Global Design Workshop

Friday, November 24th, 2017 | Destinations that delight. Places people love.

Design Architect

News

Urban Design Quotes

Thanks to www.walkablestreets.com

  • It’s not the beer cans I mind, it’s the roads. ~ Edward Abbey
  • Factors that are driving the popularity of large houses: “First, with less of a sense of community and public life in our culture, the home becomes a fortress which needs to contain everything we need, including multiple forms of entertainment, rather than basic shelter…” ~ designer-builder John Abrams of the South Mountain Company in West Tisbury, Mass.
  • A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. ~ Douglas Adams
  • …It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. ~Samuel Adams (1722-1803)
  • More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. ~ Woody Allen
  • …each additional hour spent in a car per day was associated with a 6% increase in the odds of being obese, while each additional kilometer walked per day was associated with a 4.8% reduction in the odds of being obese. ~ R.E.Andersen, 2003; U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996
  • A leader is one who influences. ~ Anonymous
  • As growth becomes denser, highway costs rise while transit costs decline. ~ Anonymous
  • A street is a spatial entity and not the residue between buildings. ~ Anonymous
  • Suburbia is a collection of private benefits and public nuisances. ~ Anonymous
  • He who tells the truth must have one foot in the stirrup. ~ Old Armenian proverb
  • The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~ Isaac Asimov
  • A leader is someone who cares enough to tell the people not merely what they want to hear, but what they need to know. ~ Reubin Askew
  • For any given criticism of new urbanism, there exists an equal and corresponding criticism that makes exactly the opposite point. ~ Laurence Aurbach
  • No urban area will prosper unless it attracts those who can choose to live wherever they wish. ~ Jonathon Barnett
  • If car ownership is mandatory, [the place is] not urban. ~ Donald Baxter
  • In the desire to be collaborative, don’t forget leadership. Don’t be embarrassed to lead. There are too many efforts where it’s all about ‘getting everyone to the table. Everyone goes away feeling good, but no one’s doing anything. ~ Frank H. Beal
  • Suburbanization is the biggest threat to cities in North America. ~ Paul Bedford, Toronto Planning Director
  • In a quality city, a person should be able to live their entire life without a car, and not feel deprived. ~ Paul Bedford
  • A good sustainability and quality of life indicator: The average amount of time spent in a car. ~ Paul Bedford
  • Office development…pollutes land, air, and water as surely as industrial development once did. Office buildings pollute by generating vehicle traffic. A downtown office building well served by transit pollutes far less than a suburban office building accessible only by car. ~ Steve Belmont
  • Neighborhood activism is a path to political power in American cities today, and city halls are filled with former activists more sympathetic to the social agenda than to the physical agenda. ~ Steve Belmont
  • On ineffective planners: They often tend to write trivial plans – lists of decisions that have already been taken. They defend their professional turf by inventing esoteric languages. They spend their energy in developing planning methodologies that are arcane and difficult to interpret. They often avoid complex choices, preferring to list alternatives and to provide large volumes of data without facing the need for choices…They invent names and functions for planning and often protect themselves by routinizing planning. Planning becomes bureaucratic, data are collected, analysis takes place routinely, and no one seems to have much to say about the usefulness of these planning efforts except those who carry them out…[T]hey overemphasize the professional sanctity of their craft. ~ G. Beneveniste
  • What gets us into trouble isn’t what we don’t know; its what we know for sure that just ain’t so. ~ Yogi Berra
  • Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded. ~ Yogi Berra
  • If they say it can’t be done, it doesn’t always work out that way. ~ Yogi Berra
  • All cars are getaway cars. ~ Ross Best
  • The most destructive force I continue to see is the grafting of suburban types – building-lot configurations, street types, landscaping, public works, open space – onto urban settings. This has fueled the destruction of the city as well as frustrated the construction of new urban places. ~ Chuck Bohl
  • It is the adaptable, not the well-adapted who survive. ~ Ken Boulding
  • Those who buy into the suburbs because they want to be close to nature are going to keep doing so.  The point of parks in cities is not to satisfy that urge, but to make better urbanism for those who want real urbanism. ~ David Brain
  • NIMBY reactionaries don’t stop change in the long run. They simply help to insure that it happens in the worst possible way. ~ David Brain
  • Urbanization has defused the population bomb.  ~ Stewart Brand
  • Americans are broad-minded people. They’ll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn’t drive there’s something wrong with him. ~ Art Buchwald
  • Automobiles need quantity and pedestrians need quality. ~ Dan Burden
  • We must not build housing, we must build communities. ~ Mike Burton
  • Cars are happiest when there are no other cars around. People are happiest when there are other people around. ~ Dan Burden
  • The suburbs became weird quiet bedroom communities where kids are bored out of their skulls. Their parents only sleep and shop there, so for them it doesn’t matter—until junior gets into drugs or massacres his classmates. ~ David Byrne
  • The world is being forced – not in 10 years but today – to choose between feeding people and feeding cars. ~ Ernest Callenbach
  • Freedom is not constituted primarily of privileges but of responsibilities ~ Albert Camus:
  • Anyplace worth its salt has a ‘parking problem’. ~ James Castle
  • If the city is not well-designed, its impact on the surrounding nature will be lethal. ~ Javier Cenicacelaya
  • Planning of the automobile city focuses on saving time. Planning for the accessible city, on the other hand, focuses on time well spent. ~ Robert Cervero
  • The food would have to be pretty horrible for this not to be a perfect lunch.  ~ Buff Chace sitting down in a Roman piazza
  • Bicyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Nothing more is expected. Nothing less is acceptable. ~ Chainguard.com
  • Convivial towns can offer solace in disaster, solidarity in protest, and a quiet everyday delight in urban life…Creating and revitalizing places that foster conviviality is essential to the good life. ~ Mark C. Childs
  • Vancouver killed the freeway because they didn’t want the freeways to kill their neighborhoods. The city flourished because making it easier to drive does not reduce traffic; it increases it. That means if you don’t waste billions of dollars building freeways, you actually end up with less traffic. ~ Rick Cole
  • When we build our landscape around places to go, we lose places to be. ~ Rick Cole
  • Increasingly, we live in a world where cities compete for people, and businesses follow. This trend has largely been ignored by many cities, which are still focused on business climate and tax incentives. But I think the big question businesses will ask in the years to come is going to be ‘Can I hire talented people in this city?’ Cities need to be able to answer ‘yes’ to succeed. ~ Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities.
  • We have a military policy instead of an energy policy. ~ Barry Commoner
  • Charrettes are what you do until sanity prevails again. ~ Patrick Condon
  • Density and environmental protection are not incompatible. If they are, we are in very deep trouble. ~ Patrick Condon
  • Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than knowledge. ~ Charles Darwin
  • It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin
  • Progress in every age results only from the fact that there are some men and women who refuse to believe that what they know to be right cannot be done. ~ Russel W. Davenport
  • New Urbanism = Universal Principles calibrated locally. ~ Bill Dennis
  • People yearning for community are like people at a party who crowd into the kitchen because they like it. ~ Bruce Donnelly
  • …if someone charges that the New Urbanism is about hating cars, we can say no, that it is only when convenient walking and convenient driving conflict that we place the pedestrian above the driver; where they do not conflict, there is no dilemma. ~ Bruce Donnelly
  • Parking is a narcotic and ought to be a controlled substance. It is addictive, and one can never have enough. ~ Victor Dover
  • To most Americans the cures for traffic congestion are worse than the congestion itself. ~ Anthony Downs
  • [Democracies] have great difficulty solving the long-run problems created by policies that provide short-term benefits. Once people receive the benefits, they do not want to give them up. ~ Anthony Downs
  • …American communities require that new housing meet quality requirements that are very high by world or even Western European and Japanese standards. These requirements are designed by middle-class architects, planners, and citizens in conformity with what they believe is decent housing. But their concept of decency far surpasses what is necessary for human health and safety. Consequently, all new American dwellings are too costly for low-income people to occupy without direct subsidies. But subsidies are provided for only a few of the many households with incomes low enough to be eligible for them. So poor people live in unsubsidized older dwellings. ~ Anthony Downs
  • In Houston, a person walking is someone on his way to his car. ~ Anthony Downs
  • While democracy does most things well, I think we need to confront the fact that it does not make the best cities. And that the cities that were great were rather top-down. You know – Paris and Rome, the grid of Manhattan. What would those have been like if there hadn’t been some top-down stuff? Every landowner would have done a separate little pod subdivision. That’s one of the things that’s naive about Americans – extremely naive, I find, as an outsider having lived in places that are possibly less democratic, like Spain. This idea that you have an individual right to do whatever you want with your land is very democratic, but the result is pretty questionable. Unfortunately, it’s hard to have a debate in this country about certain things. We talk about bottom-up planning. And by the way, I make my living doing this bottom-up planning. But if you unfilter what people want – they don’t want poor people, they don’t want income diversity, and they don’t want shops anywhere near them and they don’t want rapid transit and they don’t want streets that connect and they don’t want anybody bicycling past their yards and they don’t want density. So you can’t just do unfiltered bottom-up planning. We need to educate. ~ Andres Duany
  • Climate has little to do with [how much people walk]. Toronto residents, New Orleanians and Manhattanites, with extremes of weather, walk more than Atlantans. The variable is the quality of the urbanism. Not the weather. People in Stockholm walk more than people in the suburbs of Seville. People in Stockholm’s center walk more that they do in Stockholm’s 1950′s new towns. The variable is always the quality of the urbanism – not the weather. ~ Andres Duany
  • It is NOT the inaugural condition that is the determinant of a town that is decisive: it is the ability to molt that is important. ~ Andres Duany
  • The problem is not the profit motive – profit has always been the driver of building in this country – the issue is the pattern. So long as the pattern was the compact, walkable and diverse neighborhood, we could continue growing – and did so for 250 years. When the pattern changed after WWII, it became unsustainable. ~ Andres Duany
  • In [the traditional New England town], one can live above the store, next to the store, five minutes from the store or nowhere near the store, and it is easy to imagine the different age groups and personalities that would prefer each alternative. In this way and others, the traditional neighborhood provides for an array of lifestyles. In conventional suburbia, there is only one available lifestyle: to own a car and to need it for everything. ~ Andres Duany, ‘Suburban Nation’
  • This should be clear: open space should be within walking the pedestrian shed of every dwelling. The pedestrian shed is the measure of urbanism. ~ Andres Duany
  • We are not running out of land. We are running out of urban places. ~ Andres Duany
  • The Department of Transportation, in its single-minded pursuit of traffic flow, has destroyed more American towns than General Sherman. ~ Andres Duany
  • Anti-urban uses (large parking lots, large setbacks, drive-thru’s, wide and high-speed roads, etc.) are the new slaughterhouses – the places that people fight against having as neighbors. ~ Andres Duany
  • With infill, start by providing for those who are not risk-averse (singles, Bohemians, etc.). These people are the urban pioneers. ~ Andres Duany
  • The 5 Bs – bricks, banners, balloons, benches and berms – do NOT create streetlife. It is the available shopping that provides it. ~ Andres Duany
  • Think of the last time you chose to visit a great urban neighborhood, to eat or walk in the park or on the street. Now, how many times have you decided to go visit someone else’s conventional subdivision if you didn’t have to be there?  ~ Andres Duany
  • If a number of persons are not in some way angry at the planner, then no principles have been presented; the planner has been merely a secretary to the mob, and the plan will be weak to the point of being useless. ~ Andres Duany
  • The loss of a forest or a farm is justified only if it is replaced by a village. To replace them with a subdivision or a shopping center is not an even trade. ~ Andres Duany
  • Modern architects recognize 300 masterpieces but ignore the other 30 million buildings that have ruined the world. ~ Andres Duany
  • Amateurs accustomed to emulation made great places. It is the professionals of recent decades that have ruined our cities and our landscapes with their inventions. ~ Andres Duany
  • On the failure of planning as process: when the job seems too difficult, the tool is probably wrong. ~ Andres Duany
  • Higher density housing offers an inferior lifestyle only when it is without a community as its setting. ~ Andres Duany
  • In the suburbs you have backyard decks; in towns you have porches on the street. ~ Andres Duany
  • America’s public spaces are sized by the biggest fire engine the community can afford to buy. ~ Andres Duany
  • The street, which is the public realm of America, is now a barrier to community life. ~ Andres Duany
  • NIMBYs disguised as environmentalists. ~ Andres Duany
  • The role of the street is social as well as utilitarian. ~ Andres Duany
  • We have legislators who think it their duty only to listen to the people instead of becoming expert on the subjects which they must decide upon. ~ Andres Duany
  • There are components of modern life that are necessary but which intrinsically create bad street frontage: They are the parking lot, the drive-through, and the solid walls of certain businesses and institutions that can’t have windows. So there is a certain percentage of modern street frontage that will not deliver pedestrian quality. The only questions are: what percentage of your city must you give over to these uses and where do you locate them. ~ Andres Duany
  • What you need is a system of zoning based not on use, but on the quality of street frontage. Then develop your street grid with a rhythm of “A” streets and “B” streets. Designate those streets like your Walnut Street as “A” streets, where every building on these blocks must be high-grade, pedestrian-oriented and reinforce continuity – no parking lots, no curb cuts. Then assign all your anti-pedestrian frontages to your “B” streets, your service streets. There is absolutely nothing worse for a city than to make every street excellent. If you try to make every street excellent, every street will be mediocre. ~ Andres Duany
  • Anchorage is the most awful place. All people know is that nature is beautiful; and they do not give a thought to the city they inhabit. ~ Douglas Duany
  • The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation. ~ Albert Einstein
  • The problem is not the automobile. There are plenty of cars and traffic jams in European cities, but urban planning and design there does not simply revolve around making space for the car. In American downtowns, however, that has too often been the case. For years, downtowns have been decimated as buildings have been cleared and streets widened in an effort to get more cars into the city. Since most cars are driven only a few hours per week, storage is a big problem. Parking lots often take up more space than any other land use. ~ Larry Ford
  • Architects should favor the norm more often than the exception. ~ Sergio Frau
  • When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I am finished, it the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. ~ Buckminster Fuller
  • First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
  • Successful City Planning: Public action that generates a desirable, widespread and sustained private market reaction. ~ Alexander Garvin
  • When there is a moment of grand unanimity, you can expect great foolishness. ~ Paul Giacobbi
  • …cities achieve much more than isolated humans. Cities enable collaboration, especially the joint production of knowledge that is mankind’s most important creation…because humans learn so much from other humans, we learn more when there are more people around us. Urban density creates a constant flow of new information that comes from observing others’ successes and failures…Cities make it easier to watch and listen and learn. Because the essential characteristic of humanity is our ability to learn from each other, cities make us more human.  ~ Edward Glaeser
  • Pundits…have long argued that improvements in information technology will make urban advantages obsolete…But a few decades of high technology can’t trump millions of years of evolution. Connecting in cyberspace will never be the same as sharing a meal or a smile or a kiss…The declining cost of connecting over long distances has only increased the returns to clustering close together.  ~ Edward Glaeser
  • If you design communities for automobiles, you get more automobiles. If you design them for people, you get walkable, livable communities. ~ Parris Glendening and Christine Todd Whitman
  • Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. ~ Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Tradition is the tending of the fire, not the worship of the ashes. ~ Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Urbanism works when it creates a journey as desirable as the destination. ~ Paul Goldberger
  • When you sell conventional suburban development, you are selling privacy and exclusivity. With each new house you sell, you diminish that amenity. However, if what you sell is the community of a traditional neighborhood, then every new house is an enhancement of that amenity. ~ Vince Graham
  • If buildings are beautiful, higher density compounds that beauty. Conversely, if buildings are ugly, then higher density compounds that ugliness. ~ Vince Graham
  • Neighborhood lobbyists have far too much influence and this influence in the end almost always equals more sprawl. ~ Laura Hall
  • Mary Peters, the administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, recently testified before a committee of the U.S. Senate that “mobility is one of our greatest freedoms” and that “congestion must be addressed with a long-term strategy to increase capacity” (FHWA 2002d). In its 2001 Report to the Nation, the Federal Highway Administration declared that “our highway transportation system serves to unify America and sustain the American way of life” (FHWA 2001). Implicit in such statements is the belief that Americans have a right to drive and, more specifically, that Americans have the right to drive anywhere they want at any time of day they want at speeds unimpeded by congestion. Time and monetary losses resulting from congestion are officially measured relative to free flow conditions, thereby establishing free-flow conditions as the unquestioned standard. ~ Susan Handy
  • I’ve always described Density in terms of dollars: The more you have of it, the more you can “buy” with it – referring to amenities, of course (cultural, entertainment, dining, etc.). When I get asked what’s the single most important thing that can be added to a city to help revitalize it (they are always waiting for the latest retail or entertainment thing…), I always say “housing.” ~ Seth Harry
  • Big boxes are symptomatic of sprawl, not the fundamental producers of it. ~ Seth Harry
  • The “suburban conundrum”: As density goes down in a suburban setting, both arterial sizes and retail format sizes tend to go up, while the frequency of both go down, resulting in longer trips, to fewer boxes, of ever increasing scale. ~ Seth Harry
  • Adding lanes to solve traffic congestion is like loosening your belt to solve obesity. ~ Glen Hemistra
  • Do for the future what you’re grateful the past did for you. (Or what you wish the past had done for you.) – Danny Hillis, the Golden Rule of Time
  • Setbacks, Height Limits, Open Space, Parking requirements (S.H.O.P.). The four stooges of zoning have effectively outlawed compact, affordable, walkable, mixed use (CAWMU) in the United States. ~ Fenno Hoffman
  • A hundred years after we are gone and forgotten, those who never heard of us will be living with the results of our actions. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Our ignorance is not so vast as our failure to use what we know. ~ M.K. Hubbert
  • The only people, scientific or other, who never make mistakes are those who do nothing. ~ Thomas Huxley
  • Lowly, unpurposeful and random as they appear, sidewalk contacts are the small change from which a city’s wealth of public life must grow. – Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
  • Power corrupts, but so does weakness, and absolute weakness corrupts absolutely.” ~ Josef Joffe
  • Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. ~ Samuel Johnson
  • Architecture without sensibility to its context is like sex without love: entertaining perhaps, but not the source of lasting joy. ~ Mark Wilson Jones
  • The more parking space, the less sense of place. ~ Jane Holtz Kay
  • Any city planner who thinks that easing the traffic flow will decrease the city’s congestion is simply living in a dream world. Likewise, the addition of parking facilities will not, and never has, eliminated parking problems. When you improve a small congested road, you wind up with a big congested road. Likewise, the better the traffic pattern, the more traffic on that pattern; the more parking lots, the more people looking for a place to park. ~ John Keats
  • If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places. ~ Fred Kent
  • Whatever a traffic engineer tells you to do, do the opposite and you’ll improve your community. ~ Fred Kent
  • My interest is in the future, because I am going to spend the rest of my life there. ~ Charles Kettering
  • It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong. ~ John Maynard Keynes
  • Seductive congestion. It’s what the best cities are all about. ~ John King
  • It’s true that Germans have always had a special love affair with the car, but there’s no reason you have to remain trapped in a bad and unhealthy relationship. ~ Pit Klasen
  • Men do not love Rome because she is beautiful; Rome is beautiful because men have loved her. ~ Leopold Kohr.
  • The majority of sprawl in this country is produced by those who are fleeing from sprawl. ~ Alex Krieger
  • Containing this type of use of 50/50 [50 mph and 50,000 cars per day] streets is far beyond the will and ability of the typical local government. The 50/50 arterial is a gift-wrapped, gold-plated, gift to strip development. Once in place, almost no power on earth will stop its march toward strip commercial. Time spent berating local governments (counties and cities) for not doing better with these monstrosities (and I’ve done my share of this) is satisfying to the critic, but is unproductive. Once in place, it is too late to do much about the 50/50 arterial. ~ Walter Kulash
  • A road is a strip of ground over which one walks. A highway differs from a road not only because it is solely intended for vehicles, but also because it is merely a line which connects one point to another. A highway has no meaning in itself. Its meaning derives entirely from the two points which it connects. A road is attribute to space. Every stretch of road has meaning in itself and invites us to stop. A highway is the triumphant devaluation of space, which thanks to it has been reduced to a mere obstacle to human movement and a waste of time. ~ Milan Kundera
  • It matters that our cities are primarily auto storage depots. It matters that our junior high schools look like insecticide factories. It matters that our libraries look like beverage distribution warehouses. It matters that the best hotel in town looks like a minimum security prison. To live and work and walk among such surroundings is a form of spiritual degradation. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when so much of what you see on a typical day is so unrelentingly drab. ~ Jim Kunstler
  • …there’s a reason that Elm Street and Main Street resonate in our cultural memory. It’s not because we’re sentimental saps. It’s because this pattern of human ecology produced places that worked wonderfully well, and which people deeply loved. ~ Jim Kunstler
  • We are never going to save the rural places or the agricultural places or the wild and scenic places (or the wild species that dwell there) unless we identify the human habitat and then strive to make it so good that humans will voluntarily inhabit it. ~ Jim Kunstler
  • What’s bad about sprawl is not its uniformity, but that it is so uniformly bad. ~ Jim Kunstler
  • The 20th Century was about getting around. The 21st Century will be about staying in a place worth staying in. ~ Jim Kunstler
  • It actually took more effort, and a deeper background in principle and technique, on the part of the 19th century architect to contrive proportioning schemes that would nourish the heart and soul of a normal human being. Today it is the common citizen, forced to live among the baleful monstrosities of 20th century architecture, who must expend extreme mental effort to keep from shrieking in agony at every turn. ~ Jim Kunstler
  • Finding ways to intervene positively rather than destructively in the old city is a lot of what pro-urbanist planning – new or old – is all about. ~ Nathan Landau
  • Density is necessary but not sufficient for walkable, transit-friendly urban(e) communities…without adequate baseline densities, communities can wind up building a lot of sidewalks that hardly anybody walks on. ~ Nathan Landau
  • As we all know, architecture and urbanism, unlike other specialties, such as surgery and biology, are susceptible to being valued, criticized and even vetoed by persons without the most minimal knowledge of their most elemental principles.” ~ Mario Lanza (Havana 2003)
  • I have never seen a fact that would stand up to a myth at a public hearing. ~ J. Gary Lawrence
  • …the state of Detroit today (1/3 of the city’s land is vacant, decrease in population by 1/2, etc.) is exactly what the automobile industry intended to have happen to formerly pedestrian-oriented cities.  Detroit probably has more freeway miles than most U.S. cities, and it sure hasn’t benefited Detroit.  (Reflecting upon this is the source of my challenge to freeway proponents — name one freeway construction project that has benefited the traditional center city more than the suburbs, or benefited the city at all.  The reality is that freeways are for suburbanites.) – Richard Layman
  • The car is like our mother-in-law. We have a good relationship with her, but we cannot let her conduct our lives. In other words, if the only woman in your life is your mother-in-law, then you have a problem. – former Curitiba, Brazil mayor Jaime Lerner
  • When you’re making a housing decision, you’re also making a decision on transportation. – Barbara Lipman
  • You say what you think needs to be said. If it needs to be said, there are going to be a lot of people who will disagree with it, or it wouldn’t need to be said. – Herb Lock
  • …in general we call these sorts of claims [about why a road cannot be narrowed], by conventional thinkers (usually conventional, old-school, traffic engineers), “technical brush-offs.” The idea is that, through the misuse of their position, they simply blow off your legitimate design proposal with a technical brush-off. You are supposed to go away and not come back. The benefit to them is that they waste very little time on you and your proposal. However, you research the technical brush-off, find out that it is baloney, come back, and confront them. They then will say, “Oh, good job, you’re right. However, your idea won’t work because ….. and they will give you another technical brush-off. This pattern can continue until either you give up or it is too late. Plus, a lot of damage can be done in the meantime by stirring up the neighbors, the fire chief, and/or the police. You have been given two technical brush-offs so far…The next brush-offs will likely have to do with the classification of the street and that they can’t do what you propose. It might also be that they cannot use certain types of funding to reduce car-carrying capacity. By the time you get right down to the real issue, it will likely be that they simply do not want to do the road diet. It violates their paradigm. In these situations, you’ll have to decide, at some point, if you will be able to convince the traffic dinosaurs of the overall benefits to society of you proposal. – Ian Lockwood
  • Youth is not a period of life, it is a condition of the spirit, a result of the will, a quality of the imagination, an intensity of emotion, a victory of courage over timidity, a taste for adventure over comfort. One becomes old when one abandons one’s ideals. – Douglas Mac Arthur 1945
  • LEED architecture without good urban design is like cutting down the rainforest using hybrid-powered bulldozers. – Dan Malouff
  • Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for mankind – Horace Mann
  • [American] Planners fight against good urbanism every day of the week, and have for fifty years. – John Massengale
  • Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. – Matthew 7:13-14
  • One of the interesting features of much of [the recent research regarding walking] is that taken as a whole it shows that mixed use and walkable destinations have a bigger impact on walking than the quality of the pedestrian environment itself.  Beautiful sidewalks with nowhere to go don’t really cut it. – Barbara McCann
  • Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how. – Edward T. McMahon
  • Any town that doesn’t have sidewalks doesn’t love its children. – Margaret Mead
  • For every complex and difficult problem, there is an answer that is simple, easy, and wrong. – H.L. Mencken
  • …Rather than design a transportation system to get the most out of America’s cities, America redesigned the cities to get the most out of the automobile. – Richard Moe
  • The most important task of the urbanist is controlling size. – David Mohney
  • When the revolution starts, there should be no question of where to go. – Charles Moore
  • Isn’t it paradoxical that the old factories are now the place of efficient and desirable urban living, while the suburban escape from them have become consumptive, environmentally unsustainable, noxious places. – Michael Morrissey
  • The most serious obstacles in our road building program are not money, nor engineering problems, nor cruel terrain-but PEOPLE. ~ James J. Morton
  • The car is not the enemy, nor is the elimination of cars the solution. It is our societal bias toward cars that must be questioned. ~ Anne Vernez Moudon
  • To allow for future street widening, traffic engineers promoted the big front setback and tried to eliminate the sidewalk. – Anne Vernez Moudon
  • Sustainability: to “keep things going in a healthy way long into an uncertain future.” – Steve Mouzon
  • The vernacular process is based on things that resonates enough with the average citizen that they want to repeat it on their house or in their town. Repeated enough over time, it becomes a pattern, and then a tradition. The Most-Loved Places are therefore all by definition traditional places. – Steve Mouzon
  • A historicist is a person who generally believes that old things are always better than new things.  A modernist is a person who generally believes that new things are always better than old things.  A  neo-traditionalist is a person who generally chooses whatever works best in the long run.   – Steve Mouzon & Andres Duany
  • Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf. – Lewis Mumford
  • Trend is not destiny. – Lewis Mumford
  • Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends. — Lewis Mumford
  • Democracy, in any active sense, begins and ends in communities small enough for their members to meet face to face. – Lewis Mumford
  • The right to have access to every building in the city by private motorcar in an age when everyone possesses such a vehicle, is actually the right to destroy the city. – Lewis Mumford
  • We cannot continue to believe that the landscape is sacred and the city profane. They must both be considered sacred. – Paul Murrain
  • What kills a city are people who want only low taxes, only want a good deal and only want cities to be about . . . pipes, pavement and policing. – Glen Murray, mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • We are making great progress, but we are going in the wrong direction. – Ogden Nash
  • Each on-street parking spot that is lost costs an adjacent business about $10,000 a year in sales. – National Main Street Program
  • The land use and urban form of cities are…fundamentally shaped by priorities in transportation…the essential character of a city’s land use comes down to how it manages its transport. -Peter Newman & Jeffrey Kenworthy
  • All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Infill development is publicly cheap but privately expensive, while sprawl is publicly expensive but privately cheap. – James Nicholas
  • Cities are for people. A city is where people come to work and raise their families and to spend their money and to walk in the evening. It is not a traffic corridor. -John Norquist
  • There is no greater form of subsidized social engineering than the interstate highway, which hastens the flight out of the city without doing much to ease traffic congestion. -John Norquist
  • This used to be Main Street USA. It’s now a code violation all over America. – John Norquist
  • The whole point of [new urbanism] is to craft a public realm that is so good that the private realm can be substantially reduced in size without a compromise of lifestyle.  – Nathan Norris
  • Benefits [of a home in a new urbanist neighborhood] should be framed in the same manner as other products are sold in our culture (by emphasizing aspects such as value, convenience, choice, safety, healthy living, or beauty). – Nathan Norris
  • Suburban planning is all about separation and segregation of uses. Buffers, enormous setbacks, masking. And the high speeds necessitated by such design. Urban planning, by stark contrast, strives for mixed and shared use, permeability, modest speeds and compact dimensions. – Dom Nozzi
  • Smart Growth defined: Making the car an option, not a necessity. – Dom Nozzi
  • Places don’t become strip commercial because all the trees were cut down. They become strip commercial because the place has been scaled for cars. The road is too wide. The parking lot is too big. The building setbacks are too large. Ironically, saving a tree often promotes such an over-allocation of space. – Dom Nozzi
  • With modest roads, Big Box retail is impossible. With large roads, Big Box retail is inevitable. – Dom Nozzi
  • This nation is drowning in a sea of free and abundant parking. – Dom Nozzi
  • The pedestrian is the design imperative. – Dom Nozzi
  • If you are an elected official lacking in courage and leadership, and you face even a peep of opposition to a project, fall back on perfectionism to find a flaws so that you can shoot down the project. Perfectionism leads to paralysis. – Dom Nozzi
  • NIMBYs on steriods. ~ Dom Nozzi
  • In part, public planning agencies have no vision because they are drowning in minutiae. ~ Dom Nozzi
  • We need to design our cities so that one feels embarrassed, inconvenienced, and like one who is missing out on all the fun when driving a car. – Dom Nozzi
  • In 1999, Gainesville had a population of approximately 100,000. That same year, San Francisco had a population of approximately 777,000. The Paris inner area had a population of approximately 2.1 million. The eye-opener is that Gainesville’s land area, at just over 50 square miles, is larger than both San Francisco (46.7 sq mi) and Inner Area Paris (41 sq mi). – Dom Nozzi & Michael Hoge
  • Working adults formerly enjoyed an hour of “community time” after the workday was over and before they were expected home. It has been replaced by an hour of “commuting time.” The former warmed us to our fellow human beings, the latter conditions us to hate them. – Ray Oldenburg, Celebrating the Third Place
  • A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. ~ George S. Patton
  • Anything you do to make a city more friendly to cars makes it less friendly to people. ~ Enrique Penalosa
  • Over the last 30 years, we’ve been able to magnify environmental consciousness all over the world. As a result, we know a lot about the ideal environment for a happy whale or a happy mountain gorilla. We’re far less clear about what constitutes an ideal environment for a happy human being. One common measure for how clean a mountain stream is, is to look for trout. If you find the trout, the habitat is healthy. It’s the same way with children in a city. Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people. – Enrique Penalosa
  • God made us walking animals-pedestrians. As a fish needs to swim, a bird to fly, a deer to run, we need to walk, not in order to survive, but to be happy. ~ Enrique Penalosa
  • Economics, urban planning, ecology are only the means. Happiness is the goal. – Enrique Penalosa
  • The least a democratic society should do is offer people wonderful public spaces. Public spaces are not a frivolity. They are just as important as hospitals and schools. They create a sense of belonging. This creates a different type of society – a society where people of all income levels meet in public space is a more integrated, socially healthier one. – Enrique Penalosa
  • We can have a city that is very friendly to cars or we can have a city that is very friendly to people.  We cannot have both. – Enrique Penalosa
  • A premise of the new city is that we want a society to be as egalitarian as possible. For this purpose, quality-of-life distribution is more important than income distribution. [And quality of life includes] a living environment as free of motor vehicles as possible. ~ Enrique Penalosa
  • Americans are in the habit of never walking if they can ride. ~ Louis Philippe (1798)
  • American families own such a surfeit of consumer goods that they have turned self-storage into a $17 billion a year industry. ~ Daniel Pink (June 2005)
  • Some collective practices have enormous inertia because they impose a high cost on the individual who would try to change them. ~ Steven Pinker
  • When you’re on the street [as a pedestrian], all cars are monsters. When you’re in a car, all pedestrians are idiots. – Alan E. Pisarski
  • The desire for community is a constant of human nature. – Stephen Price
  • Nothing looks so dated as yesterday’s vision of the future. – Christian De Quincey
  • Well planned cities can compensate for declining incomes by decreasing the cost of living. – Henry Richmond
  • To achieve excellence should be a struggle. – Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley
  • We live in a country made of spare parts where the master plan has been lost. – Jaquelyn Robertson
  • Every freedom has a corresponding responsibility. – John D. Rockefeller
  • Advocates for walking and bicycling should put more time and energy into opposing [car] parking and road widening than supporting pedestrian and bicycle facilities; the harm done by the former cannot be mitigated by the latter. – Michael Ronkin
  • The unspoken secret in traffic operations: the vast majority of striping, signing and signalization are intended to ease traffic flow, not increase safety.  – Michael Ronkin
  • All urban streets should be a challenge to drive and easy to walk or bike.  – Michael Ronkin
  • There is no lack of space [in cities]. It is just that most of it is in the form of vacant parking lots and extra wide roads. -Michael Ronkin
  • From time to time, little men will find fault with what you have done…but they will go down the stream like bubbles, they will vanish. But the work you have done will remain for the ages. – Theodore Roosevelt
  • The measure of any great civilization is in its cities, and the measure of a city’s greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks and squares.  – John Ruskin
  • The only way you run into someone else in LA is in a car crash. - Susan Sarandon, on why she moved to NY.
  • When a new truth enters the world, the first stage of reaction to it is ridicule, the second stage is violent opposition, and in the third stage, that truth comes to be regarded as self-evident – Arthur Schopenhauer
  • A culture of inertia has set in. Criticism predominates over construction; critics are given more weight than those trying to build. It doesn’t matter how small a constituency or flawed an argument the critic possesses. He or she always seems to predominate in political circles, in the news media, and in the public debate. – Senator Charles E. Schumer
  • Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer
  • Although the American scarcely thought of his car as an instrument for reshaping the city, it was to prove the most potent means of crippling Central Business Districts and upbuilding outlying shopping areas that had ever been invented. It was the most effective device for spreading the city over a vast territory that history had ever seen. Its potential for destruction and for construction was, in short, awesome. – Mel Scott
  • Off-street parking requirements [imposed by a city for new developments] and cars…present a symbiotic relationship: the requirements lead to free parking, the free parking leads to more cars and more cars then lead to even higher parking requirements. When 3 spaces per 1,000 square feet [of new building] no longer satisfy the peak demand for free parking, a stronger dose of 4 spaces per 1,000 square feet can alleviate the problem, but not for long because cars increase in numbers to fill the new parking spaces. Every jab of the parking needle relieves the local symptoms, but ultimately worsens the real disease — too much land and capital devoted to parking and cars. Parking requirements are good for motorists in the short run but bad for cities in the long run. – Donald Shoup, The High Cost of Free Parking
  • For a concert hall, Los Angeles requires, at a minimum, 50 times more parking spaces than San Francisco allows as the maximum. This difference in planning helps explain why downtown San Francisco is much more exciting and livable than downtown Los Angeles. – Donald Shoup, The High Cost of Free Parking
  • American cities put a floor under the parking supply to satisfy the peak demand for free parking, and then cap development density to limit vehicle trips. European cities, in contrast, often cap the number of parking spaces to avoid congesting the roads and combine this strategy with a floor on allowed development density to encourage walking, cycling, and public transport. That is, Americans require parking and limit density, while Europeans require density and limit parking. When combined with complaints about traffic congestion and calls for smart growth, the American policy looks exceptionally foolish. – Donald Shoup, The High Cost of Free Parking
  • Minimum parking standards are fertility drugs for cars. – Donald Shoup
  • Staunch conservatives often become ardent communists when it comes to parking, and rational people quickly turn emotional. ~ Donald Shoup
  • If we continue to do what we’ve always done with curb parking, we will continue to get what we now have – the “parking problem,” with all its ramifications. Fortunately, we can resolve this problem if we: (1) charge market prices for curb parking; (2) return the revenue to finance neighborhood public improvements; and (3) remove off-street parking requirements. No other source of public revenue can so easily bring in so much money and simultaneously improve transportation, land use, and the environment. – Donald Shoup
  • If the earth was an apartment, we wouldn’t be getting our security deposit back. – Jim Shubert
  • A suburban through street is similar to a New Urbanist through street in the same way that a concrete flood channel is similar to a babbling brook. – Patrick Siegman
  • Preserving natural habitat by creating better human habitat. – Smart Growth America’s web site
  • People move to the suburbs for the illusion of greater freedom, but it is where there is density – more people & more kinds of people, more buildings & more kinds of buildings – that there are more choices. – Sandy Sorlien
  • The house itself is of minor importance. Its relation to the community is the thing that really counts. A small house must depend on its grouping with other houses for its beauty… – Clarence Stein
  • The opposite to bad development is good development, not no development. – Padriac Steinschneider
  • The great thing about urbanism…is that the more you build, generally the better. The opposite is true of sprawl. – Robert Steuteville
  • There are three rules of urban design [for the establishment and preservation of walkable commercial areas]. Build [buildings] to the sidewalk (i.e., property line), make the front of the building ‘permeable’ (i.e., no blank walls), and prohibit parking lots in front of the building. – David Sucher, City Comforts (2003)
  • Environmentalists should make good urbanists, since they understand systems, diversity, connectivity and interdependence. – Caryl Terrell
  • Environmentalists fail to understand that human beings are a life form. ~ Dhiru Thadani
  • Consensus is the absence of leadership. – Margaret Thatcher
  • It is not enough to be busy. The question is: What are we busy about? ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • One day we’ll be able to go 700 miles an hour, then we’ll want to go seven again. ~ Mark Twain
  • The paradox of transportation in the late 20th Century is that while it became possible to travel to the moon, it also became impossible, in many cases, to walk across the street. ~ Joell Vanderwagen
  • 50 years ago, city planning practices and codes moved from being community unifiers to suburban dividers. ~ Tom Walsh
  • For the first time in human history, people are systematically building meaningless places. ~ E.V. Walter
  • Generica: Fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions, as in “we were so lost in Generica, I didn’t know what city it was.” ~ Steve Weigand
  • It is difficult to design a place that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished. ~ William H. Whyte
  • When did the poor acquire the right to permanently dominate the life of the inner city? ~ Lloyd Zuckerberg as amended by Larry Felton Johnson
  • Placing surface parking lots in your downtowns is like placing a toilet in your living room. ~ Unknown
  • A community has to have the capacity to envision a future they want, and not just the one they are likely to get. ~ Unknown
  • The suburb fails to be a countryside because it is too dense. It fails to be a city because it is not dense enough. ~ Unknown
  • Americans are not really at home in any place; neither at home nor at work, nor at the club or shopping mall. They are truly at home only when they are moving from one place to another. ~ Unknown
  • We don’t want slow growth. We want slow land consumption. ~ Unknown
  • When you have too much of something, you tax it. When you have too little of something, you subsidize it. ~ Unknown
x
GlobalDesign Workshop Inc.
31212 Bailard Road
Malibu, CA 90266
USA
+1 (888) 873 1117
+1 (310) 684 3033
[email protected]

