the famous Pearl River and the CBD skylight for all office units. Moreover, the use of solar shades on the roof, east and west elevations optimizes the energy conservation strategy. Lifting the “window” off the ground not only lightens the mass of this 178m-long building but also opens up uncluttered vistas to the river from future development to the north. The top floor unit will boast a 178m long panorama of the Riverbank Park and marina occupying a shipyard converted into a yacht club.

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China,

The client will be developing the Northstar Delta site to create a new landmark - Northstar Changsha Centre - on behalf of the government for the city of Changsha, and has appointed Atkins to provide architecture design services for this development.

The Centre will integrate residential, cultural, retail and commercial space of the riverside area to create a central public space for activities. This will include a supertall 400 metre landmark office tower, regional convention centre, department stores, a five-star hotel and serviced apartments. The project will cover a floor area of 406,000 sq.m.


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Atkins has won a contract as lead consultant and masterplanner to develop the Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang, Malaysia into a world class facility for the aerospace industry. The development will be designed as a smart city with cutting edge research and development facilities, integrated office suites, academic facilities, a convention centre and a hotel. Spread over a 30-acre site the campus is located near Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur.

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Located at Tianjin TEDA Modern Service District, H2 low carbon building was conceived as a demonstration project and research platform for green building technologies. The top floor and roof garden of the 9 storey building is designated as a showcase for low carbon building technologies, while the remaining floors for the slab tower are office spaces. The 2 storey podium will be occupied by retail shops, bank, F&B outlets and main lobby. Parking lots, MEP equipment and auxiliary facilities are located in the 2 storey basement. H2 low carbon building has been accredited the first office building in the world with 4 green certification; China 3 Stars, CASBEE, BREEAM and LEED.


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With a height of over 460m, this will be the tallest building in Vietnam. The 81-storey development is located in Vinhomes Central Park - one of the most prime locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Its frontage faces the beautiful Saigon River, and is conveniently connected via major road and water transportation. Featuring a modern and unusual architecture design that symbolises the diversity and fast-emergence of Ho Chi Minh City, this mixed-use development involves space for hotel, serviced residential apartment and retail. At the base of this skyscraper is a sumptuous shopping centre featuring the finest retailers under one roof for a top-class shopping experience. The 241,000m2 development will also feature contemporary landscape design that merges natural beauty into this building.

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Atkins' East Lake design connects the old and new areas of Karamay through a distinctive landscape, building on the tradition of water festivals whilst introducing and enhancing ecological provision unique to Xinjiang.

The design takes inspiration from Karamay’s natural and historical heritage, with particular reference to the cities importance as an oil reserve. Building on Karamay’s history Atkins’ proposal looks to protect and enhance the local biodiversity whilst providing an attractive destination not only for locals but tourists also. Atkins’ idea was to offset any new built form with an area for nature, so Incorporating a landmark bridge with new lake islands, recreational piers with functional wetlands; all contributing to the ideal of ‘city living’ in harmony with nature.

According to “Mountain and Water” from Chinese culture, Atkins designed the following nine items: a central lake, leisure and fitness area, resort, adventure park, cultural display area, lakeside business, Northern Xinjiang Garden, entrance plaza and wetlands. “The benevolent enjoy mountains; the wise enjoy water”.

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Atkins’ architecture and urban design studio was selected by the developer, Huarong Real Estate Ltd Co through a design competition, as having provided an eye-catching and modern design which specifically responds to the site, the environment, and Huarong’s design aspirations of creating a landmark tower. This mixed-use development contains accommodation for a 5-star hotel, international grade-A offices and top brand retail facilities. It will be one of the first buildings to be built as part of the large masterplan of the new special economic zone of Hengqin Island District. This development benefits from a prime location facing the waterfront only a few hundred meters from the world-famous Cotai strip in Macau.

The organic towers of this project are carefully arranged to provide hotel guests and office users with stunning views of significant landmarks in Macau, while respecting the development potential and view corridors of adjacent sites. The building orientation also protects its main entrances from wind, while the façade consisted of louvers in wavy forms which shade unwanted glare and accentuate the concept of a rippling water surface.


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The concept for this mixed-use development draws on the philosophy that opposing forces are interconnected in the natural world and takes inspiration from natural Indonesia. Elements of architecture are reduced to minimal shapes and geometry creating harmony between buildings and landscape in a natural environment. The organic layout blends forms into each other producing a fluid combination of internal and external spaces promoting a healthy living and working environment.

