Project Name: Diamond Bay
Location: Dalian, Liaoning, People’s Republic of China
Completion: Ongoing – Phase One under construction
New Vision for Dalian – Diamond Bay
Architect: EDSA, Inc. - (www.edsaplan.com)
Owner: Sino-Ocean Land Northeast Regional Division -
Mr. Li Yansong
It is the soul of the City. The evolution of the
Dalian’s waterfront has long influenced the culture, economy and personality of
the City. The waterfront’s subtle influence has continued to ripple change and
activity throughout the fabric of this international community. This
progression has set in motion a modern transformation of Dalian’s urban
The Diamond Bay Vision Plan has become the catalyst for the
developer to undertake this unique transformation and bring the Residents of Dalian
back to the waterfront. The Master plan served to establish the identity of the
overall development, leveraging the active use of the waterfront and providing
strong physical connections from the residential developments to the
waterfront’s public open spaces.
Historically, Dalian is widely regarded as one of the most
beautiful cities in China, mixing old world charm with a modern and vibrant
city life. The Dalian Port, the northern
most ice-free harbor and with shipping relations to over 160 countries, is a
world-known maritime gateway for China. Dalian is also a regional financial hub and
has become the largest home for foreign banks in Northern China, emerging as one
of the fastest growing economic developments in the country.
With a growing population of over 6.13 million, the City is
refocusing development around its energetic working waterfront, transforming
abandoned industrial and shipping sites into vibrant new developments
emphasizing its rich history of maritime and cultural influences. Continuing
to build upon the established brand and identity of the City with the blending
of prominent waterfront locations will form new and exciting developments that will
capture the ever-expanding needs of an international city.
With this proposed transformation of Dalian’s waterfront,
Diamond Bay is envisioned to become the City’s premiere destination, providing
memorable experiences and a singular identity for the City of Dalian. This
vision creates a vibrant waterfront activity center, anchored by a dynamic,
mixed-use core which is supported to the east and west by an active urban
Diamond Bay is a 300-acre site with over 3,000 linear meters of
waterfront. The property sits across the bay from a very active port whose
sights and sounds echo the waterfront it once was. The Landscape Architects
goal was to design an active waterfront that draws people to it and provides an
active and vibrant amenity for the development and the people of Dalian, while preserving
the rich history and culture.
Diamond Bay is defined by a series of districts which help
to establish the brand and identity of the community. The Marina Entertainment
District, The Central Retail District, and The Fine Arts District establish the
heart of the project, while the Creative Cultural District, The Waterfront
Garden Living District, The High-Tech Live-work District and The Waterfront
Parks District define the edge of the community and provide new residential
living, working and institutional opportunities supporting the overall vision.
The districts are linked through a rhythm of parks and greenways,
representative of a ship’s wake through the city, symbolizing and paying
tribute Dalian’s maritime heritage. All of the districts within Diamond Bay’s
enjoy a neighborhood commercial core, linked through a hierarchy of
interconnected green spaces which bring the pedestrians to Dalian’s waterfront.
These public green ways ripple throughout the gridded fabric of Diamond Day,
drawing the waterfront into the City through this strong public realm gesture.
The proposed fabric of the streets, open space,
and buildings link Diamond Bay together. Each district boasts a unique identity
and special sense of place, inviting variety and diversity to this emerging
destination. With Phase I waterfront park currently under construction the
strength of this vision is in its focus in establishing an inviting waterfront,
supported by a central, mixed-use core and dynamic residential districts
which have been carefully planned and programmed to serve both regional
tourists and local residents Dalian’s.
Architect : Frank Butler - FAB