The development of Gusu Software Park construction has been completed. The project began with a clear objective to create a comprehensive vision of the area's future: Gusu Digital City, an urban innovation district that marks a new step in urban development.
Over the past decades, Chinese urbanism has been characterized by monofunctional developments and a focus for car traffic. Gusu Digital City introduces mix-use in every plot, promoting the idea of a city with short distances, where everything people need is available in close range. Gusu Software Park is the first development that follows this principle in the district. The whole area has been designed for people, NOT cars.
The master plan is organized in three zones. The public and commercial functions are located alongside the main road to the west, where traffic is strongest. A central linear plaza runs through the project from north to south, designed primarily as a pedestrian zone, this is a social landscape where people walk, pause and meet. As a consequence, the public space is designed with people in mind, while cars are directed into the underground parking areas. Walkability is a key to a more sustainable urban layout. Gusu Software Park sets here an example for other projects and introduces a new and improved way of thinking.
The architectural design concept is the creation of individual buildings with a family likeness. The design introduces irregular shapes, dynamic height variations, and playful colored schemes, to emphasize the spirit of future industries. Car traffic is kept outside the site and managed in the underground, the heart of the project is a pedestrian axis, a sequence of plazas and green spaces in combination with retail, restaurants, leisure and culture spaces.