Guotai Arts Plaza

Chongqing, China

The creation of a dynamic and multi-level public space in the heart of Chongqing city’s Central Business District.

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Gillespies worked collaboratively with US retail architects, Jerde, to prepare concepts and subsequently proposals in sufficient detail to obtain Planning Permission from the Government for a new central public space for the citizens of Chongqing.

The design creates a series of public realm spaces on rising terraces, starting with a Civic Square before leading onto a densely tree planted urban forest with water fountains and steam jets before emerging out to a generous arts terrace overlooking a historic quarter, where Gillespies design had to incorporate the setting of a historic building into a retailing environment.