As the first real transit-oriented development in mainland China, TODTOWN is a pioneering sustainable development. A seamless integration of a multifunctional urban space and a mega transport interchange, this 432,000 sq. m. development comprises a Grade-A office tower, shopping mall, hotel, serviced apartments, high-end residences, generous public spaces and other ancillary facilities – all connected to the Xinzhuang Mass Transit Railway Station.
A major design concept for TODTOWN involved connecting two disparate site regions which were divided by railway lines – cutting the site in half and reducing the land-use rate. By building a large platform over the railway, the project created a “deck,” which in turn produced new land area, greatly improved connectivity, and reduced noise and disturbance from the busy transportation networks.
This process created 20 hectares of new land on which this human-centric, mixed-use mini-city was built. This “urban regenerator” is designed to be a catalyst for the renewal of the surrounding community, boosting the local economy by modelling new ways of living, working and travelling.
For example, the mall is made up of interlinked retail floors above the transport interchange, with deep atria providing natural lighting across the internal spaces. A large, landscaped garden on the roof level is surrounded by high-end restaurants and coffee shops – just one way that this comprehensive community provides ideal living, office, entertainment, and shopping spaces that speak to a complex range of modern needs.
TODTOWN also delivers benefits to the surrounding community. Estimated transportation passenger flows will double from 200,000 to 400,000 people per day. Open areas and green spaces provide a pleasant living environment for residents, while community public service facilities connected to the transportation network will drive further traffic and enhance TODTOWN’s image as a regional centre, while creating intangible benefits through cultural activities – providing a place beyond functionality: bringing recreation and enjoyment to people across Shanghai.