Retail Architect | Celebration Town Center

Los Angeles, USA
142,000 SF

Retail Architect
Click to download project

In the past twenty years, LA has been enriched by the addition of a number of outstanding pedestrian scaled public places. Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, as well as the Grove in Midtown and Universal’s CityWalk are unforgettable gathering places for shopping, eating, entertainment.

LA natives, newcomers and tourists alike flock to these spaces. Expectations are high as people have come to desire and demand the environments these places create. For the most part, however, these places are regional, not community based. The vast majority of Angelenos must drive over an hour to one of these places, and thus there exists the opportunity to build community based retail centers.

The prototypical CELEBRATION provides the exciting environment people have come to expect for shopping, dining and entertainment, right in their community. A quality experience is no longer restricted to weekends. It is now available on a daily basis – and weekends too.

GlobalDesign’s design is loaded with visual energy, and strategically conceived to create an energetic public space that generates the maximum productivity for each lease space.

Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.

Mixed-use | Swan Center

Tanggu District, Tianjin, China
150,000 m²

Click to download project

Mixed-use | China is moving, Bin Hai is moving, Tanggu is moving, the Haihe River is moving. The Tanggu Swan is figurative language in built form. Our design seeks to attract, gather and intensify the energy of central Tanggu to create the single most energetic spot in the New Bin Hai Development Area.

The Tanggu Swan features a dramatically proportioned hotel tower which, paired with a new tower across the street, will create the gateway for Tanggu’s primary retail street. The height of the hotel is accentuated by the project’s four residential towers, which step down in height as they approach the hotel tower. Opposite the four towers are two curvilinear mid-rise buildings residential buildings featuring sky gardens complete with swimming pools.

Sliding between these the residential towers and the mid-rise buildings is the retail and entertainment core of the project. This curving walk street is anchored at one end by the towering hotel, and at the other by a domed entertainment plaza, an anchor retailer and an anchor entertainment center.

The Tanggu Swan will create an exciting gathering place for Tanggu and the Bin Hai District.

Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.

Resort Architect | 2018 Winter Olympics

Gangwon-Do, South Korea
10,000,000 m²

Resort Architect
Click to download project

Click to download press release

We are proud to announce that the GDW master planned Alpensia Resort Village, in South Korea’s Pyeonchang region, won the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics with a decisive win over rivals Munich of Germany and Annecy of France.

In the mountainous center of the Korean peninsula there is a beautiful place appropriately named Peace Valley. Our clients asked us to create Alpensia in this valley, a resort unlike any other in Korea as well as facilities to support Korea’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The InterContinental Hotel Group has recently announced that they will operate Alpensia’s three main hotels - a luxury resort hotel and two family hotels.

GlobalDesign Workshop’s design creates the critical mass necessary to make a major international resort successful. Based on the resort village concept recently rediscovered in North America, continually enjoyed in Europe, and now deployed in Asia, the village includes an energetic combination of hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and condominiums. The concentration of energy and facilities this concept generates has the additional benefit of leaving much of the beautiful site untouched.

Seasonality is one of the biggest challenges faced by the tourism industry. Thus, we have incorporated a host of year around activities, including a wellness center, a year around board hill, an indoor water park and an outlet shopping village.

Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.

Retail Architect | Promenades Retail Pavilion

TEDA, Tianjin, China
80,000 m²

Click to download project

Retail Architect | The TEDA Promenades Retail Pavilion demanded a bold form befitting its prominence as the primary anchor for the overall Promenades development. Yet retail requires distinctive districts and stores. Endless variety within a distinctly unified identity.

In response, we created boldly expressive architecture, a metaphorical waterfowl in flight, with subtle nods to Chinese culture. The strong, overall form is constructed of six unique and individual retail districts, varied in colors, materials, lighting, scale, architectural detail; and distinct in retail, dining or entertainment category. Each district is unique.

Contrast is again one of the primary design principals used; district to district and within each district’s hard and soft surfaces, new and old, cool and warm materials; contrasting details and patterns.

The Retail Pavilion is an energetic place that is always changing and current. It is constructed of translucent media walls that filter and texture sunlight by day, then become canvases painted with media and lights by night.

Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.

Residential Architect | TEDA Towers


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249
TEDA, Tianjin, China

Click to download project

Residential Architect | Our design for the residential towers for TEDA, in Tianjin, China, focuses on two principles. First, the desire to create towers that make a bold statement and communicate at a glance the spirit of our client, TEDA. Second, the need to create a pragmatic solution to a down to earth challenge. Housing is an architectural discipline that must address the most pragmatic of needs, including sun orientation and views.

While these principles are superficially at odds with one another, resolving this conflict resulted in the most compelling of solutions.

The form of these buildings is decisive and expressive, yet every unit has a southern exposure, an abundance of glass, and a stunning view. The result is quite compelling.

Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.

Transportation Architect | Boat Terminal

Aphae-do, South Korea
15,000 m²

Transportation Architect
Click to download project

The Aphae Port Boat Terminal will be the primary point of departure for all guests traveling to the resorts we are designing for the Sinan Diamond area, an archipelago of nearly 1000 islands near the southwest corner of the Korean peninsula. The architecture of the port facilities transitions guests from urban to island. Beyond that, the structures are particularly figurative. Strong forms, crafted of rusted Core-ten steel, are heavily influenced by the work of the internationally acclaimed artist Richard Serra. The buildings suggest boat and ship bows when seen from the water, fish forms when seen from the air.

Facilities include the passenger terminal, ferry landing, hotel, marina and support areas. Long-term parking will be centralized at parking structures located in the center of the site, while short term parking will be provided adjacent to the terminal building. Long-term guests will be transported from parking to terminal by a monorail train.

Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.

Entertainment Design | Time Warner

New York, USA
40,000 SF

Click to download project

Entertainment Design | Shortly after AOL bought Time Warner, they asked us to create a bricks and mortar place for visitors to experience AOL Time Warner. People knew where to find AOL in cyberspace - our challenge was to create a home for them in human space.

We sought to build a space of media, a space always current, always active, continually moving.

Our design for the AOL Time Warner Experience, located on the ground floor of New York City’s Time Warner Center, included a wide variety of interactive and multimedia exhibits, as well as live TV studios.

More important, however, were the ground breaking ideas our team developed while working on this project. Never before had media been so integrated with architecture that it became architecture. The forms became ethereal, the media became architectural. When they met in the middle, they created a remarkable space.

Entertainment Design | International expert master planners and architectural designers of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.

Mixed-use | Aphae-do RD+E

Aphae-do, South Korea
1,000,000 m²

Mixed-use
Click to download project

Imagine a magical place to start an amazing holiday: a place so captivating that guests’ minds are filled with daydreams of anticipation for weeks before their arrival; fond memories for years after they leave.

The Aphae-do Resort is architectural poetry. Its buildings are constructed of simile, their forms determined by metaphor, and the surrounding public spaces carved in allegory. Everywhere there is meaning. And everywhere there is nature. Nature preserved, nature restored, nature celebrated and nature honored.

The poetry of the Aphae-do Resort honors the history, culture and natural beauty of this singular place. It celebrates the uniqueness of the Korean Islands. The Aphae Resort meets human needs, nurtures human desires, and inspires human dreams. This is the poetry of the Aphae.

People go on holidays to meet basic human needs. Beyond that, they seek Magic. Our design for the Aphae resort creates the magic.

Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.

Urban Design | Blossom Tanggu Park

Tanggu District, Tianjin, China
740,000 m²

Urban Design
Click to download project

The City of Tanggu is the home of the port of Beijing and Tianjin. Under its young and forward looking leadership, Tanggu is emerging from the shadow of those two great cities, creating a presence of its own. The mayor of Tanggu asked us to create a park and a sculptural icon at the city’s entrance that would immediately communicate to all those arriving both the spirit of the city, and the quality of life it provides.

The icon, Blossom Tanggu, combines the beauty of a flower blossom and the power of a rising wave. Both are metaphors for surging potential, while the combination of strength and beauty are particularly powerful in China.

The park furthers these metaphors, reminds visitors of the city’s seaside presence, and includes a plethora of activities to ensure that it will always be filled with people, thus communicating the city’s quality of life.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at designing places people love, destinations that delight.

Resort Architect | Aphae-do Resort

Aphae-do, South Korea
12,000,000 m²

Resort Architect

Imagine a magical place to start an amazing holiday: a place so captivating that guests’ minds are filled with daydreams of anticipation for weeks before their arrival; fond memories for years after they leave.