A solar orientation specific, shading calculator was developed for the project and applied to every glazed element to establish the correct number of shading louvers with respect to the variable overhang and solar exposure. This ensured the solar gains were kept within limits to enable the building to use low energy environmental control systems. Passive building elements are included in the environmental control system, with thermal mass from the concrete frame providing temperature stability and a high performance thermal envelope to reduce infiltration and thermal conduction gains. This innovative organic facade design contributed to an overall reduction in energy demand by 35% in comparison to typical buildings of this type in Jakarta.

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Atkins has been appointed to provide multidisciplinary design services for ITC Tower in Bangalore – ITC’s new headquarters. The proposed one million square feet commercial tower will function as information technology offices with ancillary support services, and will house a working population of 6,500.

Having a strong social and sustainable agenda, the brief required Atkins to support a “triple bottom line” approach where the needs of people, planet and profit are equally served by the design. The project aims to achieve the highest possible Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Green Building rating, enabling us to push the envelope of best practice in sustainable design.

This project aims to set a new benchmark for quality office design and will keep Atkins at the leading edge of intelligent and sustainable building design.

India,

Cadre International TOD Centre (ITC) will be the iconic landmark development in the East Guangzhou area. The 251,531 square metre mixed-use development integrates a number of transportation and will be a major attraction to visitors, interchanging passengers and the people working or living in the towers and will be a showcase Transport Orientated Design (TOD) development. The connections between the transportation hub, the commercial functions on the site and the surrounding environments have been optimized to ensure an efficient people flow that benefits the passengers and the commercial facilities on site. The landmark architecture integrated with the TOD design will ensure Cadre International TOD Centre (ITC) will be a celebrated attraction that is renowned worldwide.


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China,

This project is a very high-profile mixed-used development which benefits from a prime location in the core commercial area of the Guanyinqiao business district in Chongqing. The development consists of 3 towers of up to 280m height, which are arranged in a form that is reminiscent of the Chinese character for ‘mountain’. The towers contain over 150,000m2 of grade-A office space with a public viewing deck and restaurant at the top of the tallest tower. The multi-storey retail mall is positioned to accommodate international luxury and fashion brands, a gourmet supermarket, fine dining and a large cinema. The retail strategy has been developed to take advantage of a new large pedestrian plaza that is connecting to existing shopping boulevards and squares, and which will form the heart of a wider urban regeneration masterplan for this district. The project is currently under construction and completion of the first phase is expected in 2016.

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Located in west of shanghai, the Qingpu Powerlong City Plaza is a mixed-use project of 240,000 sq.m above grade, plus 100,000 sq.m below grade, including a shopping mall, two shopping streets, and 8 high rise office/apartment towers. The site, sitting on top of a metro station, and with a major road passing through, is divided into 4 urban blocks; one of them holds a bus terminal. Based on TOd principles, our project creates high connectivity between public transportation and commercials, introducing the transfer crowds into the retail street. Along the main avenue, two 100m high office towers together form the east entrance gate of Qingpu district. The bus terminal roof is designed into a sky garden, surrounded by lifted apartments. The Qingpu Powerlong City Plaza, with its differentiated urban spaces, is designed to be an business and commercial area full of economic vitality and popularity.

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This landmark mixed-use project in Western shenzhen consisting of 3 interconnected blocks of residential, shopping, leisure, entertainment, and office uses aims to become the first eco-friendly development in Guangming district. With a total GFa of 423,000sq. m, three curvilinear towers at 85m, 135m, and 250m respectively dominate the skyline along the lightrail. the 61,000sq.m commercial program weaves shops, restaurants, KtV and cinemas into a 5-story shopping mall and 3-story shopping street complex. energy conservation devices such as shading mechanisms and public roof gardens highlight the “urban living room concept” for the new CBD.  

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Atkins’ iconic design for Regatta Apartments in Jakarta is a simple but dynamic concept with a nautical theme. The clusters of apartment buildings represent elegant sailing yachts departing from the cardinal points of a compass, giving rise to its name ‘Regatta’. The luxury 11 hectare mixed-use development comprises a five-star hotel, 10 luxury apartment towers each named after major port cities of the world, two serviced apartments and basement parking facilities.

This striking landmark is visible from land, air and sea and was formally acclaimed in 2010 with the Bali Congress Award, a Prix d‘Excellence awarded by the International Real Estate Federation, FIABCI.

Indonesia,

Meixi Lake represents a sustainable city model, now in its implementation phase. Located to the west of Changsha City, Meixi Lake is positioned to be 'the future centre of Hexi City' with an expected population of 206,000 people.

Atkins’ masterplan embodies the spirit and objectives of an ecological city, maximising opportunities through transport infrastructure, promoting a development strategy of high density core areas (TOD – Transit Oriented Development), a new CBD, as well as seven character districts, all to be implemented over the evolutionary life of the development.

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