Baltimore-based planning, architecture, graphics and design firm Development Design Group Inc (DDG) has been awarded the position of planner and design architect for the retail centrepiece of the landmark Tianjin City Culture Centre Development – soon to become the largest mall in China.
The project represents the vision of developer Tianjin Lecheng Real Estate Co Ltd. DDG’s contribution to the project, the four million sq.ft and seven-level retail component, will be part of a nine million sq.ft commercial and cultural destination in Tianjin City.
In addition to the retail focal point, which will become the single largest shopping centre building in China, the larger Culture Centre Development also features a grand theatre and opera house, an art museum, a grand library, a youth education museum, and a natural history museum. A connection to four-city subway lines runs beneath the site, and a recently completed high-speed connection direct to downtown Beijing will facilitate convenient access for the city’s 22 million residents.
“We are thrilled that our creative vision for a genre-defying retail concept is moving forward,” said Ahsin Rasheed of DDG. “We look forward to working alongside some of our profession’s most forward-thinking and creative visionaries. The opportunity to be part of this celebrated assemblage of award-winning architects and designers is a real honour, and to do so on behalf of such a complex and ambitious project will make our work that much more inspired and fulfilling.”
– IndiaRetailing Bureau