Zaha Hadid architects is an UK based firm which has designed many outstanding projects throughout the world. The work to design master plan for unicorn islands, Tianfu, located in China, has been awarded to Zaha Hadid architects .The project includes construction of offices and residential units for both Chinese and foreigners companies to serve 70,000 visitors in a mixed-use community.
Keeping 165-acre (67-hectare) area and an investment of about one billion US dollars, the Unicorn Island masterplan will include clusters of buildings having different heights, surrounded by a metro station and central plaza. The work for the first building is almost complete which will be used to arrange meetings and exhibitions.
The basic concept for irrigation has been taken by the nearby located Dujiangyan irrigation system. The client has great concern about landscaping therefore one of the leading landscape architecture from Germany, Ramboll Dreiseitl Studio is appointed for designing landscaping and irrigation system for the project.
“Driven by the environmental principles of Dujiangyan’s historic irrigation system and Tianfu New Area’s ongoing work to re-establish its natural wetlands, Unicorn Island’s parkland design incorporates green civic spaces, water conservation and enhanced connectivity to create its living and working environments; following concepts that are redefining the true measure of a building’s efficiency as the improved wellbeing of its inhabitants,” says Zaha Hadid Architects. “Within new parklands bordering Xing Long Lake, Unicorn Island will incorporate natural water management systems and include innovations in urban farming technologies to provide residents, workers and visitors with fresh, locally-grown produce.”