Suzhou West District

Suzhou, China

The first phase of a new eco-town in Suzhou, a city located west of Shanghai in the south-east of Jiangsu Province, eastern China.

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Gillespies acted as landscape architects and environmental planners in the winning design team led by John Thompson & Partners (JTP) for an international competition to design the first phase of the new Suzhou Eco Town.

Suzhou is a city located 100km west of Shanghai in the south‑east of Jiangsu Province, eastern China. The site extends to 6 square kilometres and is located next to Tai Lake, the third largest in China. The clients aspirations were to develop a new town that would promote a relaxed lifestyle based on slow movement, leisure and recreation, utilising the rich natural and ecological resources.

Working in collaboration with the team, Gillespies were responsible for the green space strategy, water strategy and more detailed landscape studies for a new central lake area, the ecology of the Tai Lake margins and the conservation of existing hills and forests.