The Aphae-do Resort is architectural poetry. Its buildings are constructed of simile, their forms determined by metaphor, and the surrounding public spaces carved in allegory. Everywhere there is meaning. And everywhere there is nature. Nature preserved, nature restored, nature celebrated and nature honored.

The poetry of the Aphae-do Resort honors the history, culture and natural beauty of this singular place. It celebrates the uniqueness of the Korean Islands. The Aphae Resort meets human needs, nurtures human desires, and inspires human dreams. This is the poetry of the Aphae.

People go on holidays to meet basic human needs. Beyond that, they seek Magic. Our design for the Aphae resort creates the magic.

Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.

Click to download project

Urban Design | Blossom Tanggu Sculpture


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249
Tanggu District, Tianjin, China

Urban Design
Click to download project

The City of Tanggu is the home of the port of Beijing and Tianjin. Under its young and forward looking leadership, Tanggu is emerging from the shadow of those two great cities, creating a presence of its own. The mayor of Tanggu asked us to create a park and a sculptural icon at the city’s entrance that would immediately communicate to all those arriving both the spirit of the city, and the quality of life it provides.

The icon, Blossom Tanggu, combines the beauty of a flower blossom and the power of a rising wave. Both are metaphors for surging potential, while the combination of strength and beauty are particularly powerful in China.

The park furthers these metaphors, reminds visitors of the city’s seaside presence, and includes a plethora of activities to ensure that it will always be filled with people, thus communicating the city’s quality of life.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at designing places people love, destinations that delight.

Entertainment Design | The Grove

Anaheim, California
14,000 SF

Entertainment Design | The Grove was originally created as a classic dinner theater called Tinseltown, home to an Academy Awards show that let visitors from around the world experience a night at the Oscars.

The exterior architecture is based on the classic Warner Bros. Studios sound stages in Burbank, California. It captures the glamour of Hollywood’s glory years. The interior is resplendent with Art Deco architecture, suggesting to guests the grand cinema palaces of those same glorious years.

Entertainment Design | Entertainers expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.

Town Center Planner | Bon Carré

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
1,000,000 SF

Town Center Planner
Click to download project

Our work on Bon Carré was as much a social movement as it was a master planning and retail design exercise. Bon Marché, a once booming mall on what was then the outskirts of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had become an inner city wasteland as the city grew past the old mall. The mall became home to the highest crime rate in the city.

Additionally, the people of Baton Rouge frequently complain that the town has no center, no place to walk.

We addressed both of these issues by creating an upscale town center, complete with a million dollar park, right in front of the newly christened Bon Carré. The idea was to bring the “gentry” back to declare the area safe, allowing the middle class to reoccupy the mall as well as the new town center.

Town Center Planner | Expert planning studio expert at master planning and architectural design of town centers that delight, places people love.

Urban Design | DecoCity Urban Plan

Chengdu, China
709,000 m²

Urban Design
Click to download project

One the edge of Chengdu, GlobalDesign is creating a concept for uniquely engaging riverfront new city. The Client’s program called for a thoroughly Art DecoCity and GDW has thoroughly researched the best examples of the style. DecoCity celebrates the Deco movement.

GDW focused on two planning of our urban planning principles, quality of life and unique identity. With its active city center, parks and gathering places, places that laud nature and extol sport and radial arrangement of canals and pedestrian pathways, DecoCity celebrates living.

DecoCity’s unique identity goes beyond style. From the “Rising Sun” form determinate suggestive of China’s place in the world, to formal Deco geometry, and typically Deco skyline, DecoCity redefines urban branding.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.

The two primary goals for a truly sustainable city are, without question, quality lifestyle and identity. Why? When one puts political agendas aside, it is obvious that the single largest commitment of environmental resources required of a city is the construction of the city itself. A city that is loved, that people enjoy living in and are proud to call home is a city that will remain intact for generations.

Ironically, cities and the structures they are made of are typically awarded sustainability points for the ease of which they can be recycled. We believe that this is a fallacy. We wonder why a well designed city should have reason to be recycled. Searching the annals of history, we are aware of no city that provided quality of life, no city that made its residents proud, that was subsequently subjected to the rigors of recycling. Not, in any event, without the help of an invading enemy army!

This is not to say that we reject all the principles of sustainable city design. We simply find most redundant. Why is it necessary, for example, to award points based on transport? Moving people easily, effectively and pleasantly through a city has always been a major goal for planners (except, perhaps, during medieval times, when it was a greater concern to make it difficult for invaders to navigate city streets then for residents to easily move around).

A city that forces its residents to remain immobile or sit in traffic is not a city that provides quality of life. A city that makes circulation pleasant does, however, provide an enviable lifestyle. Should not the desire to create pleasant strolls and easy commutes be of paramount priority for the urban planner? Is not the process of awarding points for public transport directed more specifically to special interest lobbies than to those who will call a city their home?

We reject the notion of designing based on checklists created by academia and special interests. We favor cities designed for people. We reject the notion that people will work to preserve their city because of the ease of which it can be recycled. Instead, we seek to create places that capture the hearts of inhabitants.
A people proud of a city will maintain and preserve it, making sure the precious natural resources invested in its creation will benefit generations to come.

Clubhouse Architect | RoseValley Clubhouse

Chengdu, China
1,800 m²

Click to download project

Rose Valley, as the name implies, features outstanding villas surrounded by vast fields of roses. The defining architectural concept of Rose Valley is that of contrast – old and new, solid and transparent, building and farm. GDW’s three primary goals for the clubhouse are first to create a place that is impressive yet incredibly comfortable and welcoming; second to create a single building expressive of all of the project’s finest features; and third, to showcase the stunning views of water and roses that homeowners will daily enjoy.

The building we have created accomplishes all three of these goals. At street side, visitors are greeted by a grand Tuscan hall and a beautifully proportioned stone Tuscan tower. Carefully joined to the hall, in much the same way that old and new are frequently combined in Italy, is a modern wing of stone, glass and copper. Upon entering the hall, visitors are at once awed and welcomed by an enormous hall with ancient terra cotta floors, towering timber columns, and an enormous traditional European fireplace filled with a roaring fire. Flanking the hall is a formal, old school restaurant and a traditional, yet comfortable and welcoming, library lounge.

Axial to the front door of the clubhouse is an opening overlooking a spacious modern hall – unexpected in its context, yet foreshadowed by the modern piece at the buildings entry. One’s view naturally continues along the axis to what may be the clubhouse’s finest feature – a huge wall of glass with seemingly endless views of fields of roses.

Thus the Rose Valley Clubhouse accomplishes each of GDW’s goals. It is impressive yet makes one feel at home; it celebrates contrasting architecture, and serves as a frame for Rose Valley’s exceptional views.

Clubhouse Architect | California design studio expert at designing clubhouses and residential projects people love, places that delight.

Mixed-use | RoseValley Commercial Center

Chengdu, China
220,000 m²

Click to download project

Mixed-use | One of the biggest challenges faced by China today is the need to balance its rapid growth with the need to protect its most valuable farmland. Nowhere is this truer than in Chengdu, where the mild weather, abundant rainfall and rich soil conditions combine to create some of the country’s most productive farmland. As a result of these conflicting forces, developers can provide for the country’s housing needs only on odd patches in the midst of fields of farmland.

GDW worked closely with the developer of Rose Valley to leverage these requirements and conditions to create a truly unique place to live. Our concept creates small villages of homes surrounded by spectacular fields of flowers – primarily, as the name suggests, roses, but also a balance of year around growers such as lavender.

GDW’s plan further leverages the riverfront site’s abundant water to create a series of canals and streams, transitioning from teutonic geometry at the project’s entrance to natural streams closer to the river, transitioning residents and visitors and residents alike from city to farm.

The resultant villages of villas surrounded by gorgeous streams and fields of roses addresses the challenges faced by our developer by creating a place that is surprising to visit and really wonderful to live.

Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.

Residential Architect | RoseValley Entry Gate


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249
Chengdu, China

Residential Architect | Rose Valley features architecture with elements both authentically historical and quintessentially modern. GDW’s task when creating the main entry was first to celebrate the contrast of these elements, and in so doing preface the architecture of the entire project, second to frame the entry and transition arriving residents and visitors from the outside world to the magic of Rose Valley, and third, to provide ticketing facilities and security for the expected hundreds of thousands of visitors who will daily wander Rose Valley’s fields of roses.

GDW first created a traditional stone archway, based on extensive research of Roman aqueducts and Italian gates. Next, we created a series of dynamically sculpted walls of stone, rusted steel and climbing roses, modern in form and execution. These walls, some of which also form dramatic waterfalls, create a sense of arrival, of movement, energy and of modernity. They also, quite practically, shield the ticketing and security functions from public views, allowing the gate to function as it must while appearing entirely ornamental.

Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.

Residential Architect | RoseValley


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249
Chengdu, China

Click to download project

Residential Architect | Chengdu, China, is a place of obvious architectural contrast. The city is home to some of China’s finest modern commercial architecture, yet ringed with villas that are distinctly historically associative in design. When GDW was engaged to design the villas of Rose Valley, we were tasked with creating homes of historical European architecture. While this architectural style is effective at creating a sense of timelessness, strength and security, it is not as effective at facilitating a modern lifestyle, or at providing great views – of critical import for this project as the villas all have backyards of fields of roses.

When tasked with creating historically associative architecture, GDW focuses on two primary principles. This first is that the architecture should be literal and authentic, based on sound research of the best examples of a given style. Second, we like to contrast old and new, to provide for the client’s desire to create a timeless environment without sacrificing the modern lifestyle.

Adherence to these principles led us to create homes that are traditional at the street edge, and modern at the back. Thus the houses are rich and secure at the front, and wide open to the stunning views at the back.

Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.

Resort Architect | Cloud Lake Resort

Chengdu, China
4,000,000 m²

Click to download project

CloudLake, a riverfront resort with no lake in sight, is to be built as an “outside the gate” hospitality center to several adjacent theme and water parks. GDW’s concept combines bold geometry and intimate human scale to create a place that has wide appeal to all sorts of people, a place that will extend their stays and encourage them to visit repeatedly. GDW based the project on San Antonio, Texas’ wildly successful Riverwalk, extensively researching that project to gain a thorough understanding of how it works and why people find it so attractive.

Riverwalk is a textbook example of a place people love, a place with the quality described by the latin phrase Genius Loci, a place with a magical quality that all recognize but few understand. The designers of GDW have spent their careers studying places with Genius Loci around the world in an effort to understand how that magical quality is achieved. Riverwalk achieves the magic, in part, by completely integrating water in the project. The water isn’t just something that can be seen, it is so close that people are immersed in its nearness. Riverwalk is all about the water: strolling by the water, dining by the water, enjoying music by the water, and riding boats on the water. The water is its magic.

CloudLake adopts this theme, fully integrating water with the space, and with the experience guests have when visiting CloudLake. CloudLake combines a Riverwalk like walk street with boutique hotels, a large five star hotel, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues to create an ideal place for those visiting the neighboring theme parks to stay and to spend their evenings.

GDW achieves the magic of CloudLake by learning from Riverwalk. Observe, Analyze, Implement.

Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.

 

Resort Architect | DiscoveryCove King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Palace

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1,000,000 m²

Resort Architect
Click to download project

The Red Sea, with its crystal clear waters and abundant sea life, is one of the world’s fastest developing waterfront destinations. In the heart of this gorgeous region, on a one square kilometer oceanfront site, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his son Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman asked GDW to design a palace for Prince Salman, as well as additional palaces for each of his six sons.

The concept we created focused on discovery, privacy and water sports, and took the form of a metaphorical flower lying on the sandy beach. Petals of this tropical flower formed a series of private coves, each the home of an individual palace, its own private beaches, guesthouses, gardens and water sports facilities. At the center of the flower is a community recreation hub, a place for the family to come together to enjoy water sports and evening recreation. Enormous waterfalls tumble down into cool, subterranean pools, and all are surrounded by evening entertainment venues.

Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.

Entertainment Design | Men in Black

Orlando, Florida, USA
50,000 SF

Click to download project

Entertainment Design | This dark ride facility, restaurant and retail shop, designed for a major theme park, plays to the brilliant premise on which the movie Men in Black was based. The film postulated that the iconoclastic 60’s designers were so odd, so far removed from the normative, that they were obviously aliens.

The architecture of this ride facility looks to the pavilions of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow, New York. The playful attitude of those pavilions, created by the aliens, provides the ideal environment to tell the Men in Black story, and creates the appropriate environment for a play day in the theme park.

Entertainment Design | International designers expert in master planning and architecture of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.

Urban Design | HaiheBeach Park

Tanggu District, Tianjin, China
500,000 m²

Click to download project

Urban Design | The Haihe River is the most intriguing asset of the Chinese city of Tanggu. Yet until recently, it was also its greatest liability. Hidden behind seawalls, littered with abandoned chemical factories, and filled with their by-products, no one in Tanggu had any desire to go anywhere near the Haihe River, let alone live, work or play there.

Our visionary client, Tanggu’s mayor, charged us with creating a one kilometer long riverfront park that would change perceptions of the river, its value and its potential. We deployed one of our primary public space principals - create a place made up of a variety of spaces, each with varied appeal to young and old, men and women, rich and poor. We further announced its importance with three larger-than-life icons, metaphors to the river and the movement of the water.

The Haihe Beach Park has entirely changed the character of Tanggu and its riverfront. More significantly, it has given the people of Tanggu a vision for a better future.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.

Urban Design | HaiheRiver South Urban Plan

Tanggu District, Tianjin, China
10,000,000 m²

Click to download project

Urban Design | Directly across the Haihe River from our Haihe Beach Park, on a grand point formerly occupied bt a chemical plant, is the 1.5 million m2 site of Haihe River South, or the Moon and the Ribbon Walk. We created the Haihe Beach Park in order to show the people of Tanggu that the riverfront could be an engaging place to visit.

The intent of Haihe River South is to show the people of the city that the riverfront can also be an enjoyable place to live, work and play.

The place we created addresses each of those needs. The residential neighborhoods are very high density, yet preserve sun access and maximize views and open space. The mixed-use work district maximizes river views and integrates well with the residential. All areas of the plan celebrate the water.

One of our most basic design principles involves creating metaphors. The crescent moon shaped entertainment island and the ribbon shaped waterfront park refer to a well known Chinese poem. Use of this metaphor effectively inculcates the place with enormous emotional appeal to the people of Tanggu.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.

Resort Architect | GreenTea Lake Resort

Chengdu, China
3,000,000 m²

Click to download project

Resort Architect | Just outside of Chengdu, China, in an area famous for its green tea plantations, GDW created a concept for a year-around lakefront resort development. The hills surrounding the lake are uniquely terraced with row upon row of carefully manicured hedges of tea plants, creating a distinct topography, and suggesting a environment that is both natural and man made.

GDW took its conceptual cues from this unique topography, and developed an architecture for the project that mimics the stepped forms of the hills that encircle GreenTea Lake. The resultant structures are distinct and unique, yet at the same time blend beautifully with the surrounding topography. The resort respects and celebrates its environmental context.

GDW worked with the client to create a program designed to attract people throughout the year, with activities for each season. Facilities and activities include a central mixed-use village, a waterfront boardwalk, golf, a multitude of water sports, a conference center, a fishing camp, an equestrian center, and a variety of hotel, timeshare and villas to provide accommodations for guests of all age and economic categories.

Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, relaxing four seasons resorts that delight.

Urban Design | HaiheRiver South Sculpture


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249
Tanggu District, Tianjin, China

Urban Design | Symbols, icons and metaphors are powerful tools to communicate the importance of a place, and a vision for the future.

These sculpture pieces, with references to the work of the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, were created for the Haihe River South project in the port city of Tanggu, China. They proclaim the project’s importance to the redevelopment of the city, they capture the spirit of the people of Tanggu, and they foreshadow the city’s future.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.

Urban Design | Haihe River Master Plan


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249

Urban Design | GDW design principal Brent Thompson created the Haihe River Beach Park to add value to the city of Tanggu’s riverfront property by showing the population of the city the riverfront could be a wonderful place to work, live and play.

Following the creation of the park, Mr. Thompson created an overall master plan, a blueprint for the development of the riverfront as it winds its way through this rapidly growing city, home to China’s second largest port.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.

Retail Architect | DubaiBazaar Mixed-Use


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249

Retail Architect | GDW’s concept for the Dubai Bazaar combines old and new, past with present, texture with form. We at GDW love contrast – light with dark, heavy with light, rough with smooth, old with new. The Dubai Bazaar, which includes a major shopping center and four hotels, is a study in contrasts. At its core, it honors our client’s desire to combine a “historic” souk (a traditional middle eastern marketplace) with a modern mall.

Based on our belief that traditional architecture should be authentic, and based on solid research and an understanding of the relevant history, we started the design process by taking a tour of middle eastern souks. We visited souks in Damascus and Aleppo, Syria, the former built by the Romans, the later a comparatively young millennium of years old. We visited the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, the old souk in Marrakech, Morocco, as well as Dubai’s old souk. We also extensively researched less approachable souks, such as the Esfahan Souk in Iran.

After extensive documentation and study of those souks, we created a “historic” souk for Dubai, and contrasted the mass and history of that “old” souk with a light and airy modern market place.

Observe, Analyze, Implement. This is the GDW way.

Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.

Destination Design | King Abdullah University

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1,000,000 m²

Destination Design | GDW teamed with HOK on a charrette to create a concept for the entirely new King Abdullah University to be located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Our concept made the most of green building techniques, and is evocative of the sands of the peninsula on the exterior, while the interior is redolent of a classic desert oasis.

The typical research laboratory buildings address the heat of the sun with solid, windowless walls. On the shaded north, however, the buildings include enough glass to both light the spaces and to allow the inhabitants to enjoy the oasis environment outside. Students walk through the shaded oasis environment as they move around the campus, allowing them to escape the indoor environment while sheltering them from the harsh desert conditions.

Destination Design | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.

Cultural Architect | Seoul Music Hall


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249
Seoul, South Korea

Click to download project

Cultural Architect | The growth of Seoul since it hosted the Olympics in 1988 has been phenomenal. It has grown in physical size, population and worldwide prominence.

Moreover, the city has become the design, style and cultural center of Asia The growth of this great city has focused its energy on the south side of the Han River. Just a generation ago, this area was relatively rural and undeveloped. Now it is home to the seats of power of many of the world’s largest and most innovative corporations.

Ironically, however, the wealth of culture that is so endemic to Seoul’s identity, so much a part of what makes the city unique, did not follow the growth of the city as it crossed the Han and flourished in the south.

The Lotte Music Hall will forever change the perception and reality of the area. Designed as a catalyst for cultural growth, this monumental facility is a clarion call to the city, a clear and symbolic announcement that culture has found the south of the Han.

Cultural Architect | Cultural architects expert at master planning and architectural design of cultural destinations that delight, places people love.

Destination Design | TEDA Convention Center

TEDA, Tianjin, China
90,000 m²

Click to download project

Destination Design | Our design for the TEDA Convention Center is a bold reminder of its presence near the sea with a sweeping and optimistic attitude. TEDA, located in the Tianjin province of China, is the rapidly growing home of numerous international companies. This center provides a place for them to meet.

Culture is everywhere in China, and culture is central to our work. We believe projects should enjoy the best of what is available internationally, while always remembering, embracing and celebrating the local culture.

As a result, the TEDA Convention Center displays bold, international forms and uniquely Chinese elements. The result is a singular architecture that captures the spirit of TEDA.

Destination Design | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.

Home Architect | Malibu Beach House

Malibu, California, USA
5,500 SF

Click to download project

There is a spot in Malibu where the coastal plain meets the Santa Monica Mountains, the place where the sea and the mountains meet.

The Raptor and Conch House lives in that spot. The tightly wound form of the conch, a metaphor for the sea, provides space for the living room, dining room and master bedroom. The sweeping form of the raptor, the metaphor for the mountains enclose the balance of the house. The entry to the home is in the place where they meet.

Sweeping forms on a Cartesian backbone, layers, transparency and metaphor. This home encapsulates the spirit of our design.

Home Architect | Malibu design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that families love, places that delight.

Urban Design | San Cha Kou Urban Plan

Tianjin, China
1,000,000 m²

Click to download project

Urban Design | Located at the convergence of the Haihe River and two ancient and legendary canals, SAN CHA KOU can truly be called the birthplace of the modern Chinese city of Tianjin.

This proposal for the redevelopment of SAN CHA KOU is designed to initiate Tianjin’s long-term redevelopment plans for the Haihe River, plans that will completely transform the city. Our concept for SAN CHA KOU showcases this transformation, setting an example for future
designers of how to celebrate the river’s edge. It will set the standard for development, dramatically improving the quality of life of those who live, work or play within this area.

Most importantly, it will help Tianjin achieve international recognition as a remarkable place to live and work.

The project includes a city park, a retail and entertainment center, two museums, five high-rise residential towers and blocks of medium density mixed-use.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.

Mixed-use | Circles Mixed-Use

Shenfu, China
145,000 m²

Mixed-use
Click to download project

The Circle of Life is the chosen metaphor of Shenfu, a wholly new city in the north of China. At the heart of the new city is a circular lake. Two GDW projects grace the lake’s newly created shoreline. The first is the Shenfu Circles mixed-use center, a vibrant retail, entertainment and office center that physically and philosophically embraces and celebrates Shenfu’s representative metaphor.

Circles is sculpted from a series of interlocking cylindrical forms, stitched together by a serpentine pedestrian street making up the core of the guest experience. The expressive forms of this street are punctured by a series of negative cylinders - round courtyards, each with a character of its own, highlighting the pedestrian experience. The circular theme is further accentuated by four positive cylinders - carefully placed towers that create a dramatic skyline for both this project and the city center lake.

Contrasts and the creative use of media are two hallmarks of GDW’s work. Circles exploits both of these talents. Translucent walls of glass and metal mesh serve as sun filters by day and media canvases by night. When the sun sets, the walls are painted with colored light and projected video. Further, the four cylindrical towers are paired according to their skins. Two are solids, with subtly fenestrated stone facades, contrasted by the unique layers of delicate lace that cover the other two towers.

Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.

Retail Architect | theWave Retail Center

Shenfu, China
1,700 m²

Click to download project

Retail Architect | Shenfu, in China’s north, is a completely new city defined by the energy, passion and enthusiasm of the local people. At the core of Shenfu is a shiny new lake, and giving life to lake and city alike is GDW’s leisure, dining and retail center, theWave. Additionally, GDW has designed a major exhibit hall, a visitor and investor center of sorts, on the site. The ultimate goal of the retail is to celebrate the exhibit hall, to create a whirlwind of pedestrian activity around it, and display the best of Shenfu’s lifestyle, leisure and entertainment offerings residents, interested visitors and potential investors alike.

theWave is appropriately named. It’s swirling walls of rusted Corten steel and glass ripple, curve and roll as they create a vortex centered on the exhibit hall, move people through the space, focus activity in a central public “square,” and frame scenic views of the lake. The exhibit hall will display Shenfu’s plans for the future. theWave will display Shenfu’s heart.

Gary Goddard Entertainment [www.garygoddard.com/] created the "Circle of Life" concept, including the great circle sculpture seen in some of our views, for Shenfu.

Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.

 

 

Town Center Planner | Phoenix Town Center

TEDA, Tianjin, China
60,000 m²

Click to download project

Town Center Planner | The design of the TEDA Phoenix Center, with its asymmetrically sweeping wings contrasting with its axially aligned circles and ellipses, brings to mind the grand feathers of a Chinese Phoenix bird. Considered auspicious throughout China, the Phoenix is swift as it is light, beautiful in color, charming in song. The Phoenix is a sign of harmony and prosperity in China, and Phoenix feathers symbolize precious and rare objects or people.

The plan has been carefully divided into three unique and singular zones. To the south is the commercial zone, the energetic heart of not only this development, but of the larger, contiguous master-planned development as well.

To the northeast, the Phoenix wing shaped mixed-use facility derives its shape from the raised monorail line that curves through the site. The third zone, in the northwest, is largely residential in character, with carefully sculpted low-rise buildings enjoying coveted southern exposures, and five mid-rise towers with very small footprints that acknowledge and celebrate the valuable exposure that the train line brings to this site.

Town Center Planner | Expert planning studio expert at master planning and architectural design of town centers that delight, places people love.

Transportation Architect | Crane Train Station

TEDA, Tianjin, China
5,000 m²

Click to download project

Transportation Architect | A metaphorical waterfowl, this train station tells the story of a crane taking flight. In the beginning, it flaps its wings madly, generating a great deal of noise, but little speed. It seems it will never fly.

In time, however, it gains speed, and struggles free of the water. As it takes flight, this awkward fowl is transformed into one of nature’s pictures of grace and beauty.

This station, wings outstretched, is perched on the edge of the TEDA Promenades lagoon. As the arrival point for most guests visiting the Promenades, it is a remarkably fitting metaphor for TEDA.

Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.

Transportation Architect | Dragon Station

TEDA, Tianjin, China
5,000 m²

Click to download project

Transportation Architect | The dragon is the Chinese symbol of strength and dignity. As such, it was an appropriate metaphor for our second concept for the Promenades train station. Bold stone walls serve as the station’s foundation. The dragon-like roof is supported by a line of over-scaled columns, their shape derived from traditional Chinese structural elements.

Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.

Entertainment Design | Water Show

TEDA, Tianjin, China
70,000 SF

Click to download project

Entertainment Design | We relied on two metaphors to capture the spirit of TEDA, a new city in the Tianjin province of China. Water fowls taking flight and the geothermal strength of the earth both speak of untold potential transforming into unreal splendor.

Stravinsky’s Firebird captures the strength of both metaphors, so we adopted it as the musical score for the Firebird Water Show. These metaphors lead to a series of compelling water features - a stylized volcano of fire and water, a peaceful waterfowl pond that is transformed into an edgy, yet harmless, geyser pool, and the grand nightly Lagoon Show, the Firebirds. These volcano-like towers are wrapped with sweeping water wings, creating an unexpected contrast that is as beautiful as it is startling. Pragmatically, this water show is a free gift calculated to widen appeal, extend stays and encourage repeat visitation.

Entertainment Design | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.

Master Planning | Promenades Master Plan

TEDA, Tianjin, China
2,000,000 m²

Click to download project

Master Planning | Endless variety within a distinctly unified identity', one of our primary master planning principles, creates a place appealing to a wide variety of people; a place enticing to them, whatever their mood or appetite; whatever the season, time of day or day of the week.

The TEDA PROMENADE Master Plan exemplifies this principle. Our design makes a grand statement by organizing its facilities around a central thematic element, an elliptical lagoon. The Lagoon is the entertainment, the environmental nucleus that creates the stage set for each component piece. This extroverted approach allows guests to remain constantly oriented within the whole of the place, while a major assembly of icons encourages them to move throughout the site. This structure of development is consistent with modern urban core developments and the exposition style of recent World Fairs.

The space we created is home to a world class soccer stadium and convention center, and the future home of a major retail and entertainment center, as well as 5000 homes in over 40 towers.

Master Planning | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.

Master Planning | Technical Park Master Plan


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249
TEDA, Tianjin, China

Click to download project

Master Planning | Energy, activity, ideas and creativity. A symbolic gesture to the world that China is emerging and transitioning from a labor based industrial machine to a center of intellectual innovation. A mixed-use community where people can live, work, shop and spend leisure time.

GlobalDesign Workshop’s design combines three metaphors to communicate the importance of the Technical Park.

The first metaphor is a series of concentric rings, similar to those created when a stone hits water. Pond Ripples.

The second metaphor, suggesting the overwhelming movement of a cyclone or whirlpool, is evocative of energy and movement, of an unstoppable force of nature. Cyclone.

The third metaphor is that of the Ying and the Yang, the careful balance within the community of residential and office space, of places to live and places to create. YingYang.

The focus of Pond Ripples, the energy of Cyclone and the balance of YingYang are prescient of the TEDA Technical Park’s future place in the world.

Master Planning | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.

Master Planning | Chang Po Eco Lake

Muan, South Korea
3,320,000 m²

Master Planning | The Joseon kings treasured the Secret Garden in Seoul’s Changdeok Palace as a favored escape. Resplendent in natural beauty and immediately accessible from the working portion of the palace, it provided daily opportunities for respite and relief, and kept the kings in perfect harmony with nature. Today the hard working residents of Seoul continue to find respite in this magical place that so beautifully contrasts with the dense urban world surrounding its walls.

The Secret Garden at Chang Po Eco Lake will be just such a place. Immediately adjacent to Muan Enterprise City and Muan International Airport, it will afford Muan’s residents and guests the opportunity to live and play in perfect harmony with nature without leaving their city. In the crowded and competitive world of international enterprise cities, the lifestyle facilitated by the Secret Garden will set Muan apart, and enable Muan to attract a highly skilled and diversified workforce.

The Lotus House floats on piles over the floating lotuses of the Buyongji Pond in Changdeokgung’s Secret Garden, living in the environment without damaging the environment. In fact, the environment is made more beautiful by the Lotus House. In a similar fashion, the homes, boardwalks, commercial and entertainment facilities of Muan’s Secret Garden will be perched on piles, floating over reed filled wetlands, surrounded by snowy egrets and schools of fish. The architecture, upholstered in natural wood, metals and stone, will be in complete harmony with nature. The wetlands and lake itself will be extensively cleaned and enhanced, and migrant bird habitats will be carefully crafted at the water’s edge.

The Muan lifestyle will be enhanced by opportunities to live, work, play and relax surrounded by the lake’s fresh, clean waters. The Secret Garden will include a variety of housing types, varying in style, relationship to the lake and in density. Waterfront villas, each with its own boat dock, will float on stilts above the reeds that line the water’s edge. Town homes with boat docks will line canals, affording beautiful views for every home and immediate access to the lake. A marina, surrounded with denser condominiums, will provide another opportunity to live on the water, an ideal situation for boating enthusiasts and romantics alike.

Guests will find a great variety of options for short or long term stays in the Secret Garden. Overnight guests in transit at Muan International Airport will be serviced by a beautiful hotel situated on a point in the lake, while those taking advantage of the business and conference center or the adjacent golf courses will be treated to resort like accommodations on an island in the lake. For long term guests, always a fixture in an international business park, the Marina will include serviced apartments. Those more interested in shopping, dining entertainment and cultural pursuits will find serviced apartments adjacent to the commercial district.

Places that accommodate rich, activity filled lifestyles attract international businesses. The Secret Garden will provide a plethora of ways to shop, play and learn. A retail and entertainment center at the heart of the Garden will include shops, restaurants, cinemas and an entertainment pier sporting a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and numerous game booths. An island lake will include a wonderfully themed restaurant and a beautifully situated teahouse.

Water sports entertainment will include a year around water themed park and spa, a yacht club and water sports center and the Marina. Eco Lake itself will provide areas for motor sports such as water skiing, sailing regattas, and kayak trips though the wetlands.

Enjoyment of activities provided by the Secret Garden will not be limited to residents, members or paying guests. Public offerings will include a public park, a wetlands study center, public beaches, trails and a civic amphitheater.

The Secret Garden at Chang Po Eco Lake will offer residents and guests of Muan Enterprise City opportunities to pursue rewarding careers without sacrificing a rich and varied lifestyle. Like the kings of old, they will have immediate access to this magical place, this place so close to where they work, yet so very far apart.

Master Planning | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.

Entertainment Design | Tokyo DisneySea


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249
Tokyo, Japan

Click to download project

Entertainment Design | These facilities, designed for a major theme park in Japan, look to the future while remembering the past. Influenced by Rube Goldberg, the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa and the movies Blade Runner and Brazil, this architecture is storytelling at its finest.

Perhaps most significantly, these projects were a lesson in seeing things through the eyes of the user, or guest, and creating a place that will resonate with them; a magical place that captures the imagination. Countless popular web sites have been devoted to these facilities. They create a degree of popular connectedness, an almost cult appeal, that can not be ignored.

Entertainment Design | Expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.

Transportation Architect | Tokyo Train Station

Tokyo, Japan
6,000 m²

Click to download project

Transportation Architect | This monorail station, designed for a major theme park in Japan, is intended to create a transition from the Cartesian modernity and overwhelming vastness of Tokyo to the escape fantasy of the major international theme parks that are the heart of this resort.

The station celebrates the resort’s location on the shore of the Tokyo Bay with a series of wave forms and sail forms, each layered against a firm and solid concrete “breakwater”.

Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.

Transportation Architect | Theme Park Train Station

Tokyo, Japan
4,000 m²

Click to download project

Transportation Architect | Just inside what is arguably the world’s best and most successful theme park, Tokyo DisneySea, is a train station that connects the magic of Disney with the teutonic geometry of modern day Tokyo. The train station has, therefore, two purposes. The first is to create an arrival hall for people coming to the park. The second is to transition them emotionally from city to theme park.

The architecture of all of the buildings surrounding the park’s main entrance is very literally old Italy. During the concept design process, we asked ourselves “What would Carlo Scarpa do?”, Mr. Scarpa being an early modernist Italian architect who worked in a manner both modern and respectful of the beautiful context of the historical Italian cities in which most of his architecture was built. The design we created attempts to answer this question. It is based on his work for the Bank of Verona, and uses the iconic early modern classic train station design of a series of round vaults, exposed black steel structure and steel framed windows, all of which sits on a classic Italian plinth. Research and design, Observe, Analyze, Implement.

Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.

Residential Architect | TheIslands

Tianjin, China
3,340,000 m²

Click to download project

Residential Architect | GDW’s approach to designing residential communities in the countryside is based on our belief that there is little advantage to living in the country in a living situation typical of a city. We have, therefore, taken advantage of our site’s high water table to create a large lake and surrounding canal, allowing most homes to enjoy waterfront locations.

Further, lakeside homes are always valued, though waterfront homes exclusively located on islands are more valuable still. We therefore carved a number of unique and special islands within the lake, leaving between them a system of romantic canals, featuring summer time rowing and winter time skating, and larger bodies of water for big views and all sorts of water sports.

Islands also provides for the need of people to gather, shop, mingle and dine together with two spectacular water front clubs and a vibrant, central and energetic mixed-use town center.

Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.

Entertainment Design | Warner Bros. Madrid

Madrid, Spain
1,000,000 m²

Entertainment Design | Like most theme parks, Warner Bros. Movie World in Madrid, Spain, greets guests with a main street at the entry to the park. We based the design of this main street on California’s Hollywood Boulevard, and recreated such icons as the Mann’s Chinese Theater, home to the Academy Awards.

Our research was thorough. In the case of Mann’s Chinese, we were able to work from the original, hand drawn blueprints to authentically and accurately recreate that splendid theater.

The street includes shops, restaurants and a state of the art theater.

Entertainment Design | International studio expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations, places people love.

Residential Architect | Zuma Meadow Farm

Malibu, California, USA
7,800 SF

Click to download project

Residential Architect | Built on the site once occupied by the bunkhouse of one of Malibu’s oldest and most renowned farms, the Zuma Meadow Farm captures the spirit and simplicity of traditional California farmhouses. Rustic but polished, comfortable yet graceful, valuable yet unpretentious, solid and stable, history and a story.
The home’s rustic historicism is achieved through extensive use of reclaimed materials. Features include a heavy timber frame constructed of hand hewn and rough sawn timbers as much as 150 years old, reclaimed terra cotta, oak and limestone floors from Italy, and stone and reclaimed barn-wood cladding. New materials used were carefully selected to coordinate with the old. Examples include Corten “rusty” roofing and a pervious concrete driveway that has the look and absorption of decomposed granite without the mess and maintenance issues.
The Zuma Meadow Farm consists of an “original” farmhouse and its two barns. One barn has been connected to the farmhouse and “converted” into living space. California’s stringent earthquake code required that the home’s hand hewn timber frame and trusses be augmented with a significant amount of steel. The design and construction, however, carefully conceal all steel and connections, and the result is reminiscent of a historic Amish timber frame barn.
The timber frame in the house proper features rough sawn, old growth softwoods reclaimed from demolished warehouses in the Pacific Northwest. The required heavy steel frame in this part of the house has also been carefully concealed, lending the house the look and feel of historic farmhouse or lodge.
Endless variety within a distinctly unified identity.

Residential Architect | Malibu design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.

Resort Architect | Yongyu Muui Resort

Yongyu Muui, South Korea
4,500,000 m²

Click to download project

Resort Architect | The coastlines of Incheon’s Yongyu and Muui islands are extraordinary places. Peaceful coves, each singular in character, sheltered and separated by pine-covered hills, rocky cliffs and tiny offshore islands. The peaceful attitude belies the close proximity to 20 million people in Seoul, and one East Asia’s busiest international airports.

Positionally and historically, these islands are significant as the place where the land meets the sea and where Korea first opened up to the West. Today, by air and by sea, Incheon is arguably Korea’s most important gateway to the world at large.

The concept that we have developed for the Yongyu Muui Nautilus and Gull Resort creates a series of unique yet related environments, each carefully placed to enjoy the benefits of the natural beauty of the site, while harmonizing and enhancing its natural condition. The plan suggests nautilus shells and gull wings to metaphorically express the connection between land and sea, between ships and airplanes.

Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.

Mixed-use | Crown Mixed-Use

Shenfu, China
843,000 m²

Mixed-use | From wooded hillside to an urban ring, the Shenfu Crown mixes urban living with a natural environment. The 843,000 M2 (9,075,000 SF) mixed-use center focuses on an enormous central courtyard resplendent in landscape, water features and featuring an enormous iconic central fountain. This green plaza is immediately adjacent to a heavily wooded hillside, and serves to stretch and pull those woods into the Crown's center. Surrounding this central courtyard is a pedestrian walk street in the midst of an indoor/outdoor retail and entertainment center. The architecture here takes its form from kimchi pots and natural beehives, the latter suggestive of the swarming human energy that will fill this place. The inner edge of this active pedestrian zone is populated with restaurants, all of which enjoy the views and the peaceful serenity of the green courtyard.
Wrapping around the central courtyard and retail and entertainment center is a sheltering wall of urbanity; a series of low-rise and mid-rise mixed-use buildings providing space for retail, offices and residences. The concept takes Main Street, shapes it into an ellipse, and wraps it around the courtyard and pedestrian walk street. The architecture of this ring suggests the protective crenellations of a castle and the bejeweled adornments of a Crown. Beyond this protective ring is a sea of trees, punctuated by a circle of iconic residential towers. Residents who live in these sculpted towers are surrounded by green and open space, yet less than a minute's walk from the urban core, the entertainment zone and the courtyard.
The architecture of the whole development borrows from that of the Pre-Columbian people of the Americas, with simple stepped forms evocative of Machu Picchu. The concept relies on strong and ubiquitous horizontal bands that both unify and accentuate the building forms, yet are simple and affordable to construct. The architecture is both iconic and attainable.
Mixed-use | Expert design studio creating places people love.

Urban Design | Butterfly City

Aphae-do, South Korea
40,000 Residents

Urban Design
Click to download project

Imagine BUTTERFLY CITY is civic poetry. The entire city has taken on the form of a graceful Korean butterfly. The butterfly is a metaphor for beauty, movement, energy, grace and most appropriately, transformation; transformation into something far more beautiful, far more noteworthy. Further, the form of a butterfly has great practical value for a city planner. It has a linear, compact core that performs all the basic functions, and wings gridded by veins that draw energy and strength from the center.

Imagine BUTTERFLY CITY is unique to Korea – in fact it is unique to the world. It will be the substance behind the Imagine Aphae resort, the economic engine behind the entire Imagine Sinan Resort. This city, the future home to 30 to 35,000 people, will provide a standard of living unmatched in Korea. The design for the city, based on North American innovation and Korean pragmatism, seeks to create a fabric of urban edges and open green space. Butterfly city references North American New Town Planning, the planning of the waterfront cities San Diego and Vancouver, and some of the best and most recent planning work done in Seoul.

The city is situated just north of the Imagine Aphae resort, spanning from water on the west to water on the east. The city is bifurcated by the main access route that connects the resort to the boat terminal. The future Sinan Gun administration building sits just west of this access. This building is necessarily central to the city, and needs to be surrounded, on its south side by commercial space and residential space. The prime public spaces, however are on the waterfront, both east and west of the administration building. This creates somewhat of a conflict, one that is addressed by surrounding the administration building and the waterfronts in ellipses, and by connecting the ellipse of the primary waterfront to the ellipse of the administration building with a great circle. The waving “line” that connects all three spaces becomes the commercial core of the city. The great circle, and the area just to the east of the circle, form the highest density residential neighborhood. Concentric rings of steadily decreasing density form the remainder of the city. Thus the administration building, commercial core, and two great open spaces form the body of the butterfly, tidal flat observation piers form its antennae, and the residential neighborhoods form its wings. Parks and schools accent those wings, forming the figurative “eyes” common to the wings of many butterflies.

Primary vehicular access is from a bridge connecting Aphae-do to nearby Mockbo, which then feeds the above mentioned primary island access road. This access road becomes a major north south artery for the city, and is one of four roads connecting city and resort. Secondary to this is a ring road that creates the city’s great circle, and additional arteries that outline the wings. The streets have been carefully planned to allow for great street trees and landscape strips and islands. In many ways, the quality of a city is the quality of its streets. The streets of BUTTERFLY CITY are patterned off those of some of the world’s cities.
Cars are augmented by rail in BUTTERFLY CITY. There is a monorail planned to connect Mockbo, the resort, city and port. Further, the commercial core of the city is defined by a trolley that runs continually from ellipse to ellipse, coast to coast, tying the city together. Every home in the city is within a reasonable walk to this core – the trolley gives residents access to the remainder of the city, while creating a layer of charm and appeal not previously seen.

As BUTTERFLY CITY is an island city, water is brought into the city to give greater access to the waterfront. Water wraps around the primary core, and a circular canal connects the county building to the coast, providing a linear park of water, landscape and biking and walking trails for the residents of the highest density area.

This carefully constructed network of core, roads, public spaces, canals and parks, as well as the great quality of its streets, commercial center and public spaces result in a standard of living the equal of which will be difficult to find in Asia.

Imagine BUTTERFLY CITY – a city as beautiful as its namesake, as livable as any in the world.

Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at designing places people love, destinations that delight.

Retail Architect | Caruso Town Center

Palm Desert, USA
200,000 SF

Retail Architect | Rick Caruso’s charge to GDW Design Principal Brent Thompson was simple. “Look at our hugely successful projects in Thousand Oaks and repeat our success in Palm Desert.” The execution of that charge less simple. Thousand Oaks, a suburb of Los Angeles, is pleasantly temperate area with a proximity to the Pacific Ocean that modulates its weather. Palm Desert, on the other hand, consistently is baked to extreme temperatures in the summer, and can also get quite hot in the spring and fall.
The design process was initiated with a bench marking tour of each of Caruso’s previous projects in order to understand their strengths and success. We wanted to understand those qualities that separate them from other projects. We learned that the planning is simple, straightforward and typical for this sort of everyday use community retail center. What sets Caruso’s work apart is its attention to guests. Every place where the public will set foot is given careful attention. There is a richness of texture and color, an appeal to all five senses. The architecture, likewise, is also layered and textured. The large building masses are broken into smaller pieces, so that each shop seems to be a building of its own. Fountains, art, landscaping and background music add further depth.
Much of this was easily transferable to our design. What wasn’t analogous was weather protection – how to create shade without both burying the shops and loosing the individuality that the Thousand Oaks shops enjoy. A typical solution is to add an arcade, but that both creates a single building mass and hides storefronts. The solution we adopted takes its clues from Caruso’s earlier work. We mixed a variety of shade devices – arcades, awnings, trellises – to provide sun protection and variety without obscuring storefronts.
We solved the challenges of this project using our standard process – identify the unique needs, research successful solutions and apply them. This is what we do.
Retail Architect | Expert design studio creating places people love.

Retail Architect | Towers Mixed-Use

Tanggu District, Tianjin, China
170,000 m²

Retail Architect
Click to download project

Tanggu City is located in the heart of China’s Bin Hai new area, and the Tanggu Towers Mixed-use project is to be located in the heart of Tanggu. The site, a solid city block, is surrounded by a cacophony of buildings, signs and shops, each calling louder then the next for attention. The architecture is loud, the colors are loud, the lighting screams louder yet.
In locations like this, the best way to call attention to oneself is to set oneself apart from the noise, to be the calm in the midst of the frenzy. GDW’s design for the Tanggu Towers creates a facade of quiet sophistication, a radical departure from the surroundings, a project that vehemently sets itself apart by providing a place of quiet for the eyes of every person on the street. It’s towers, one a hotel, another serviced apartments and six others residential, are generally teutonic and rigid, though bits of whimsy at times interrupts their cartesian formality.
Inside the project, however, is an energetic heart that magically contrasts with reserve of its exterior. A retail street, entered by passing between the twin towers that line the main street, cascades down several levels, maximizes the value of the land while maintaining an above ground feel.
Tanggu Towers, a calmly sophisticated facade with a vibrant, beating heart at its core.
Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.

Resort Architect | Flower Islands Resort

Sinan-Gun, South Korea
8 Resorts

Resort Architect | GDW developed the concept for the Flower Islands with several simple goals in mind: the project should be visible from outer space, the concept should be simple and obvious and highly suggestive of a resort, and it should be both unique in the world while celebrating the best of Korea. Based on these goals, we studied the world renowned Palm Islands in Dubai and developed the concept for the Flower Islands of Korea.
At its core, our concept was to create concentrated developments on the islands of Korea that largely leave the surrounding natural environment intact and untouched, allowing guests to enjoy the islands in their natural state, just as our research team enjoyed them on our initial visits.
The flower concept, in addition to creating a metaphor obviously suggestive a resort experience, creates an energetic core for the resort, a place people can meet and gather, while preserving the surrounding nature, wrapping it around the resort’s edges. The flowers are further respectful of both the local culture and topography, creating peaceful petals connected to a lively bud.
This concept represents GDW’s core philosophy for resort design: create an energetic village, and leave the balance of the site in its peaceful and natural condition for guests to appreciate and enjoy.
Resort Architect | Destination design studio creating resorts that delight.

Destination Design | Haihe River Icon

50 Meters

Click to download project

Destination Design | GlobalDesign Workshop Inc. [GDW] is a boutique design studio specializing in the master planning architectural and experiential design of mixed-use town centers and retail, dining and entertainment [RD+E] destinations. GDW selectively pursues only a few significant commissions each year, allowing design principal Brent Thompson to personally craft every GDW project. The result is a consistent level of quality design, and a history of projects that bring success to our clients.
Destination Design | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.

Mixed-use | Dagang Town Center

Tianjin, China
193,000

Mixed-use | GDW created two concepts for the Dagang Town Center using a charrette technique, developing both concepts in just a single week in order to facilitate our client’s extremely tight schedule. Both concepts combine an energetic, mixed-use town center with a quieter residential community that is both integrated with and separate from the commercial uses of the town center.
The first scheme, Ribbons, combines a glass retail plinth with a “ribbon” of office space above, architecture that winds up and down as it makes its way around the town centers great plaza. The second scheme, Blender, uses swirling forms to create a vortex of energy in its central circular plaza.
Both schemes include a series of smaller scale office duplexes, as well as GDW’s trademark “Stacked Villas,” stacked two story residential units, each with a private courtyard and volume ceilings, that use a skip stop elevator and private, outdoor entries to create residences that combine the privacy and indoor outdoor living of a villa with the density of a condominium.
Mixed-use | Expert design studio creating places people love.

Destination Design | Themed Tunnels


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249
TEDA, Tianjin, China

Destination Design | One of the fastest growing areas on the planet is China’s Bin Hai New Area. Twenty years ago, China focused its considerable energy on building Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Ten years ago, Shanghai’s Pudong district went through a similar period of growth, and is now home to some of the world’s finest architecture. More recently, China has focused its energies on the Bin Hai New Area. Located on the edge of the Bohai Bay in Tianjin, and just a forty-five minute train ride from Beijing, the focus of the area’s development is the TEDA economic development area.

In the heart of TEDA a block of towers is under construction, including one that will be the world’s third tallest. Twenty to thirty-thousand people will visit or work on this block each working day. The entry experience most will experience will not be the grand lobbies of the towers, but instead the system of tunnels that lead to the underground parking structures.

GDW was contracted by the TEDA government to design the entry canopies and interior skins of those entry tunnels. GDW’s concept has two major features. First, the tunnel entries. GDW designed a light, flowing, cloud like entry canopy evocative of movement and motion. At night, color changing lights give the canopies an altogether different character, and their quality of movement is enhanced.

Our design of the tunnels themselves had two primary goals. First, as with the canopies, our design, a series of liquid, flowing bands of color, evokes movement and energy. Second, along with creating an entry experience for towers, our work is intended to help orient people in the two and a half kilometer long system of tunnels. Our concept, the four seasons, which also relate in China to the four points of the compass, are expressed in both the colors of the seasons and a series of two dimensional icons evocative of those seasons.

GDW | Destination Design | Expert design studio creating places people love.

Residential Architect | Raptor + Conch

Malibu, California, USA
3,545 SF

Residential Architect | There is a spot in Malibu where the coastal plain meets the Santa Monica Mountains, the place where the sea and the mountains meet.
The Raptor and Conch House lives in that spot. The tightly wound form of the conch, a metaphor for the sea, provides space for the living room, dining room and master bedroom. The sweeping form of the raptor, the metaphor for the mountains enclose the balance of the house. The entry to the home is in the place where they meet.
Sweeping forms on a Cartesian backbone, layers, transparency and metaphor. This home encapsulates the spirit of our design.
Residential Architect | Malibu design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, residences that delight.

GDWbook


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249

Master Planners | Master Planning Works


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249

Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love.

Master Plan: a comprehensive or far-reaching plan of action.

Master plan has many meanings. Generally refers to comprehensive plans or strategies. In design, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, the terms masterplan, master plan, or master planning, commonly refer to:

  • strategic placement of facilities and spaces
  • scale or relative size
  • location
  • proximity
  • functional relationship [with respect to components of a city, area, neighborhood, site, building, room, etc.]

The focus, however, of any good master plan is not on the physical aspects of the plan, but on the GUESTS that will use the plan, and on the EXPERIENCE they will enjoy once in the proposed place.

For our purposes, Master Plan refers to an actionable set of deliverables describing the essence of a place, its components, and its magic. Deliverables necessary for this description typically include a site plan, tenant plan, functional diagrams, bird’s-eye and POV [eye level] renderings, image photos and an economic strategy and feasibility plan.

Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love.

Retail Architect | Destination Design


Warning: number_format() expects parameter 1 to be double, string given in /home/gdwadmin1/globaldesignworkshop.com/wp-content/themes/globaldesignworkshop/functions/functions-posttype-portfolio.php on line 249

Retail Architect | What is Destination Design? 4 Necessary Ingredients

What is a Destination Design? What is a Retail destination? The Apple dictionary defines a definition as follows:

destination |ˌdestəˈnā sh ən|

noun

the place to which someone or something is going or being sent : a popular destination for golfers.

adjective

being a place that people will make a special trip to visit : a destination restaurant.
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Latin destinatio(n-), from destinare ‘make firm, establish.’ The original sense was [the action of intending someone or something for a particular purpose,] later [being destined for a particular place,] hence (from the early 19th cent.) the place itself.

Obvious. But when a retail architect is designing in the context of created places, what makes a great retail destination, and what makes people want to go there, stay there and be there?

1. People

People want to got to a retail destination because other people, many other people, go there. People want to be there, like to be there. The primary reason people go to successful retail destinations is because other people go there - because crowds of people go there. People go to watch people, be with people, meet people.

People are the single most important form of entertainment. The best movie watched in an empty theater falls flat. An exceptional meal in an empty restaurant is not enjoyed but endured. A crowded theme park frustrates, but an empty park is no fun at all. An empty resort is spooky and odd, and an empty urban town center is frightening and perhaps dangerous. One traveling to a resort seeking serenity will likely do so only if others have previously done so and vouched for the quality of the experience.

2. Choices

People go to a retail destination because they have chosen to do so. This is at the essence of the definition of destination design. They could easily choose to go elsewhere. Whether traveling on foot, by car or by plane, they have embarked on a trip with the express purpose of ending up in a specific destination. Once they have decided to make a trip, they have choices - they could just as easily walk, drive or fly to any number of other destinations. It it therefore imperative that a retail destination provide potential guests with reasons for it to be their choice. A retail architect must create a place with wide appeal, unique experiences, and perceived value or cache.

3. People Want to BE There

People choose to travel to a destination because they want to be there. Great retail destinations have a magical quality. While one considers pragmatic concerns, such as travel time, cost, parking and ease of use, when selecting a destination it is the magic of a place that attracts the masses. The most successful destinations often are often very difficult to use, in part because they are so successful. Venice, Italy, is horribly crowded, difficult to access and very expensive; yet magical and one of the earth’s most visited destinations. Venice has magic – an attraction difficult to define, yet remarkable to experience.

When pragmatic issues are equal, and often when they are not, people will decide to go where they most want to be.

4. Entertainment

Because people desire to be in a place resplendent with magical quality, entertainment is a common thread in most great destinations. Whether the destination is an active participant in the entertainment, such as a theme park with its shows and rides, a cultural center with movies, plays or a concerts, or a passive participant, such as a retail center with fabulous architecture, people watching, shopping and dining, the entertainment provides an element of escape. A successful retail architect knows escape from the cares and concerns of everyday life creates magic.

Resort Architect | Hongfeng Spa Resort

China, Guiyang
2,310,000 m²

Near the city of Guiyang in China's Guizhou province is a large and beautiful lake, Hongfeng Hu. The name means Red Maple Lake, fitting, as the lake is surrounded by mountains populated with Red Maple trees.

On a beautiful lakeside site, resplendent with mountains, valleys and a couple of smaller lakes, GDW created Hongfeng Spa Resort. Complete with a lakeside resort village, resort hotels, a water park, theme park and themed residential neighborhoods, this resort makes the most of this fabulous setting.

Hongfeng Spa Resort is a resort with something for everyone. Experiences have been designed for all ages, for you and old, active and inactive, rich and middle class. A truly spectacular family resort.

Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.

DESIGN ARCHITECT NIGHT BLUE1
Destination Design | One of the fastest growing areas on the planet is China’s Bin Hai New Area. Twenty years ago, China focused its considerable energy on building Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Ten years ago, Shanghai’s Pudong district went through a similar period of growth, and is now home to some of the world’s finest architecture. More recently, China has focused its energies on the Bin Hai New Area. Located on the edge of the Bohai Bay in Tianjin, and just a forty-five minute train ride from Beijing, the focus of the area’s development is the TEDA economic development area. In the heart of TEDA a block of towers is under construction, including one that will be the world’s third tallest. Twenty to thirty-thousand people will visit or work on this block each working day. The entry experience most will experience will not be the grand lobbies of the towers, but instead the system of tunnels that lead to the underground parking structures. GDW was contracted by the TEDA government to design the entry canopies and interior skins of those entry tunnels. GDW’s concept has two major features. First, the tunnel entries. GDW designed a light, flowing, cloud like entry canopy evocative of movement and motion. At night, color changing lights give the canopies an altogether different character, and their quality of movement is enhanced. Our design of the tunnels themselves had two primary goals. First, as with the canopies, our design, a series of liquid, flowing bands of color, evokes movement and energy. Second, along with creating an entry experience for towers, our work is intended to help orient people in the two and a half kilometer long system of tunnels. Our concept, the four seasons, which also relate in China to the four points of the compass, are expressed in both the colors of the seasons and a series of two dimensional icons evocative of those seasons. GDW | Destination Design | Expert design studio creating places people love.
Master Planning | Urban Design
Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love. Master Plan: a comprehensive or far-reaching plan of action. Master plan has many meanings. Generally refers to comprehensive plans or strategies. In design, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, the terms masterplan, master plan, or master planning, commonly refer to:
  • strategic placement of facilities and spaces
  • scale or relative size
  • location
  • proximity
  • functional relationship [with respect to components of a city, area, neighborhood, site, building, room, etc.]
The focus, however, of any good master plan is not on the physical aspects of the plan, but on the GUESTS that will use the plan, and on the EXPERIENCE they will enjoy once in the proposed place. For our purposes, Master Plan refers to an actionable set of deliverables describing the essence of a place, its components, and its magic. Deliverables necessary for this description typically include a site plan, tenant plan, functional diagrams, bird’s-eye and POV [eye level] renderings, image photos and an economic strategy and feasibility plan. Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love.
Master plan urban07
Click to download project Master Planning | Endless variety within a distinctly unified identity', one of our primary master planning principles, creates a place appealing to a wide variety of people; a place enticing to them, whatever their mood or appetite; whatever the season, time of day or day of the week. The TEDA PROMENADE Master Plan exemplifies this principle. Our design makes a grand statement by organizing its facilities around a central thematic element, an elliptical lagoon. The Lagoon is the entertainment, the environmental nucleus that creates the stage set for each component piece. This extroverted approach allows guests to remain constantly oriented within the whole of the place, while a major assembly of icons encourages them to move throughout the site. This structure of development is consistent with modern urban core developments and the exposition style of recent World Fairs. The space we created is home to a world class soccer stadium and convention center, and the future home of a major retail and entertainment center, as well as 5000 homes in over 40 towers. Master Planning | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.
urban architect, urban design firm, urban design architect, urban design consultant, urban design services, urban designer, american urban designer, new town architect, new town design, new town master planning
Urban Design Click to download project One the edge of Chengdu, GlobalDesign is creating a concept for uniquely engaging riverfront new city. The Client’s program called for a thoroughly Art DecoCity and GDW has thoroughly researched the best examples of the style. DecoCity celebrates the Deco movement. GDW focused on two planning of our urban planning principles, quality of life and unique identity. With its active city center, parks and gathering places, places that laud nature and extol sport and radial arrangement of canals and pedestrian pathways, DecoCity celebrates living. DecoCity’s unique identity goes beyond style. From the “Rising Sun” form determinate suggestive of China’s place in the world, to formal Deco geometry, and typically Deco skyline, DecoCity redefines urban branding. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight. The two primary goals for a truly sustainable city are, without question, quality lifestyle and identity. Why? When one puts political agendas aside, it is obvious that the single largest commitment of environmental resources required of a city is the construction of the city itself. A city that is loved, that people enjoy living in and are proud to call home is a city that will remain intact for generations. Ironically, cities and the structures they are made of are typically awarded sustainability points for the ease of which they can be recycled. We believe that this is a fallacy. We wonder why a well designed city should have reason to be recycled. Searching the annals of history, we are aware of no city that provided quality of life, no city that made its residents proud, that was subsequently subjected to the rigors of recycling. Not, in any event, without the help of an invading enemy army! This is not to say that we reject all the principles of sustainable city design. We simply find most redundant. Why is it necessary, for example, to award points based on transport? Moving people easily, effectively and pleasantly through a city has always been a major goal for planners (except, perhaps, during medieval times, when it was a greater concern to make it difficult for invaders to navigate city streets then for residents to easily move around). A city that forces its residents to remain immobile or sit in traffic is not a city that provides quality of life. A city that makes circulation pleasant does, however, provide an enviable lifestyle. Should not the desire to create pleasant strolls and easy commutes be of paramount priority for the urban planner? Is not the process of awarding points for public transport directed more specifically to special interest lobbies than to those who will call a city their home? We reject the notion of designing based on checklists created by academia and special interests. We favor cities designed for people. We reject the notion that people will work to preserve their city because of the ease of which it can be recycled. Instead, we seek to create places that capture the hearts of inhabitants. A people proud of a city will maintain and preserve it, making sure the precious natural resources invested in its creation will benefit generations to come.
urban architect, urban design firm, urban design architect, urban design consultant, urban design services, urban designer, american urban designer, new town architect, new town design, new town master planning
Click to download project Urban Design | Located at the convergence of the Haihe River and two ancient and legendary canals, SAN CHA KOU can truly be called the birthplace of the modern Chinese city of Tianjin. This proposal for the redevelopment of SAN CHA KOU is designed to initiate Tianjin’s long-term redevelopment plans for the Haihe River, plans that will completely transform the city. Our concept for SAN CHA KOU showcases this transformation, setting an example for future designers of how to celebrate the river’s edge. It will set the standard for development, dramatically improving the quality of life of those who live, work or play within this area. Most importantly, it will help Tianjin achieve international recognition as a remarkable place to live and work. The project includes a city park, a retail and entertainment center, two museums, five high-rise residential towers and blocks of medium density mixed-use. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.
master plan architect, master plan design, master planner, master plan consultant, us master planner, american master planner, master planning services
Urban Design Click to download project Imagine BUTTERFLY CITY is civic poetry. The entire city has taken on the form of a graceful Korean butterfly. The butterfly is a metaphor for beauty, movement, energy, grace and most appropriately, transformation; transformation into something far more beautiful, far more noteworthy. Further, the form of a butterfly has great practical value for a city planner. It has a linear, compact core that performs all the basic functions, and wings gridded by veins that draw energy and strength from the center. Imagine BUTTERFLY CITY is unique to Korea – in fact it is unique to the world. It will be the substance behind the Imagine Aphae resort, the economic engine behind the entire Imagine Sinan Resort. This city, the future home to 30 to 35,000 people, will provide a standard of living unmatched in Korea. The design for the city, based on North American innovation and Korean pragmatism, seeks to create a fabric of urban edges and open green space. Butterfly city references North American New Town Planning, the planning of the waterfront cities San Diego and Vancouver, and some of the best and most recent planning work done in Seoul. The city is situated just north of the Imagine Aphae resort, spanning from water on the west to water on the east. The city is bifurcated by the main access route that connects the resort to the boat terminal. The future Sinan Gun administration building sits just west of this access. This building is necessarily central to the city, and needs to be surrounded, on its south side by commercial space and residential space. The prime public spaces, however are on the waterfront, both east and west of the administration building. This creates somewhat of a conflict, one that is addressed by surrounding the administration building and the waterfronts in ellipses, and by connecting the ellipse of the primary waterfront to the ellipse of the administration building with a great circle. The waving “line” that connects all three spaces becomes the commercial core of the city. The great circle, and the area just to the east of the circle, form the highest density residential neighborhood. Concentric rings of steadily decreasing density form the remainder of the city. Thus the administration building, commercial core, and two great open spaces form the body of the butterfly, tidal flat observation piers form its antennae, and the residential neighborhoods form its wings. Parks and schools accent those wings, forming the figurative “eyes” common to the wings of many butterflies. Primary vehicular access is from a bridge connecting Aphae-do to nearby Mockbo, which then feeds the above mentioned primary island access road. This access road becomes a major north south artery for the city, and is one of four roads connecting city and resort. Secondary to this is a ring road that creates the city’s great circle, and additional arteries that outline the wings. The streets have been carefully planned to allow for great street trees and landscape strips and islands. In many ways, the quality of a city is the quality of its streets. The streets of BUTTERFLY CITY are patterned off those of some of the world’s cities. Cars are augmented by rail in BUTTERFLY CITY. There is a monorail planned to connect Mockbo, the resort, city and port. Further, the commercial core of the city is defined by a trolley that runs continually from ellipse to ellipse, coast to coast, tying the city together. Every home in the city is within a reasonable walk to this core – the trolley gives residents access to the remainder of the city, while creating a layer of charm and appeal not previously seen. As BUTTERFLY CITY is an island city, water is brought into the city to give greater access to the waterfront. Water wraps around the primary core, and a circular canal connects the county building to the coast, providing a linear park of water, landscape and biking and walking trails for the residents of the highest density area. This carefully constructed network of core, roads, public spaces, canals and parks, as well as the great quality of its streets, commercial center and public spaces result in a standard of living the equal of which will be difficult to find in Asia. Imagine BUTTERFLY CITY – a city as beautiful as its namesake, as livable as any in the world. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at designing places people love, destinations that delight.
urban architect, urban design firm, urban design architect, urban design consultant, urban design services, urban designer, american urban designer, new town architect, new town design, new town master planning
Click to download project Urban Design | Directly across the Haihe River from our Haihe Beach Park, on a grand point formerly occupied bt a chemical plant, is the 1.5 million m2 site of Haihe River South, or the Moon and the Ribbon Walk. We created the Haihe Beach Park in order to show the people of Tanggu that the riverfront could be an engaging place to visit. The intent of Haihe River South is to show the people of the city that the riverfront can also be an enjoyable place to live, work and play. The place we created addresses each of those needs. The residential neighborhoods are very high density, yet preserve sun access and maximize views and open space. The mixed-use work district maximizes river views and integrates well with the residential. All areas of the plan celebrate the water. One of our most basic design principles involves creating metaphors. The crescent moon shaped entertainment island and the ribbon shaped waterfront park refer to a well known Chinese poem. Use of this metaphor effectively inculcates the place with enormous emotional appeal to the people of Tanggu. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.
05_HaiheBeachPark_Photo
Click to download project Urban Design | The Haihe River is the most intriguing asset of the Chinese city of Tanggu. Yet until recently, it was also its greatest liability. Hidden behind seawalls, littered with abandoned chemical factories, and filled with their by-products, no one in Tanggu had any desire to go anywhere near the Haihe River, let alone live, work or play there. Our visionary client, Tanggu’s mayor, charged us with creating a one kilometer long riverfront park that would change perceptions of the river, its value and its potential. We deployed one of our primary public space principals - create a place made up of a variety of spaces, each with varied appeal to young and old, men and women, rich and poor. We further announced its importance with three larger-than-life icons, metaphors to the river and the movement of the water. The Haihe Beach Park has entirely changed the character of Tanggu and its riverfront. More significantly, it has given the people of Tanggu a vision for a better future. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.
02_HaiheRiver_Diagram
Urban Design | GDW design principal Brent Thompson created the Haihe River Beach Park to add value to the city of Tanggu’s riverfront property by showing the population of the city the riverfront could be a wonderful place to work, live and play. Following the creation of the park, Mr. Thompson created an overall master plan, a blueprint for the development of the riverfront as it winds its way through this rapidly growing city, home to China’s second largest port. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.
01_BlossomTanggu_Masterplan_Masterplan
Urban Design Click to download project The City of Tanggu is the home of the port of Beijing and Tianjin. Under its young and forward looking leadership, Tanggu is emerging from the shadow of those two great cities, creating a presence of its own. The mayor of Tanggu asked us to create a park and a sculptural icon at the city’s entrance that would immediately communicate to all those arriving both the spirit of the city, and the quality of life it provides. The icon, Blossom Tanggu, combines the beauty of a flower blossom and the power of a rising wave. Both are metaphors for surging potential, while the combination of strength and beauty are particularly powerful in China. The park furthers these metaphors, reminds visitors of the city’s seaside presence, and includes a plethora of activities to ensure that it will always be filled with people, thus communicating the city’s quality of life. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at designing places people love, destinations that delight.
town center architecture design blog, town center architecture design firm, town center design blog, town center design consultation, town center architect, town center architect design consultation, town center architects, town center design, town center design architect, town center master planner
Town Center Planner Click to download project Our work on Bon Carré was as much a social movement as it was a master planning and retail design exercise. Bon Marché, a once booming mall on what was then the outskirts of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had become an inner city wasteland as the city grew past the old mall. The mall became home to the highest crime rate in the city. Additionally, the people of Baton Rouge frequently complain that the town has no center, no place to walk. We addressed both of these issues by creating an upscale town center, complete with a million dollar park, right in front of the newly christened Bon Carré. The idea was to bring the “gentry” back to declare the area safe, allowing the middle class to reoccupy the mall as well as the new town center. Town Center Planner | Expert planning studio expert at master planning and architectural design of town centers that delight, places people love.
town center architecture design blog, town center architecture design firm, town center design blog, town center design consultation, town center architect, town center architect design consultation, town center architects, town center design, town center design architect, town center master planner
Click to download project Town Center Planner | The design of the TEDA Phoenix Center, with its asymmetrically sweeping wings contrasting with its axially aligned circles and ellipses, brings to mind the grand feathers of a Chinese Phoenix bird. Considered auspicious throughout China, the Phoenix is swift as it is light, beautiful in color, charming in song. The Phoenix is a sign of harmony and prosperity in China, and Phoenix feathers symbolize precious and rare objects or people. The plan has been carefully divided into three unique and singular zones. To the south is the commercial zone, the energetic heart of not only this development, but of the larger, contiguous master-planned development as well. To the northeast, the Phoenix wing shaped mixed-use facility derives its shape from the raised monorail line that curves through the site. The third zone, in the northwest, is largely residential in character, with carefully sculpted low-rise buildings enjoying coveted southern exposures, and five mid-rise towers with very small footprints that acknowledge and celebrate the valuable exposure that the train line brings to this site. Town Center Planner | Expert planning studio expert at master planning and architectural design of town centers that delight, places people love.
mixed-use, mixed-use architect, mixed-use design, mixed-use consultant, mixed-use designer, urban design master planner, urban design concept architecture, master planning, mixed-use design
Retail Architect Click to download project Tanggu City is located in the heart of China’s Bin Hai new area, and the Tanggu Towers Mixed-use project is to be located in the heart of Tanggu. The site, a solid city block, is surrounded by a cacophony of buildings, signs and shops, each calling louder then the next for attention. The architecture is loud, the colors are loud, the lighting screams louder yet. In locations like this, the best way to call attention to oneself is to set oneself apart from the noise, to be the calm in the midst of the frenzy. GDW’s design for the Tanggu Towers creates a facade of quiet sophistication, a radical departure from the surroundings, a project that vehemently sets itself apart by providing a place of quiet for the eyes of every person on the street. It’s towers, one a hotel, another serviced apartments and six others residential, are generally teutonic and rigid, though bits of whimsy at times interrupts their cartesian formality. Inside the project, however, is an energetic heart that magically contrasts with reserve of its exterior. A retail street, entered by passing between the twin towers that line the main street, cascades down several levels, maximizes the value of the land while maintaining an above ground feel. Tanggu Towers, a calmly sophisticated facade with a vibrant, beating heart at its core. Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.
Malibu House Architect10
Residential Architect | There is a spot in Malibu where the coastal plain meets the Santa Monica Mountains, the place where the sea and the mountains meet. The Raptor and Conch House lives in that spot. The tightly wound form of the conch, a metaphor for the sea, provides space for the living room, dining room and master bedroom. The sweeping form of the raptor, the metaphor for the mountains enclose the balance of the house. The entry to the home is in the place where they meet. Sweeping forms on a Cartesian backbone, layers, transparency and metaphor. This home encapsulates the spirit of our design. Residential Architect | Malibu design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, residences that delight.
Master Planning | Urban Design
Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love. Master Plan: a comprehensive or far-reaching plan of action. Master plan has many meanings. Generally refers to comprehensive plans or strategies. In design, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, the terms masterplan, master plan, or master planning, commonly refer to:
  • strategic placement of facilities and spaces
  • scale or relative size
  • location
  • proximity
  • functional relationship [with respect to components of a city, area, neighborhood, site, building, room, etc.]
The focus, however, of any good master plan is not on the physical aspects of the plan, but on the GUESTS that will use the plan, and on the EXPERIENCE they will enjoy once in the proposed place. For our purposes, Master Plan refers to an actionable set of deliverables describing the essence of a place, its components, and its magic. Deliverables necessary for this description typically include a site plan, tenant plan, functional diagrams, bird’s-eye and POV [eye level] renderings, image photos and an economic strategy and feasibility plan. Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love.
01_Tianjin_MasterPlan
Click to download project Residential Architect | GDW’s approach to designing residential communities in the countryside is based on our belief that there is little advantage to living in the country in a living situation typical of a city. We have, therefore, taken advantage of our site’s high water table to create a large lake and surrounding canal, allowing most homes to enjoy waterfront locations. Further, lakeside homes are always valued, though waterfront homes exclusively located on islands are more valuable still. We therefore carved a number of unique and special islands within the lake, leaving between them a system of romantic canals, featuring summer time rowing and winter time skating, and larger bodies of water for big views and all sorts of water sports. Islands also provides for the need of people to gather, shop, mingle and dine together with two spectacular water front clubs and a vibrant, central and energetic mixed-use town center. Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.
entrance design, residential entrance design, residential entry, residential entry gate, residential entry gate design, entry gate design, architectural entry gate design, residential entrance, entry gate design firm, entry gate architecture firm
Residential Architect | Rose Valley features architecture with elements both authentically historical and quintessentially modern. GDW’s task when creating the main entry was first to celebrate the contrast of these elements, and in so doing preface the architecture of the entire project, second to frame the entry and transition arriving residents and visitors from the outside world to the magic of Rose Valley, and third, to provide ticketing facilities and security for the expected hundreds of thousands of visitors who will daily wander Rose Valley’s fields of roses. GDW first created a traditional stone archway, based on extensive research of Roman aqueducts and Italian gates. Next, we created a series of dynamically sculpted walls of stone, rusted steel and climbing roses, modern in form and execution. These walls, some of which also form dramatic waterfalls, create a sense of arrival, of movement, energy and of modernity. They also, quite practically, shield the ticketing and security functions from public views, allowing the gate to function as it must while appearing entirely ornamental. Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.
clubhouse design, clubhouse architecture, clubhouse, clubhouse designer, clubhouse design firm, clubhouse design company, clubhouse architecture firm, modern clubhouse, clubhouse design consultant, clubhouse design services
Click to download project Rose Valley, as the name implies, features outstanding villas surrounded by vast fields of roses. The defining architectural concept of Rose Valley is that of contrast – old and new, solid and transparent, building and farm. GDW’s three primary goals for the clubhouse are first to create a place that is impressive yet incredibly comfortable and welcoming; second to create a single building expressive of all of the project’s finest features; and third, to showcase the stunning views of water and roses that homeowners will daily enjoy. The building we have created accomplishes all three of these goals. At street side, visitors are greeted by a grand Tuscan hall and a beautifully proportioned stone Tuscan tower. Carefully joined to the hall, in much the same way that old and new are frequently combined in Italy, is a modern wing of stone, glass and copper. Upon entering the hall, visitors are at once awed and welcomed by an enormous hall with ancient terra cotta floors, towering timber columns, and an enormous traditional European fireplace filled with a roaring fire. Flanking the hall is a formal, old school restaurant and a traditional, yet comfortable and welcoming, library lounge. Axial to the front door of the clubhouse is an opening overlooking a spacious modern hall – unexpected in its context, yet foreshadowed by the modern piece at the buildings entry. One’s view naturally continues along the axis to what may be the clubhouse’s finest feature – a huge wall of glass with seemingly endless views of fields of roses. Thus the Rose Valley Clubhouse accomplishes each of GDW’s goals. It is impressive yet makes one feel at home; it celebrates contrasting architecture, and serves as a frame for Rose Valley’s exceptional views. Clubhouse Architect | California design studio expert at designing clubhouses and residential projects people love, places that delight.
residential design, residential architecture, residential architects, residential architect, residential firm, residential design firm, residential architecture firm, residential architecture company, home design, house design
Click to download project There is a spot in Malibu where the coastal plain meets the Santa Monica Mountains, the place where the sea and the mountains meet. The Raptor and Conch House lives in that spot. The tightly wound form of the conch, a metaphor for the sea, provides space for the living room, dining room and master bedroom. The sweeping form of the raptor, the metaphor for the mountains enclose the balance of the house. The entry to the home is in the place where they meet. Sweeping forms on a Cartesian backbone, layers, transparency and metaphor. This home encapsulates the spirit of our design. Home Architect | Malibu design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that families love, places that delight.
residential towers, residential tower design, residential tower architecture, residential tower designers, residential tower architects, residential apartment design, apartment design, residential apartment architects, residential skyscrapers, residential skyscraper design
Click to download project Residential Architect | Our design for the residential towers for TEDA, in Tianjin, China, focuses on two principles. First, the desire to create towers that make a bold statement and communicate at a glance the spirit of our client, TEDA. Second, the need to create a pragmatic solution to a down to earth challenge. Housing is an architectural discipline that must address the most pragmatic of needs, including sun orientation and views. While these principles are superficially at odds with one another, resolving this conflict resulted in the most compelling of solutions. The form of these buildings is decisive and expressive, yet every unit has a southern exposure, an abundance of glass, and a stunning view. The result is quite compelling. Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.
residential design, residential architecture, residential architects, residential architect, residential firm, residential design firm, residential architecture firm, residential architecture company, home design, house design
Click to download project Residential Architect | Built on the site once occupied by the bunkhouse of one of Malibu’s oldest and most renowned farms, the Zuma Meadow Farm captures the spirit and simplicity of traditional California farmhouses. Rustic but polished, comfortable yet graceful, valuable yet unpretentious, solid and stable, history and a story. The home’s rustic historicism is achieved through extensive use of reclaimed materials. Features include a heavy timber frame constructed of hand hewn and rough sawn timbers as much as 150 years old, reclaimed terra cotta, oak and limestone floors from Italy, and stone and reclaimed barn-wood cladding. New materials used were carefully selected to coordinate with the old. Examples include Corten “rusty” roofing and a pervious concrete driveway that has the look and absorption of decomposed granite without the mess and maintenance issues. The Zuma Meadow Farm consists of an “original” farmhouse and its two barns. One barn has been connected to the farmhouse and “converted” into living space. California’s stringent earthquake code required that the home’s hand hewn timber frame and trusses be augmented with a significant amount of steel. The design and construction, however, carefully conceal all steel and connections, and the result is reminiscent of a historic Amish timber frame barn. The timber frame in the house proper features rough sawn, old growth softwoods reclaimed from demolished warehouses in the Pacific Northwest. The required heavy steel frame in this part of the house has also been carefully concealed, lending the house the look and feel of historic farmhouse or lodge. Endless variety within a distinctly unified identity. Residential Architect | Malibu design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.
26_CHP_Residential_Design
Click to download project Residential Architect | Chengdu, China, is a place of obvious architectural contrast. The city is home to some of China’s finest modern commercial architecture, yet ringed with villas that are distinctly historically associative in design. When GDW was engaged to design the villas of Rose Valley, we were tasked with creating homes of historical European architecture. While this architectural style is effective at creating a sense of timelessness, strength and security, it is not as effective at facilitating a modern lifestyle, or at providing great views – of critical import for this project as the villas all have backyards of fields of roses. When tasked with creating historically associative architecture, GDW focuses on two primary principles. This first is that the architecture should be literal and authentic, based on sound research of the best examples of a given style. Second, we like to contrast old and new, to provide for the client’s desire to create a timeless environment without sacrificing the modern lifestyle. Adherence to these principles led us to create homes that are traditional at the street edge, and modern at the back. Thus the houses are rich and secure at the front, and wide open to the stunning views at the back. Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Resort Architect | GDW developed the concept for the Flower Islands with several simple goals in mind: the project should be visible from outer space, the concept should be simple and obvious and highly suggestive of a resort, and it should be both unique in the world while celebrating the best of Korea. Based on these goals, we studied the world renowned Palm Islands in Dubai and developed the concept for the Flower Islands of Korea. At its core, our concept was to create concentrated developments on the islands of Korea that largely leave the surrounding natural environment intact and untouched, allowing guests to enjoy the islands in their natural state, just as our research team enjoyed them on our initial visits. The flower concept, in addition to creating a metaphor obviously suggestive a resort experience, creates an energetic core for the resort, a place people can meet and gather, while preserving the surrounding nature, wrapping it around the resort’s edges. The flowers are further respectful of both the local culture and topography, creating peaceful petals connected to a lively bud. This concept represents GDW’s core philosophy for resort design: create an energetic village, and leave the balance of the site in its peaceful and natural condition for guests to appreciate and enjoy. Resort Architect | Destination design studio creating resorts that delight.
Resort Architect
Near the city of Guiyang in China's Guizhou province is a large and beautiful lake, Hongfeng Hu. The name means Red Maple Lake, fitting, as the lake is surrounded by mountains populated with Red Maple trees. On a beautiful lakeside site, resplendent with mountains, valleys and a couple of smaller lakes, GDW created Hongfeng Spa Resort. Complete with a lakeside resort village, resort hotels, a water park, theme park and themed residential neighborhoods, this resort makes the most of this fabulous setting. Hongfeng Spa Resort is a resort with something for everyone. Experiences have been designed for all ages, for you and old, active and inactive, rich and middle class. A truly spectacular family resort. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.
Master Planning | Urban Design
Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love. Master Plan: a comprehensive or far-reaching plan of action. Master plan has many meanings. Generally refers to comprehensive plans or strategies. In design, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, the terms masterplan, master plan, or master planning, commonly refer to:
  • strategic placement of facilities and spaces
  • scale or relative size
  • location
  • proximity
  • functional relationship [with respect to components of a city, area, neighborhood, site, building, room, etc.]
The focus, however, of any good master plan is not on the physical aspects of the plan, but on the GUESTS that will use the plan, and on the EXPERIENCE they will enjoy once in the proposed place. For our purposes, Master Plan refers to an actionable set of deliverables describing the essence of a place, its components, and its magic. Deliverables necessary for this description typically include a site plan, tenant plan, functional diagrams, bird’s-eye and POV [eye level] renderings, image photos and an economic strategy and feasibility plan. Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love.
01_ChengPoLake_Siteplan
Master Planning | The Joseon kings treasured the Secret Garden in Seoul’s Changdeok Palace as a favored escape. Resplendent in natural beauty and immediately accessible from the working portion of the palace, it provided daily opportunities for respite and relief, and kept the kings in perfect harmony with nature. Today the hard working residents of Seoul continue to find respite in this magical place that so beautifully contrasts with the dense urban world surrounding its walls. The Secret Garden at Chang Po Eco Lake will be just such a place. Immediately adjacent to Muan Enterprise City and Muan International Airport, it will afford Muan’s residents and guests the opportunity to live and play in perfect harmony with nature without leaving their city. In the crowded and competitive world of international enterprise cities, the lifestyle facilitated by the Secret Garden will set Muan apart, and enable Muan to attract a highly skilled and diversified workforce. The Lotus House floats on piles over the floating lotuses of the Buyongji Pond in Changdeokgung’s Secret Garden, living in the environment without damaging the environment. In fact, the environment is made more beautiful by the Lotus House. In a similar fashion, the homes, boardwalks, commercial and entertainment facilities of Muan’s Secret Garden will be perched on piles, floating over reed filled wetlands, surrounded by snowy egrets and schools of fish. The architecture, upholstered in natural wood, metals and stone, will be in complete harmony with nature. The wetlands and lake itself will be extensively cleaned and enhanced, and migrant bird habitats will be carefully crafted at the water’s edge. The Muan lifestyle will be enhanced by opportunities to live, work, play and relax surrounded by the lake’s fresh, clean waters. The Secret Garden will include a variety of housing types, varying in style, relationship to the lake and in density. Waterfront villas, each with its own boat dock, will float on stilts above the reeds that line the water’s edge. Town homes with boat docks will line canals, affording beautiful views for every home and immediate access to the lake. A marina, surrounded with denser condominiums, will provide another opportunity to live on the water, an ideal situation for boating enthusiasts and romantics alike. Guests will find a great variety of options for short or long term stays in the Secret Garden. Overnight guests in transit at Muan International Airport will be serviced by a beautiful hotel situated on a point in the lake, while those taking advantage of the business and conference center or the adjacent golf courses will be treated to resort like accommodations on an island in the lake. For long term guests, always a fixture in an international business park, the Marina will include serviced apartments. Those more interested in shopping, dining entertainment and cultural pursuits will find serviced apartments adjacent to the commercial district. Places that accommodate rich, activity filled lifestyles attract international businesses. The Secret Garden will provide a plethora of ways to shop, play and learn. A retail and entertainment center at the heart of the Garden will include shops, restaurants, cinemas and an entertainment pier sporting a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and numerous game booths. An island lake will include a wonderfully themed restaurant and a beautifully situated teahouse. Water sports entertainment will include a year around water themed park and spa, a yacht club and water sports center and the Marina. Eco Lake itself will provide areas for motor sports such as water skiing, sailing regattas, and kayak trips though the wetlands. Enjoyment of activities provided by the Secret Garden will not be limited to residents, members or paying guests. Public offerings will include a public park, a wetlands study center, public beaches, trails and a civic amphitheater. The Secret Garden at Chang Po Eco Lake will offer residents and guests of Muan Enterprise City opportunities to pursue rewarding careers without sacrificing a rich and varied lifestyle. Like the kings of old, they will have immediate access to this magical place, this place so close to where they work, yet so very far apart. Master Planning | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.
RESORT MASTER PLANNER | 2018 Winter Olympics | GlobalDesign Workshop | Brent Thompson
Resort Architect Click to download project Click to download press release We are proud to announce that the GDW master planned Alpensia Resort Village, in South Korea’s Pyeonchang region, won the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics with a decisive win over rivals Munich of Germany and Annecy of France. In the mountainous center of the Korean peninsula there is a beautiful place appropriately named Peace Valley. Our clients asked us to create Alpensia in this valley, a resort unlike any other in Korea as well as facilities to support Korea’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The InterContinental Hotel Group has recently announced that they will operate Alpensia’s three main hotels - a luxury resort hotel and two family hotels. GlobalDesign Workshop’s design creates the critical mass necessary to make a major international resort successful. Based on the resort village concept recently rediscovered in North America, continually enjoyed in Europe, and now deployed in Asia, the village includes an energetic combination of hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and condominiums. The concentration of energy and facilities this concept generates has the additional benefit of leaving much of the beautiful site untouched. Seasonality is one of the biggest challenges faced by the tourism industry. Thus, we have incorporated a host of year around activities, including a wellness center, a year around board hill, an indoor water park and an outlet shopping village. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Resort Architect Imagine a magical place to start an amazing holiday: a place so captivating that guests’ minds are filled with daydreams of anticipation for weeks before their arrival; fond memories for years after they leave. The Aphae-do Resort is architectural poetry. Its buildings are constructed of simile, their forms determined by metaphor, and the surrounding public spaces carved in allegory. Everywhere there is meaning. And everywhere there is nature. Nature preserved, nature restored, nature celebrated and nature honored. The poetry of the Aphae-do Resort honors the history, culture and natural beauty of this singular place. It celebrates the uniqueness of the Korean Islands. The Aphae Resort meets human needs, nurtures human desires, and inspires human dreams. This is the poetry of the Aphae. People go on holidays to meet basic human needs. Beyond that, they seek Magic. Our design for the Aphae resort creates the magic. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight. Click to download project
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Click to download project Resort Architect | The coastlines of Incheon’s Yongyu and Muui islands are extraordinary places. Peaceful coves, each singular in character, sheltered and separated by pine-covered hills, rocky cliffs and tiny offshore islands. The peaceful attitude belies the close proximity to 20 million people in Seoul, and one East Asia’s busiest international airports. Positionally and historically, these islands are significant as the place where the land meets the sea and where Korea first opened up to the West. Today, by air and by sea, Incheon is arguably Korea’s most important gateway to the world at large. The concept that we have developed for the Yongyu Muui Nautilus and Gull Resort creates a series of unique yet related environments, each carefully placed to enjoy the benefits of the natural beauty of the site, while harmonizing and enhancing its natural condition. The plan suggests nautilus shells and gull wings to metaphorically express the connection between land and sea, between ships and airplanes. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Click to download project CloudLake, a riverfront resort with no lake in sight, is to be built as an “outside the gate” hospitality center to several adjacent theme and water parks. GDW’s concept combines bold geometry and intimate human scale to create a place that has wide appeal to all sorts of people, a place that will extend their stays and encourage them to visit repeatedly. GDW based the project on San Antonio, Texas’ wildly successful Riverwalk, extensively researching that project to gain a thorough understanding of how it works and why people find it so attractive. Riverwalk is a textbook example of a place people love, a place with the quality described by the latin phrase Genius Loci, a place with a magical quality that all recognize but few understand. The designers of GDW have spent their careers studying places with Genius Loci around the world in an effort to understand how that magical quality is achieved. Riverwalk achieves the magic, in part, by completely integrating water in the project. The water isn’t just something that can be seen, it is so close that people are immersed in its nearness. Riverwalk is all about the water: strolling by the water, dining by the water, enjoying music by the water, and riding boats on the water. The water is its magic. CloudLake adopts this theme, fully integrating water with the space, and with the experience guests have when visiting CloudLake. CloudLake combines a Riverwalk like walk street with boutique hotels, a large five star hotel, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues to create an ideal place for those visiting the neighboring theme parks to stay and to spend their evenings. GDW achieves the magic of CloudLake by learning from Riverwalk. Observe, Analyze, Implement. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.  
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Resort Architect Click to download project The Red Sea, with its crystal clear waters and abundant sea life, is one of the world’s fastest developing waterfront destinations. In the heart of this gorgeous region, on a one square kilometer oceanfront site, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his son Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman asked GDW to design a palace for Prince Salman, as well as additional palaces for each of his six sons. The concept we created focused on discovery, privacy and water sports, and took the form of a metaphorical flower lying on the sandy beach. Petals of this tropical flower formed a series of private coves, each the home of an individual palace, its own private beaches, guesthouses, gardens and water sports facilities. At the center of the flower is a community recreation hub, a place for the family to come together to enjoy water sports and evening recreation. Enormous waterfalls tumble down into cool, subterranean pools, and all are surrounded by evening entertainment venues. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Click to download project Resort Architect | Just outside of Chengdu, China, in an area famous for its green tea plantations, GDW created a concept for a year-around lakefront resort development. The hills surrounding the lake are uniquely terraced with row upon row of carefully manicured hedges of tea plants, creating a distinct topography, and suggesting a environment that is both natural and man made. GDW took its conceptual cues from this unique topography, and developed an architecture for the project that mimics the stepped forms of the hills that encircle GreenTea Lake. The resultant structures are distinct and unique, yet at the same time blend beautifully with the surrounding topography. The resort respects and celebrates its environmental context. GDW worked with the client to create a program designed to attract people throughout the year, with activities for each season. Facilities and activities include a central mixed-use village, a waterfront boardwalk, golf, a multitude of water sports, a conference center, a fishing camp, an equestrian center, and a variety of hotel, timeshare and villas to provide accommodations for guests of all age and economic categories. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, relaxing four seasons resorts that delight.
11_AphaePort_Birdseye
Transportation Architect Click to download project The Aphae Port Boat Terminal will be the primary point of departure for all guests traveling to the resorts we are designing for the Sinan Diamond area, an archipelago of nearly 1000 islands near the southwest corner of the Korean peninsula. The architecture of the port facilities transitions guests from urban to island. Beyond that, the structures are particularly figurative. Strong forms, crafted of rusted Core-ten steel, are heavily influenced by the work of the internationally acclaimed artist Richard Serra. The buildings suggest boat and ship bows when seen from the water, fish forms when seen from the air. Facilities include the passenger terminal, ferry landing, hotel, marina and support areas. Long-term parking will be centralized at parking structures located in the center of the site, while short term parking will be provided adjacent to the terminal building. Long-term guests will be transported from parking to terminal by a monorail train. Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.
mixed-use, mixed-use architect, mixed-use design, mixed-use consultant, mixed-use designer, urban design master planner, urban design concept architecture, master planning, mixed-use design
Retail Architect Click to download project Tanggu City is located in the heart of China’s Bin Hai new area, and the Tanggu Towers Mixed-use project is to be located in the heart of Tanggu. The site, a solid city block, is surrounded by a cacophony of buildings, signs and shops, each calling louder then the next for attention. The architecture is loud, the colors are loud, the lighting screams louder yet. In locations like this, the best way to call attention to oneself is to set oneself apart from the noise, to be the calm in the midst of the frenzy. GDW’s design for the Tanggu Towers creates a facade of quiet sophistication, a radical departure from the surroundings, a project that vehemently sets itself apart by providing a place of quiet for the eyes of every person on the street. It’s towers, one a hotel, another serviced apartments and six others residential, are generally teutonic and rigid, though bits of whimsy at times interrupts their cartesian formality. Inside the project, however, is an energetic heart that magically contrasts with reserve of its exterior. A retail street, entered by passing between the twin towers that line the main street, cascades down several levels, maximizes the value of the land while maintaining an above ground feel. Tanggu Towers, a calmly sophisticated facade with a vibrant, beating heart at its core. Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.
Master Planning | Urban Design
Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love. Master Plan: a comprehensive or far-reaching plan of action. Master plan has many meanings. Generally refers to comprehensive plans or strategies. In design, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, the terms masterplan, master plan, or master planning, commonly refer to:
  • strategic placement of facilities and spaces
  • scale or relative size
  • location
  • proximity
  • functional relationship [with respect to components of a city, area, neighborhood, site, building, room, etc.]
The focus, however, of any good master plan is not on the physical aspects of the plan, but on the GUESTS that will use the plan, and on the EXPERIENCE they will enjoy once in the proposed place. For our purposes, Master Plan refers to an actionable set of deliverables describing the essence of a place, its components, and its magic. Deliverables necessary for this description typically include a site plan, tenant plan, functional diagrams, bird’s-eye and POV [eye level] renderings, image photos and an economic strategy and feasibility plan. Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love.
Retail Architect | Master Plans
Retail Architect | What is Destination Design? 4 Necessary Ingredients What is a Destination Design? What is a Retail destination? The Apple dictionary defines a definition as follows: destination |ˌdestəˈnā sh ən| noun

the place to which someone or something is going or being sent : a popular destination for golfers.

adjective

being a place that people will make a special trip to visit : a destination restaurant. ORIGIN late Middle English : from Latin destinatio(n-), from destinare ‘make firm, establish.’ The original sense was [the action of intending someone or something for a particular purpose,] later [being destined for a particular place,] hence (from the early 19th cent.) the place itself.

Obvious. But when a retail architect is designing in the context of created places, what makes a great retail destination, and what makes people want to go there, stay there and be there? 1. People People want to got to a retail destination because other people, many other people, go there. People want to be there, like to be there. The primary reason people go to successful retail destinations is because other people go there - because crowds of people go there. People go to watch people, be with people, meet people. People are the single most important form of entertainment. The best movie watched in an empty theater falls flat. An exceptional meal in an empty restaurant is not enjoyed but endured. A crowded theme park frustrates, but an empty park is no fun at all. An empty resort is spooky and odd, and an empty urban town center is frightening and perhaps dangerous. One traveling to a resort seeking serenity will likely do so only if others have previously done so and vouched for the quality of the experience. 2. Choices People go to a retail destination because they have chosen to do so. This is at the essence of the definition of destination design. They could easily choose to go elsewhere. Whether traveling on foot, by car or by plane, they have embarked on a trip with the express purpose of ending up in a specific destination. Once they have decided to make a trip, they have choices - they could just as easily walk, drive or fly to any number of other destinations. It it therefore imperative that a retail destination provide potential guests with reasons for it to be their choice. A retail architect must create a place with wide appeal, unique experiences, and perceived value or cache. 3. People Want to BE There People choose to travel to a destination because they want to be there. Great retail destinations have a magical quality. While one considers pragmatic concerns, such as travel time, cost, parking and ease of use, when selecting a destination it is the magic of a place that attracts the masses. The most successful destinations often are often very difficult to use, in part because they are so successful. Venice, Italy, is horribly crowded, difficult to access and very expensive; yet magical and one of the earth’s most visited destinations. Venice has magic – an attraction difficult to define, yet remarkable to experience. When pragmatic issues are equal, and often when they are not, people will decide to go where they most want to be. 4. Entertainment Because people desire to be in a place resplendent with magical quality, entertainment is a common thread in most great destinations. Whether the destination is an active participant in the entertainment, such as a theme park with its shows and rides, a cultural center with movies, plays or a concerts, or a passive participant, such as a retail center with fabulous architecture, people watching, shopping and dining, the entertainment provides an element of escape. A successful retail architect knows escape from the cares and concerns of everyday life creates magic.
retail design firm, retail design, retail designer, retail design architecture, modern retail design, retail design architect, retail design companies, best retail design, retail designer, retail design firms
Retail Architect | Rick Caruso’s charge to GDW Design Principal Brent Thompson was simple. “Look at our hugely successful projects in Thousand Oaks and repeat our success in Palm Desert.” The execution of that charge less simple. Thousand Oaks, a suburb of Los Angeles, is pleasantly temperate area with a proximity to the Pacific Ocean that modulates its weather. Palm Desert, on the other hand, consistently is baked to extreme temperatures in the summer, and can also get quite hot in the spring and fall. The design process was initiated with a bench marking tour of each of Caruso’s previous projects in order to understand their strengths and success. We wanted to understand those qualities that separate them from other projects. We learned that the planning is simple, straightforward and typical for this sort of everyday use community retail center. What sets Caruso’s work apart is its attention to guests. Every place where the public will set foot is given careful attention. There is a richness of texture and color, an appeal to all five senses. The architecture, likewise, is also layered and textured. The large building masses are broken into smaller pieces, so that each shop seems to be a building of its own. Fountains, art, landscaping and background music add further depth. Much of this was easily transferable to our design. What wasn’t analogous was weather protection – how to create shade without both burying the shops and loosing the individuality that the Thousand Oaks shops enjoy. A typical solution is to add an arcade, but that both creates a single building mass and hides storefronts. The solution we adopted takes its clues from Caruso’s earlier work. We mixed a variety of shade devices – arcades, awnings, trellises – to provide sun protection and variety without obscuring storefronts. We solved the challenges of this project using our standard process – identify the unique needs, research successful solutions and apply them. This is what we do. Retail Architect | Expert design studio creating places people love.
10_WarnerBrosMovieWorld_Photo
Entertainment Design | Like most theme parks, Warner Bros. Movie World in Madrid, Spain, greets guests with a main street at the entry to the park. We based the design of this main street on California’s Hollywood Boulevard, and recreated such icons as the Mann’s Chinese Theater, home to the Academy Awards. Our research was thorough. In the case of Mann’s Chinese, we were able to work from the original, hand drawn blueprints to authentically and accurately recreate that splendid theater. The street includes shops, restaurants and a state of the art theater. Entertainment Design | International studio expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations, places people love.
mixed-use, mixed-use architect, mixed-use design, mixed-use consultant, mixed-use designer, urban design master planner, urban design concept architecture, master planning, mixed-use design
Mixed-use Click to download project The Circle of Life is the chosen metaphor of Shenfu, a wholly new city in the north of China. At the heart of the new city is a circular lake. Two GDW projects grace the lake’s newly created shoreline. The first is the Shenfu Circles mixed-use center, a vibrant retail, entertainment and office center that physically and philosophically embraces and celebrates Shenfu’s representative metaphor. Circles is sculpted from a series of interlocking cylindrical forms, stitched together by a serpentine pedestrian street making up the core of the guest experience. The expressive forms of this street are punctured by a series of negative cylinders - round courtyards, each with a character of its own, highlighting the pedestrian experience. The circular theme is further accentuated by four positive cylinders - carefully placed towers that create a dramatic skyline for both this project and the city center lake. Contrasts and the creative use of media are two hallmarks of GDW’s work. Circles exploits both of these talents. Translucent walls of glass and metal mesh serve as sun filters by day and media canvases by night. When the sun sets, the walls are painted with colored light and projected video. Further, the four cylindrical towers are paired according to their skins. Two are solids, with subtly fenestrated stone facades, contrasted by the unique layers of delicate lace that cover the other two towers. Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.
retail design firm, retail design, retail designer, retail design architecture, modern retail design, retail design architect, retail design companies, best retail design, retail designer, retail design firms
Retail Architect Click to download project In the past twenty years, LA has been enriched by the addition of a number of outstanding pedestrian scaled public places. Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, as well as the Grove in Midtown and Universal’s CityWalk are unforgettable gathering places for shopping, eating, entertainment. LA natives, newcomers and tourists alike flock to these spaces. Expectations are high as people have come to desire and demand the environments these places create. For the most part, however, these places are regional, not community based. The vast majority of Angelenos must drive over an hour to one of these places, and thus there exists the opportunity to build community based retail centers. The prototypical CELEBRATION provides the exciting environment people have come to expect for shopping, dining and entertainment, right in their community. A quality experience is no longer restricted to weekends. It is now available on a daily basis – and weekends too. GlobalDesign’s design is loaded with visual energy, and strategically conceived to create an energetic public space that generates the maximum productivity for each lease space. Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.
retail architect, mixed-use architect, town center architect, resort architect, master planner, retail design, mixed-use design, town center design, resort design, master planning
Click to download project Retail Architect | The TEDA Promenades Retail Pavilion demanded a bold form befitting its prominence as the primary anchor for the overall Promenades development. Yet retail requires distinctive districts and stores. Endless variety within a distinctly unified identity. In response, we created boldly expressive architecture, a metaphorical waterfowl in flight, with subtle nods to Chinese culture. The strong, overall form is constructed of six unique and individual retail districts, varied in colors, materials, lighting, scale, architectural detail; and distinct in retail, dining or entertainment category. Each district is unique. Contrast is again one of the primary design principals used; district to district and within each district’s hard and soft surfaces, new and old, cool and warm materials; contrasting details and patterns. The Retail Pavilion is an energetic place that is always changing and current. It is constructed of translucent media walls that filter and texture sunlight by day, then become canvases painted with media and lights by night. Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.
urban architect, urban design firm, urban design architect, urban design consultant, urban design services, urban designer, american urban designer, new town architect, new town design, new town master planning
Click to download project Urban Design | Directly across the Haihe River from our Haihe Beach Park, on a grand point formerly occupied bt a chemical plant, is the 1.5 million m2 site of Haihe River South, or the Moon and the Ribbon Walk. We created the Haihe Beach Park in order to show the people of Tanggu that the riverfront could be an engaging place to visit. The intent of Haihe River South is to show the people of the city that the riverfront can also be an enjoyable place to live, work and play. The place we created addresses each of those needs. The residential neighborhoods are very high density, yet preserve sun access and maximize views and open space. The mixed-use work district maximizes river views and integrates well with the residential. All areas of the plan celebrate the water. One of our most basic design principles involves creating metaphors. The crescent moon shaped entertainment island and the ribbon shaped waterfront park refer to a well known Chinese poem. Use of this metaphor effectively inculcates the place with enormous emotional appeal to the people of Tanggu. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.
retail design firm, retail design, retail designer, retail design architecture, modern retail design, retail design architect, retail design companies, best retail design, retail designer, retail design firms
Mixed-use Click to download project Imagine a magical place to start an amazing holiday: a place so captivating that guests’ minds are filled with daydreams of anticipation for weeks before their arrival; fond memories for years after they leave. The Aphae-do Resort is architectural poetry. Its buildings are constructed of simile, their forms determined by metaphor, and the surrounding public spaces carved in allegory. Everywhere there is meaning. And everywhere there is nature. Nature preserved, nature restored, nature celebrated and nature honored. The poetry of the Aphae-do Resort honors the history, culture and natural beauty of this singular place. It celebrates the uniqueness of the Korean Islands. The Aphae Resort meets human needs, nurtures human desires, and inspires human dreams. This is the poetry of the Aphae. People go on holidays to meet basic human needs. Beyond that, they seek Magic. Our design for the Aphae resort creates the magic. Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.
town center architecture design blog, town center architecture design firm, town center design blog, town center design consultation, town center architect, town center architect design consultation, town center architects, town center design, town center design architect, town center master planner
Town Center Planner Click to download project Our work on Bon Carré was as much a social movement as it was a master planning and retail design exercise. Bon Marché, a once booming mall on what was then the outskirts of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had become an inner city wasteland as the city grew past the old mall. The mall became home to the highest crime rate in the city. Additionally, the people of Baton Rouge frequently complain that the town has no center, no place to walk. We addressed both of these issues by creating an upscale town center, complete with a million dollar park, right in front of the newly christened Bon Carré. The idea was to bring the “gentry” back to declare the area safe, allowing the middle class to reoccupy the mall as well as the new town center. Town Center Planner | Expert planning studio expert at master planning and architectural design of town centers that delight, places people love.
mixed-use, mixed-use architect, mixed-use design, mixed-use consultant, mixed-use designer, urban design master planner, urban design concept architecture, master planning, mixed-use design
Click to download project Mixed-use | One of the biggest challenges faced by China today is the need to balance its rapid growth with the need to protect its most valuable farmland. Nowhere is this truer than in Chengdu, where the mild weather, abundant rainfall and rich soil conditions combine to create some of the country’s most productive farmland. As a result of these conflicting forces, developers can provide for the country’s housing needs only on odd patches in the midst of fields of farmland. GDW worked closely with the developer of Rose Valley to leverage these requirements and conditions to create a truly unique place to live. Our concept creates small villages of homes surrounded by spectacular fields of flowers – primarily, as the name suggests, roses, but also a balance of year around growers such as lavender. GDW’s plan further leverages the riverfront site’s abundant water to create a series of canals and streams, transitioning from teutonic geometry at the project’s entrance to natural streams closer to the river, transitioning residents and visitors and residents alike from city to farm. The resultant villages of villas surrounded by gorgeous streams and fields of roses addresses the challenges faced by our developer by creating a place that is surprising to visit and really wonderful to live. Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.
retail design firm, retail design, retail designer, retail design architecture, modern retail design, retail design architect, retail design companies, best retail design, retail designer, retail design firms
Click to download project Retail Architect | Shenfu, in China’s north, is a completely new city defined by the energy, passion and enthusiasm of the local people. At the core of Shenfu is a shiny new lake, and giving life to lake and city alike is GDW’s leisure, dining and retail center, theWave. Additionally, GDW has designed a major exhibit hall, a visitor and investor center of sorts, on the site. The ultimate goal of the retail is to celebrate the exhibit hall, to create a whirlwind of pedestrian activity around it, and display the best of Shenfu’s lifestyle, leisure and entertainment offerings residents, interested visitors and potential investors alike. theWave is appropriately named. It’s swirling walls of rusted Corten steel and glass ripple, curve and roll as they create a vortex centered on the exhibit hall, move people through the space, focus activity in a central public “square,” and frame scenic views of the lake. The exhibit hall will display Shenfu’s plans for the future. theWave will display Shenfu’s heart. Gary Goddard Entertainment [www.garygoddard.com/] created the "Circle of Life" concept, including the great circle sculpture seen in some of our views, for Shenfu. Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.    
01_DubaiBazaar_Axon
Retail Architect | GDW’s concept for the Dubai Bazaar combines old and new, past with present, texture with form. We at GDW love contrast – light with dark, heavy with light, rough with smooth, old with new. The Dubai Bazaar, which includes a major shopping center and four hotels, is a study in contrasts. At its core, it honors our client’s desire to combine a “historic” souk (a traditional middle eastern marketplace) with a modern mall. Based on our belief that traditional architecture should be authentic, and based on solid research and an understanding of the relevant history, we started the design process by taking a tour of middle eastern souks. We visited souks in Damascus and Aleppo, Syria, the former built by the Romans, the later a comparatively young millennium of years old. We visited the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, the old souk in Marrakech, Morocco, as well as Dubai’s old souk. We also extensively researched less approachable souks, such as the Esfahan Souk in Iran. After extensive documentation and study of those souks, we created a “historic” souk for Dubai, and contrasted the mass and history of that “old” souk with a light and airy modern market place. Observe, Analyze, Implement. This is the GDW way. Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.
mixed-use, mixed-use architect, mixed-use design, mixed-use consultant, mixed-use designer, urban design master planner, urban design concept architecture, master planning, mixed-use design
Click to download project Mixed-use | China is moving, Bin Hai is moving, Tanggu is moving, the Haihe River is moving. The Tanggu Swan is figurative language in built form. Our design seeks to attract, gather and intensify the energy of central Tanggu to create the single most energetic spot in the New Bin Hai Development Area. The Tanggu Swan features a dramatically proportioned hotel tower which, paired with a new tower across the street, will create the gateway for Tanggu’s primary retail street. The height of the hotel is accentuated by the project’s four residential towers, which step down in height as they approach the hotel tower. Opposite the four towers are two curvilinear mid-rise buildings residential buildings featuring sky gardens complete with swimming pools. Sliding between these the residential towers and the mid-rise buildings is the retail and entertainment core of the project. This curving walk street is anchored at one end by the towering hotel, and at the other by a domed entertainment plaza, an anchor retailer and an anchor entertainment center. The Tanggu Swan will create an exciting gathering place for Tanggu and the Bin Hai District. Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.
town center architecture design blog, town center architecture design firm, town center design blog, town center design consultation, town center architect, town center architect design consultation, town center architects, town center design, town center design architect, town center master planner
Click to download project Town Center Planner | The design of the TEDA Phoenix Center, with its asymmetrically sweeping wings contrasting with its axially aligned circles and ellipses, brings to mind the grand feathers of a Chinese Phoenix bird. Considered auspicious throughout China, the Phoenix is swift as it is light, beautiful in color, charming in song. The Phoenix is a sign of harmony and prosperity in China, and Phoenix feathers symbolize precious and rare objects or people. The plan has been carefully divided into three unique and singular zones. To the south is the commercial zone, the energetic heart of not only this development, but of the larger, contiguous master-planned development as well. To the northeast, the Phoenix wing shaped mixed-use facility derives its shape from the raised monorail line that curves through the site. The third zone, in the northwest, is largely residential in character, with carefully sculpted low-rise buildings enjoying coveted southern exposures, and five mid-rise towers with very small footprints that acknowledge and celebrate the valuable exposure that the train line brings to this site. Town Center Planner | Expert planning studio expert at master planning and architectural design of town centers that delight, places people love.
entertainment design, american entertainment architect, entertainment architect, entertainment design architect, entertainment design consultation, entertainment design firm, entertainment design services, entertainment master planner, entertainment retail design, water show design
Click to download project Entertainment Design | Shortly after AOL bought Time Warner, they asked us to create a bricks and mortar place for visitors to experience AOL Time Warner. People knew where to find AOL in cyberspace - our challenge was to create a home for them in human space. We sought to build a space of media, a space always current, always active, continually moving. Our design for the AOL Time Warner Experience, located on the ground floor of New York City’s Time Warner Center, included a wide variety of interactive and multimedia exhibits, as well as live TV studios. More important, however, were the ground breaking ideas our team developed while working on this project. Never before had media been so integrated with architecture that it became architecture. The forms became ethereal, the media became architectural. When they met in the middle, they created a remarkable space. Entertainment Design | International expert master planners and architectural designers of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.
mixed-use, mixed-use architect, mixed-use design, mixed-use consultant, mixed-use designer, urban design master planner, urban design concept architecture, master planning, mixed-use design
Mixed-use | From wooded hillside to an urban ring, the Shenfu Crown mixes urban living with a natural environment. The 843,000 M2 (9,075,000 SF) mixed-use center focuses on an enormous central courtyard resplendent in landscape, water features and featuring an enormous iconic central fountain. This green plaza is immediately adjacent to a heavily wooded hillside, and serves to stretch and pull those woods into the Crown's center. Surrounding this central courtyard is a pedestrian walk street in the midst of an indoor/outdoor retail and entertainment center. The architecture here takes its form from kimchi pots and natural beehives, the latter suggestive of the swarming human energy that will fill this place. The inner edge of this active pedestrian zone is populated with restaurants, all of which enjoy the views and the peaceful serenity of the green courtyard. Wrapping around the central courtyard and retail and entertainment center is a sheltering wall of urbanity; a series of low-rise and mid-rise mixed-use buildings providing space for retail, offices and residences. The concept takes Main Street, shapes it into an ellipse, and wraps it around the courtyard and pedestrian walk street. The architecture of this ring suggests the protective crenellations of a castle and the bejeweled adornments of a Crown. Beyond this protective ring is a sea of trees, punctuated by a circle of iconic residential towers. Residents who live in these sculpted towers are surrounded by green and open space, yet less than a minute's walk from the urban core, the entertainment zone and the courtyard. The architecture of the whole development borrows from that of the Pre-Columbian people of the Americas, with simple stepped forms evocative of Machu Picchu. The concept relies on strong and ubiquitous horizontal bands that both unify and accentuate the building forms, yet are simple and affordable to construct. The architecture is both iconic and attainable. Mixed-use | Expert design studio creating places people love.
mixed-use, mixed-use architect, mixed-use design, mixed-use consultant, mixed-use designer, urban design master planner, urban design concept architecture, master planning, mixed-use design
Retail Architect Click to download project Tanggu City is located in the heart of China’s Bin Hai new area, and the Tanggu Towers Mixed-use project is to be located in the heart of Tanggu. The site, a solid city block, is surrounded by a cacophony of buildings, signs and shops, each calling louder then the next for attention. The architecture is loud, the colors are loud, the lighting screams louder yet. In locations like this, the best way to call attention to oneself is to set oneself apart from the noise, to be the calm in the midst of the frenzy. GDW’s design for the Tanggu Towers creates a facade of quiet sophistication, a radical departure from the surroundings, a project that vehemently sets itself apart by providing a place of quiet for the eyes of every person on the street. It’s towers, one a hotel, another serviced apartments and six others residential, are generally teutonic and rigid, though bits of whimsy at times interrupts their cartesian formality. Inside the project, however, is an energetic heart that magically contrasts with reserve of its exterior. A retail street, entered by passing between the twin towers that line the main street, cascades down several levels, maximizes the value of the land while maintaining an above ground feel. Tanggu Towers, a calmly sophisticated facade with a vibrant, beating heart at its core. Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.
town center architecture design blog, town center architecture design firm, town center design blog, town center design consultation, town center architect, town center architect design consultation, town center architects, town center design, town center design architect, town center master planner
Mixed-use | GDW created two concepts for the Dagang Town Center using a charrette technique, developing both concepts in just a single week in order to facilitate our client’s extremely tight schedule. Both concepts combine an energetic, mixed-use town center with a quieter residential community that is both integrated with and separate from the commercial uses of the town center. The first scheme, Ribbons, combines a glass retail plinth with a “ribbon” of office space above, architecture that winds up and down as it makes its way around the town centers great plaza. The second scheme, Blender, uses swirling forms to create a vortex of energy in its central circular plaza. Both schemes include a series of smaller scale office duplexes, as well as GDW’s trademark “Stacked Villas,” stacked two story residential units, each with a private courtyard and volume ceilings, that use a skip stop elevator and private, outdoor entries to create residences that combine the privacy and indoor outdoor living of a villa with the density of a condominium. Mixed-use | Expert design studio creating places people love.
Master Planning | Urban Design
Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love. Master Plan: a comprehensive or far-reaching plan of action. Master plan has many meanings. Generally refers to comprehensive plans or strategies. In design, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, the terms masterplan, master plan, or master planning, commonly refer to:
  • strategic placement of facilities and spaces
  • scale or relative size
  • location
  • proximity
  • functional relationship [with respect to components of a city, area, neighborhood, site, building, room, etc.]
The focus, however, of any good master plan is not on the physical aspects of the plan, but on the GUESTS that will use the plan, and on the EXPERIENCE they will enjoy once in the proposed place. For our purposes, Master Plan refers to an actionable set of deliverables describing the essence of a place, its components, and its magic. Deliverables necessary for this description typically include a site plan, tenant plan, functional diagrams, bird’s-eye and POV [eye level] renderings, image photos and an economic strategy and feasibility plan. Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love.
retail design firm, retail design, retail designer, retail design architecture, modern retail design, retail design architect, retail design companies, best retail design, retail designer, retail design firms
Mixed-use Click to download project Imagine a magical place to start an amazing holiday: a place so captivating that guests’ minds are filled with daydreams of anticipation for weeks before their arrival; fond memories for years after they leave. The Aphae-do Resort is architectural poetry. Its buildings are constructed of simile, their forms determined by metaphor, and the surrounding public spaces carved in allegory. Everywhere there is meaning. And everywhere there is nature. Nature preserved, nature restored, nature celebrated and nature honored. The poetry of the Aphae-do Resort honors the history, culture and natural beauty of this singular place. It celebrates the uniqueness of the Korean Islands. The Aphae Resort meets human needs, nurtures human desires, and inspires human dreams. This is the poetry of the Aphae. People go on holidays to meet basic human needs. Beyond that, they seek Magic. Our design for the Aphae resort creates the magic. Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.
mixed-use, mixed-use architect, mixed-use design, mixed-use consultant, mixed-use designer, urban design master planner, urban design concept architecture, master planning, mixed-use design
Click to download project Mixed-use | China is moving, Bin Hai is moving, Tanggu is moving, the Haihe River is moving. The Tanggu Swan is figurative language in built form. Our design seeks to attract, gather and intensify the energy of central Tanggu to create the single most energetic spot in the New Bin Hai Development Area. The Tanggu Swan features a dramatically proportioned hotel tower which, paired with a new tower across the street, will create the gateway for Tanggu’s primary retail street. The height of the hotel is accentuated by the project’s four residential towers, which step down in height as they approach the hotel tower. Opposite the four towers are two curvilinear mid-rise buildings residential buildings featuring sky gardens complete with swimming pools. Sliding between these the residential towers and the mid-rise buildings is the retail and entertainment core of the project. This curving walk street is anchored at one end by the towering hotel, and at the other by a domed entertainment plaza, an anchor retailer and an anchor entertainment center. The Tanggu Swan will create an exciting gathering place for Tanggu and the Bin Hai District. Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.
town center architecture design blog, town center architecture design firm, town center design blog, town center design consultation, town center architect, town center architect design consultation, town center architects, town center design, town center design architect, town center master planner
Click to download project Town Center Planner | The design of the TEDA Phoenix Center, with its asymmetrically sweeping wings contrasting with its axially aligned circles and ellipses, brings to mind the grand feathers of a Chinese Phoenix bird. Considered auspicious throughout China, the Phoenix is swift as it is light, beautiful in color, charming in song. The Phoenix is a sign of harmony and prosperity in China, and Phoenix feathers symbolize precious and rare objects or people. The plan has been carefully divided into three unique and singular zones. To the south is the commercial zone, the energetic heart of not only this development, but of the larger, contiguous master-planned development as well. To the northeast, the Phoenix wing shaped mixed-use facility derives its shape from the raised monorail line that curves through the site. The third zone, in the northwest, is largely residential in character, with carefully sculpted low-rise buildings enjoying coveted southern exposures, and five mid-rise towers with very small footprints that acknowledge and celebrate the valuable exposure that the train line brings to this site. Town Center Planner | Expert planning studio expert at master planning and architectural design of town centers that delight, places people love.
