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May 21, 2018

Chengdu Unicom Island masterplan unveiled
OMA’s design for Unicorn Island in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, has been selected as a winning entry in an international design competition. The ambitious design competition, initiated by the Chengdu government, has the potential to become a symbol of China’s changing economy.
     Unicorn Island is an innovative masterplan specifically designed for New Economy companies, which are a key driver of China’s economic transition from a production oriented to a knowledge and service based economy. The masterplan contains a wide repertoire of working and living conditions and is specifically designed for both start-up tech companies and established Unicorn companies.
     Developed to function as creative incubator, the island is organized into three rings. At the heart of the project is the Living Lab, an ‘Innovation Engine’ for the companies, which is also open to visitors to experience the otherwise invisible world of the New Economy. Branching out from this core is the weave zone, a village-like development which houses a mix of different office types, a residential program and amenities providing a creative environment with generous opportunities for informal encounters. The perimeter of the island is formed by the headquarters of the Unicorn companies, the ultimate state of a tech company. Their headquarters can blossom at the outer circle of the weave along the waterfront.
     For full story and plenty of illustrations, please refer to Building Journal May 2018 issue. Subscribe Building Journal E-version <click here>

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