Trahan Architects has been commissioned to design an $880 million (USD) mixed use development in Zhengzhou, China, the capital and largest city of the Henan province, with a population of 8.6 million. Zhengzhou is to serve as an integrated hub for the import/export of goods and mass transportation which connects the east and the west.
The city is currently experiencing a rapid re-development under an ecological approach. Ecological development prioritizes the surrounding natural resources, such as scenic areas, forest park, rivers/lakes wetlands/reserves, and urban green space. In order to maximize and prioritize the corners of the site, the hotel and live/work program are rotated over the corners, framing the exterior and interior. Check out the photos below: