An ecologically sensitive waterfront in Qingdao in China

Qingdao Laoshan Reservoir

SJ architecture (Landscape Architecture) has won a design competition in Qingdao in China’s Shandong province. Called the Baisha Riverfront Landscape Belt – Environment-Oriented Development (EOD) Model, the competition was organized by the Qingdao local government and the Qingdao Chengyang Municipal Development and Construction Investment Group Co. Ltd. 

Project scope
Located along the Baisha River in Chengyang District, the “belt” runs for about 15km, while the total site area of the project is approximately 28.5 sqkm. The SJ team will deliver Conceptual Landscape Masterplanning Design, Urban landscape design, and Water Sensitive Urban Design.

The Baisha project integrates urban development with a waterfront landscape. 

What is the EOD model?
The EOD model is a design principle that was announced by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment in 2018. In essence, it prioritizes ecological protection and development before integrating with urban and infrastructural structures. 

This principle underpins the award-winning Punggol Waterway in Singapore as well as Tianjin Eco-City in China. SJ’s landscape architects enhanced the waterway surroundings with detailed landscaping and kept the water clean through natural filtration, transforming the award-winning waterway into a popular recreational spot. In SJ’s master plan for Tianjin, a 12km eco-valley running through the city acts as a recreational corridor and drainage system for harvesting rainwater on the ground level, while doubling up as a utility corridor and houses the train system beneath the ground. 

Strong track record
This Baisha win is another testament to the strong track record of the Landscape Architecture team in Landscape Masterplanning and their expertise inbuilt waterfront landscape design, which has also been demonstrated in the project wins for Yixing Eco-Water Treatment and Sanya Coastal belt in China. One of the challenges is to replace the original cold and hard landscape of an old airport runway with an ecologically flexible landscape environment to embody the “city in nature” concept.

The team’s design was chosen over three other submissions. Mr. Oliver Ng, Director of Landscape Architecture noted: “We have an edge because of our deep experience in planning for a city in the nature, with the landscape, water, and the environment as our focus in the Punggol Waterway and Jurong Innovation District.”


Project Contact
Oliver Ng | Director (Landscape Architecture)
SJ architecture
T: +65 6248 6150/ +65 9487 9021
E: [email protected]

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