Pingtan is planned as a newcommercial hub to drive communication and commercial trade between China andTaiwan. Part of the competition included the design of a new Cross StraitsForum including theatre, convention, exhibition and auxiliary commercial andcultural facilities.
At the centre of the CBD andForum district has a newly created fresh water lake that conserves fresh waterfrom run off through the urban grain.
The masterplan cater for some3.3 million sqm of urban development, while the Cross Straits Forum would be inthe first phase of development.
To reflect the aspiration oftransparency and dialogue the buildings are formed by converging elements thatcombine with the landscape and waterfront to create a fluid and open series ofpublic spaces that meld into the buildings themselves.
Service traffic, roads andtrams are integrated into a series of terraced landscape levels to minimizeimpact of car traffic on pedestrian circulation routes and to create freeaccess from the central axial park canal through the lake towards thewaterfront through a series of leisure and retail lined canals.