The regeneration of the former Baowu steelworks is based on key urban planning concepts and aims to be a landmark in urban renewal - promoting industrial regeneration and providing a new leisure and tourist destination, whilst retaining the former steel works’ important industrial heritage and unique character. The guide for the regeneration has been based on the principles of darning and weaving and includes preservation, adaptation, and the design of new and old buildings.
An entrance plaza and viewing corridor will be framed by two new buildings, a 150 room hotel and an office HQ with an above ground GFA of 40,000 sqm. The new entry plaza will connect to an existing museum courtyard via a landscape stepping terrace and a lattice of intimate external and internal courtyards and alleyways will link new commercial uses to the existing museums.
Taking reference from the existing steelworks buildings, the new elevations incorporate a series of grids and layers. Modern materials including aluminium and glass are juxtaposed with traditional cladding materials of brick tiles and corten steel.
A new culture axis connects the existing Steel Spirit Museum and Industrial Museums to Binjiang Road and is supported by a new community cultural and multi-function exhibition centre. Themed restaurants will have a unique atmosphere, sheltered under the large span roof enclosures, which provide a balanced microclimate for the local community and visitors.