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by PHOEBE LIU on Dec 15, 2010 in Architecture , Interiors
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Although Raffles City Ningbo is a large-scale development by any measure, design architect Sparch has ensured its various components won’t overwhelm its end-users

Construction is underway on the landmark Raffles City Ningbo development, a one-stop shopping, dining, business, and lifestyle destination covering some 157,800 sq m.

Ningbo is home to China’s second largest port, boasting an increasingly affluent population. The Raffles City development comprises a mall, a Grade A office tower and serviced residences, and is the latest in the brand developed by Singapore-based CapitaLand.
 
Located to the east of the Yuyao River, within the Jiangbei district and next to Ningbo’s historical downtown, Raffles City Ningbo was designed by Sparch – also responsible for landscaping and interiors – in conjunction with Meinhardt (MEP consultant), Arup (fire engineer), MVA (traffic consultant) and the Ningbo local design institute.
 
The project marks the final phase of CapitaLand’s masterplan and will act as a catalyst development for the Jiangbei district, creating a new downtown district in the city. The planned subway link beneath the office tower will cement the development into the city’s infrastructure and assist in the creation of this new shopping and business destination.
“In order to meet the needs of the full spectrum of end-users, the development has a ‘slow domestic face’ and a ‘fast civic face’. The residential component sits on the corner of a landscaped, sunken courtyard: this helps moderate and articulate the scale of the tower and creates a calm domestic environment, sheltered from the noise of the city by the mass of the retail podium,” says Stephen Pimbley, CEO of Sparch.
 
“The animated face of the retail podium and the office building engage directly with the city and link the older part of Ningbo across the river with the developing quarter, anchored by Raffles City.”

 

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