urban architect, urban design firm, urban design architect, urban design consultant, urban design services, urban designer, american urban designer, new town architect, new town design, new town master planning
Click to download project Urban Design | Directly across the Haihe River from our Haihe Beach Park, on a grand point formerly occupied bt a chemical plant, is the 1.5 million m2 site of Haihe River South, or the Moon and the Ribbon Walk. We created the Haihe Beach Park in order to show the people of Tanggu that the riverfront could be an engaging place to visit. The intent of Haihe River South is to show the people of the city that the riverfront can also be an enjoyable place to live, work and play. The place we created addresses each of those needs. The residential neighborhoods are very high density, yet preserve sun access and maximize views and open space. The mixed-use work district maximizes river views and integrates well with the residential. All areas of the plan celebrate the water. One of our most basic design principles involves creating metaphors. The crescent moon shaped entertainment island and the ribbon shaped waterfront park refer to a well known Chinese poem. Use of this metaphor effectively inculcates the place with enormous emotional appeal to the people of Tanggu. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.
town center architecture design blog, town center architecture design firm, town center design blog, town center design consultation, town center architect, town center architect design consultation, town center architects, town center design, town center design architect, town center master planner
Town Center Planner Click to download project Our work on Bon Carré was as much a social movement as it was a master planning and retail design exercise. Bon Marché, a once booming mall on what was then the outskirts of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had become an inner city wasteland as the city grew past the old mall. The mall became home to the highest crime rate in the city. Additionally, the people of Baton Rouge frequently complain that the town has no center, no place to walk. We addressed both of these issues by creating an upscale town center, complete with a million dollar park, right in front of the newly christened Bon Carré. The idea was to bring the “gentry” back to declare the area safe, allowing the middle class to reoccupy the mall as well as the new town center. Town Center Planner | Expert planning studio expert at master planning and architectural design of town centers that delight, places people love.
mixed-use, mixed-use architect, mixed-use design, mixed-use consultant, mixed-use designer, urban design master planner, urban design concept architecture, master planning, mixed-use design
Mixed-use Click to download project The Circle of Life is the chosen metaphor of Shenfu, a wholly new city in the north of China. At the heart of the new city is a circular lake. Two GDW projects grace the lake’s newly created shoreline. The first is the Shenfu Circles mixed-use center, a vibrant retail, entertainment and office center that physically and philosophically embraces and celebrates Shenfu’s representative metaphor. Circles is sculpted from a series of interlocking cylindrical forms, stitched together by a serpentine pedestrian street making up the core of the guest experience. The expressive forms of this street are punctured by a series of negative cylinders - round courtyards, each with a character of its own, highlighting the pedestrian experience. The circular theme is further accentuated by four positive cylinders - carefully placed towers that create a dramatic skyline for both this project and the city center lake. Contrasts and the creative use of media are two hallmarks of GDW’s work. Circles exploits both of these talents. Translucent walls of glass and metal mesh serve as sun filters by day and media canvases by night. When the sun sets, the walls are painted with colored light and projected video. Further, the four cylindrical towers are paired according to their skins. Two are solids, with subtly fenestrated stone facades, contrasted by the unique layers of delicate lace that cover the other two towers. Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Resort Architect Imagine a magical place to start an amazing holiday: a place so captivating that guests’ minds are filled with daydreams of anticipation for weeks before their arrival; fond memories for years after they leave. The Aphae-do Resort is architectural poetry. Its buildings are constructed of simile, their forms determined by metaphor, and the surrounding public spaces carved in allegory. Everywhere there is meaning. And everywhere there is nature. Nature preserved, nature restored, nature celebrated and nature honored. The poetry of the Aphae-do Resort honors the history, culture and natural beauty of this singular place. It celebrates the uniqueness of the Korean Islands. The Aphae Resort meets human needs, nurtures human desires, and inspires human dreams. This is the poetry of the Aphae. People go on holidays to meet basic human needs. Beyond that, they seek Magic. Our design for the Aphae resort creates the magic. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight. Click to download project
DESIGN ARCHITECT NIGHT BLUE1
Destination Design | One of the fastest growing areas on the planet is China’s Bin Hai New Area. Twenty years ago, China focused its considerable energy on building Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Ten years ago, Shanghai’s Pudong district went through a similar period of growth, and is now home to some of the world’s finest architecture. More recently, China has focused its energies on the Bin Hai New Area. Located on the edge of the Bohai Bay in Tianjin, and just a forty-five minute train ride from Beijing, the focus of the area’s development is the TEDA economic development area. In the heart of TEDA a block of towers is under construction, including one that will be the world’s third tallest. Twenty to thirty-thousand people will visit or work on this block each working day. The entry experience most will experience will not be the grand lobbies of the towers, but instead the system of tunnels that lead to the underground parking structures. GDW was contracted by the TEDA government to design the entry canopies and interior skins of those entry tunnels. GDW’s concept has two major features. First, the tunnel entries. GDW designed a light, flowing, cloud like entry canopy evocative of movement and motion. At night, color changing lights give the canopies an altogether different character, and their quality of movement is enhanced. Our design of the tunnels themselves had two primary goals. First, as with the canopies, our design, a series of liquid, flowing bands of color, evokes movement and energy. Second, along with creating an entry experience for towers, our work is intended to help orient people in the two and a half kilometer long system of tunnels. Our concept, the four seasons, which also relate in China to the four points of the compass, are expressed in both the colors of the seasons and a series of two dimensional icons evocative of those seasons. GDW | Destination Design | Expert design studio creating places people love.
Entertainment Architect | The Grove, Anaheim
Entertainment Design | The Grove was originally created as a classic dinner theater called Tinseltown, home to an Academy Awards show that let visitors from around the world experience a night at the Oscars. The exterior architecture is based on the classic Warner Bros. Studios sound stages in Burbank, California. It captures the glamour of Hollywood’s glory years. The interior is resplendent with Art Deco architecture, suggesting to guests the grand cinema palaces of those same glorious years. Entertainment Design | Entertainers expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.
entertainment design, american entertainment architect, entertainment architect, entertainment design architect, entertainment design consultation, entertainment design firm, entertainment design services, entertainment master planner, entertainment retail design, water show design
Click to download project Entertainment Design | Shortly after AOL bought Time Warner, they asked us to create a bricks and mortar place for visitors to experience AOL Time Warner. People knew where to find AOL in cyberspace - our challenge was to create a home for them in human space. We sought to build a space of media, a space always current, always active, continually moving. Our design for the AOL Time Warner Experience, located on the ground floor of New York City’s Time Warner Center, included a wide variety of interactive and multimedia exhibits, as well as live TV studios. More important, however, were the ground breaking ideas our team developed while working on this project. Never before had media been so integrated with architecture that it became architecture. The forms became ethereal, the media became architectural. When they met in the middle, they created a remarkable space. Entertainment Design | International expert master planners and architectural designers of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.
11_TEDAPromenadeWaterShow_Photo
Click to download project Entertainment Design | We relied on two metaphors to capture the spirit of TEDA, a new city in the Tianjin province of China. Water fowls taking flight and the geothermal strength of the earth both speak of untold potential transforming into unreal splendor. Stravinsky’s Firebird captures the strength of both metaphors, so we adopted it as the musical score for the Firebird Water Show. These metaphors lead to a series of compelling water features - a stylized volcano of fire and water, a peaceful waterfowl pond that is transformed into an edgy, yet harmless, geyser pool, and the grand nightly Lagoon Show, the Firebirds. These volcano-like towers are wrapped with sweeping water wings, creating an unexpected contrast that is as beautiful as it is startling. Pragmatically, this water show is a free gift calculated to widen appeal, extend stays and encourage repeat visitation. Entertainment Design | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.
Los Angeles Entetainment Designer | Malibu Architect Brent Thompson Architects
Click to download project Entertainment Design | This dark ride facility, restaurant and retail shop, designed for a major theme park, plays to the brilliant premise on which the movie Men in Black was based. The film postulated that the iconoclastic 60’s designers were so odd, so far removed from the normative, that they were obviously aliens. The architecture of this ride facility looks to the pavilions of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow, New York. The playful attitude of those pavilions, created by the aliens, provides the ideal environment to tell the Men in Black story, and creates the appropriate environment for a play day in the theme park. Entertainment Design | International designers expert in master planning and architecture of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.
Entertainment Design | Tokyo DisneySea
Click to download project Entertainment Design | These facilities, designed for a major theme park in Japan, look to the future while remembering the past. Influenced by Rube Goldberg, the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa and the movies Blade Runner and Brazil, this architecture is storytelling at its finest. Perhaps most significantly, these projects were a lesson in seeing things through the eyes of the user, or guest, and creating a place that will resonate with them; a magical place that captures the imagination. Countless popular web sites have been devoted to these facilities. They create a degree of popular connectedness, an almost cult appeal, that can not be ignored. Entertainment Design | Expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.
retail design firm, retail design, retail designer, retail design architecture, modern retail design, retail design architect, retail design companies, best retail design, retail designer, retail design firms
Mixed-use Click to download project Imagine a magical place to start an amazing holiday: a place so captivating that guests’ minds are filled with daydreams of anticipation for weeks before their arrival; fond memories for years after they leave. The Aphae-do Resort is architectural poetry. Its buildings are constructed of simile, their forms determined by metaphor, and the surrounding public spaces carved in allegory. Everywhere there is meaning. And everywhere there is nature. Nature preserved, nature restored, nature celebrated and nature honored. The poetry of the Aphae-do Resort honors the history, culture and natural beauty of this singular place. It celebrates the uniqueness of the Korean Islands. The Aphae Resort meets human needs, nurtures human desires, and inspires human dreams. This is the poetry of the Aphae. People go on holidays to meet basic human needs. Beyond that, they seek Magic. Our design for the Aphae resort creates the magic. Mixed-use | Mixed-use design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations people love, places that delight.
10_WarnerBrosMovieWorld_Photo
Entertainment Design | Like most theme parks, Warner Bros. Movie World in Madrid, Spain, greets guests with a main street at the entry to the park. We based the design of this main street on California’s Hollywood Boulevard, and recreated such icons as the Mann’s Chinese Theater, home to the Academy Awards. Our research was thorough. In the case of Mann’s Chinese, we were able to work from the original, hand drawn blueprints to authentically and accurately recreate that splendid theater. The street includes shops, restaurants and a state of the art theater. Entertainment Design | International studio expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations, places people love.
05_Tokyotrainstation_Photo
Click to download project Transportation Architect | Just inside what is arguably the world’s best and most successful theme park, Tokyo DisneySea, is a train station that connects the magic of Disney with the teutonic geometry of modern day Tokyo. The train station has, therefore, two purposes. The first is to create an arrival hall for people coming to the park. The second is to transition them emotionally from city to theme park. The architecture of all of the buildings surrounding the park’s main entrance is very literally old Italy. During the concept design process, we asked ourselves “What would Carlo Scarpa do?”, Mr. Scarpa being an early modernist Italian architect who worked in a manner both modern and respectful of the beautiful context of the historical Italian cities in which most of his architecture was built. The design we created attempts to answer this question. It is based on his work for the Bank of Verona, and uses the iconic early modern classic train station design of a series of round vaults, exposed black steel structure and steel framed windows, all of which sits on a classic Italian plinth. Research and design, Observe, Analyze, Implement. Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.
01_TokyoTrainstation_ModelDetails
Click to download project Transportation Architect | This monorail station, designed for a major theme park in Japan, is intended to create a transition from the Cartesian modernity and overwhelming vastness of Tokyo to the escape fantasy of the major international theme parks that are the heart of this resort. The station celebrates the resort’s location on the shore of the Tokyo Bay with a series of wave forms and sail forms, each layered against a firm and solid concrete “breakwater”. Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.
mixed-use, mixed-use architect, mixed-use design, mixed-use consultant, mixed-use designer, urban design master planner, urban design concept architecture, master planning, mixed-use design
Mixed-use | From wooded hillside to an urban ring, the Shenfu Crown mixes urban living with a natural environment. The 843,000 M2 (9,075,000 SF) mixed-use center focuses on an enormous central courtyard resplendent in landscape, water features and featuring an enormous iconic central fountain. This green plaza is immediately adjacent to a heavily wooded hillside, and serves to stretch and pull those woods into the Crown's center. Surrounding this central courtyard is a pedestrian walk street in the midst of an indoor/outdoor retail and entertainment center. The architecture here takes its form from kimchi pots and natural beehives, the latter suggestive of the swarming human energy that will fill this place. The inner edge of this active pedestrian zone is populated with restaurants, all of which enjoy the views and the peaceful serenity of the green courtyard. Wrapping around the central courtyard and retail and entertainment center is a sheltering wall of urbanity; a series of low-rise and mid-rise mixed-use buildings providing space for retail, offices and residences. The concept takes Main Street, shapes it into an ellipse, and wraps it around the courtyard and pedestrian walk street. The architecture of this ring suggests the protective crenellations of a castle and the bejeweled adornments of a Crown. Beyond this protective ring is a sea of trees, punctuated by a circle of iconic residential towers. Residents who live in these sculpted towers are surrounded by green and open space, yet less than a minute's walk from the urban core, the entertainment zone and the courtyard. The architecture of the whole development borrows from that of the Pre-Columbian people of the Americas, with simple stepped forms evocative of Machu Picchu. The concept relies on strong and ubiquitous horizontal bands that both unify and accentuate the building forms, yet are simple and affordable to construct. The architecture is both iconic and attainable. Mixed-use | Expert design studio creating places people love.
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Resort Architect | GDW developed the concept for the Flower Islands with several simple goals in mind: the project should be visible from outer space, the concept should be simple and obvious and highly suggestive of a resort, and it should be both unique in the world while celebrating the best of Korea. Based on these goals, we studied the world renowned Palm Islands in Dubai and developed the concept for the Flower Islands of Korea. At its core, our concept was to create concentrated developments on the islands of Korea that largely leave the surrounding natural environment intact and untouched, allowing guests to enjoy the islands in their natural state, just as our research team enjoyed them on our initial visits. The flower concept, in addition to creating a metaphor obviously suggestive a resort experience, creates an energetic core for the resort, a place people can meet and gather, while preserving the surrounding nature, wrapping it around the resort’s edges. The flowers are further respectful of both the local culture and topography, creating peaceful petals connected to a lively bud. This concept represents GDW’s core philosophy for resort design: create an energetic village, and leave the balance of the site in its peaceful and natural condition for guests to appreciate and enjoy. Resort Architect | Destination design studio creating resorts that delight.
Master Planning | Urban Design
Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love. Master Plan: a comprehensive or far-reaching plan of action. Master plan has many meanings. Generally refers to comprehensive plans or strategies. In design, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, the terms masterplan, master plan, or master planning, commonly refer to:
  • strategic placement of facilities and spaces
  • scale or relative size
  • location
  • proximity
  • functional relationship [with respect to components of a city, area, neighborhood, site, building, room, etc.]
The focus, however, of any good master plan is not on the physical aspects of the plan, but on the GUESTS that will use the plan, and on the EXPERIENCE they will enjoy once in the proposed place. For our purposes, Master Plan refers to an actionable set of deliverables describing the essence of a place, its components, and its magic. Deliverables necessary for this description typically include a site plan, tenant plan, functional diagrams, bird’s-eye and POV [eye level] renderings, image photos and an economic strategy and feasibility plan. Master Planners | Destinations that delight. Places people love.
town center architecture design blog, town center architecture design firm, town center design blog, town center design consultation, town center architect, town center architect design consultation, town center architects, town center design, town center design architect, town center master planner
Mixed-use | GDW created two concepts for the Dagang Town Center using a charrette technique, developing both concepts in just a single week in order to facilitate our client’s extremely tight schedule. Both concepts combine an energetic, mixed-use town center with a quieter residential community that is both integrated with and separate from the commercial uses of the town center. The first scheme, Ribbons, combines a glass retail plinth with a “ribbon” of office space above, architecture that winds up and down as it makes its way around the town centers great plaza. The second scheme, Blender, uses swirling forms to create a vortex of energy in its central circular plaza. Both schemes include a series of smaller scale office duplexes, as well as GDW’s trademark “Stacked Villas,” stacked two story residential units, each with a private courtyard and volume ceilings, that use a skip stop elevator and private, outdoor entries to create residences that combine the privacy and indoor outdoor living of a villa with the density of a condominium. Mixed-use | Expert design studio creating places people love.
Resort Architect
Near the city of Guiyang in China's Guizhou province is a large and beautiful lake, Hongfeng Hu. The name means Red Maple Lake, fitting, as the lake is surrounded by mountains populated with Red Maple trees. On a beautiful lakeside site, resplendent with mountains, valleys and a couple of smaller lakes, GDW created Hongfeng Spa Resort. Complete with a lakeside resort village, resort hotels, a water park, theme park and themed residential neighborhoods, this resort makes the most of this fabulous setting. Hongfeng Spa Resort is a resort with something for everyone. Experiences have been designed for all ages, for you and old, active and inactive, rich and middle class. A truly spectacular family resort. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Resort Architect Imagine a magical place to start an amazing holiday: a place so captivating that guests’ minds are filled with daydreams of anticipation for weeks before their arrival; fond memories for years after they leave. The Aphae-do Resort is architectural poetry. Its buildings are constructed of simile, their forms determined by metaphor, and the surrounding public spaces carved in allegory. Everywhere there is meaning. And everywhere there is nature. Nature preserved, nature restored, nature celebrated and nature honored. The poetry of the Aphae-do Resort honors the history, culture and natural beauty of this singular place. It celebrates the uniqueness of the Korean Islands. The Aphae Resort meets human needs, nurtures human desires, and inspires human dreams. This is the poetry of the Aphae. People go on holidays to meet basic human needs. Beyond that, they seek Magic. Our design for the Aphae resort creates the magic. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight. Click to download project
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Click to download project CloudLake, a riverfront resort with no lake in sight, is to be built as an “outside the gate” hospitality center to several adjacent theme and water parks. GDW’s concept combines bold geometry and intimate human scale to create a place that has wide appeal to all sorts of people, a place that will extend their stays and encourage them to visit repeatedly. GDW based the project on San Antonio, Texas’ wildly successful Riverwalk, extensively researching that project to gain a thorough understanding of how it works and why people find it so attractive. Riverwalk is a textbook example of a place people love, a place with the quality described by the latin phrase Genius Loci, a place with a magical quality that all recognize but few understand. The designers of GDW have spent their careers studying places with Genius Loci around the world in an effort to understand how that magical quality is achieved. Riverwalk achieves the magic, in part, by completely integrating water in the project. The water isn’t just something that can be seen, it is so close that people are immersed in its nearness. Riverwalk is all about the water: strolling by the water, dining by the water, enjoying music by the water, and riding boats on the water. The water is its magic. CloudLake adopts this theme, fully integrating water with the space, and with the experience guests have when visiting CloudLake. CloudLake combines a Riverwalk like walk street with boutique hotels, a large five star hotel, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues to create an ideal place for those visiting the neighboring theme parks to stay and to spend their evenings. GDW achieves the magic of CloudLake by learning from Riverwalk. Observe, Analyze, Implement. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.  
master plan architect, master plan design, master planner, master plan consultant, us master planner, american master planner, master planning services
Urban Design Click to download project Imagine BUTTERFLY CITY is civic poetry. The entire city has taken on the form of a graceful Korean butterfly. The butterfly is a metaphor for beauty, movement, energy, grace and most appropriately, transformation; transformation into something far more beautiful, far more noteworthy. Further, the form of a butterfly has great practical value for a city planner. It has a linear, compact core that performs all the basic functions, and wings gridded by veins that draw energy and strength from the center. Imagine BUTTERFLY CITY is unique to Korea – in fact it is unique to the world. It will be the substance behind the Imagine Aphae resort, the economic engine behind the entire Imagine Sinan Resort. This city, the future home to 30 to 35,000 people, will provide a standard of living unmatched in Korea. The design for the city, based on North American innovation and Korean pragmatism, seeks to create a fabric of urban edges and open green space. Butterfly city references North American New Town Planning, the planning of the waterfront cities San Diego and Vancouver, and some of the best and most recent planning work done in Seoul. The city is situated just north of the Imagine Aphae resort, spanning from water on the west to water on the east. The city is bifurcated by the main access route that connects the resort to the boat terminal. The future Sinan Gun administration building sits just west of this access. This building is necessarily central to the city, and needs to be surrounded, on its south side by commercial space and residential space. The prime public spaces, however are on the waterfront, both east and west of the administration building. This creates somewhat of a conflict, one that is addressed by surrounding the administration building and the waterfronts in ellipses, and by connecting the ellipse of the primary waterfront to the ellipse of the administration building with a great circle. The waving “line” that connects all three spaces becomes the commercial core of the city. The great circle, and the area just to the east of the circle, form the highest density residential neighborhood. Concentric rings of steadily decreasing density form the remainder of the city. Thus the administration building, commercial core, and two great open spaces form the body of the butterfly, tidal flat observation piers form its antennae, and the residential neighborhoods form its wings. Parks and schools accent those wings, forming the figurative “eyes” common to the wings of many butterflies. Primary vehicular access is from a bridge connecting Aphae-do to nearby Mockbo, which then feeds the above mentioned primary island access road. This access road becomes a major north south artery for the city, and is one of four roads connecting city and resort. Secondary to this is a ring road that creates the city’s great circle, and additional arteries that outline the wings. The streets have been carefully planned to allow for great street trees and landscape strips and islands. In many ways, the quality of a city is the quality of its streets. The streets of BUTTERFLY CITY are patterned off those of some of the world’s cities. Cars are augmented by rail in BUTTERFLY CITY. There is a monorail planned to connect Mockbo, the resort, city and port. Further, the commercial core of the city is defined by a trolley that runs continually from ellipse to ellipse, coast to coast, tying the city together. Every home in the city is within a reasonable walk to this core – the trolley gives residents access to the remainder of the city, while creating a layer of charm and appeal not previously seen. As BUTTERFLY CITY is an island city, water is brought into the city to give greater access to the waterfront. Water wraps around the primary core, and a circular canal connects the county building to the coast, providing a linear park of water, landscape and biking and walking trails for the residents of the highest density area. This carefully constructed network of core, roads, public spaces, canals and parks, as well as the great quality of its streets, commercial center and public spaces result in a standard of living the equal of which will be difficult to find in Asia. Imagine BUTTERFLY CITY – a city as beautiful as its namesake, as livable as any in the world. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at designing places people love, destinations that delight.
urban architect, urban design firm, urban design architect, urban design consultant, urban design services, urban designer, american urban designer, new town architect, new town design, new town master planning
Urban Design Click to download project One the edge of Chengdu, GlobalDesign is creating a concept for uniquely engaging riverfront new city. The Client’s program called for a thoroughly Art DecoCity and GDW has thoroughly researched the best examples of the style. DecoCity celebrates the Deco movement. GDW focused on two planning of our urban planning principles, quality of life and unique identity. With its active city center, parks and gathering places, places that laud nature and extol sport and radial arrangement of canals and pedestrian pathways, DecoCity celebrates living. DecoCity’s unique identity goes beyond style. From the “Rising Sun” form determinate suggestive of China’s place in the world, to formal Deco geometry, and typically Deco skyline, DecoCity redefines urban branding. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight. The two primary goals for a truly sustainable city are, without question, quality lifestyle and identity. Why? When one puts political agendas aside, it is obvious that the single largest commitment of environmental resources required of a city is the construction of the city itself. A city that is loved, that people enjoy living in and are proud to call home is a city that will remain intact for generations. Ironically, cities and the structures they are made of are typically awarded sustainability points for the ease of which they can be recycled. We believe that this is a fallacy. We wonder why a well designed city should have reason to be recycled. Searching the annals of history, we are aware of no city that provided quality of life, no city that made its residents proud, that was subsequently subjected to the rigors of recycling. Not, in any event, without the help of an invading enemy army! This is not to say that we reject all the principles of sustainable city design. We simply find most redundant. Why is it necessary, for example, to award points based on transport? Moving people easily, effectively and pleasantly through a city has always been a major goal for planners (except, perhaps, during medieval times, when it was a greater concern to make it difficult for invaders to navigate city streets then for residents to easily move around). A city that forces its residents to remain immobile or sit in traffic is not a city that provides quality of life. A city that makes circulation pleasant does, however, provide an enviable lifestyle. Should not the desire to create pleasant strolls and easy commutes be of paramount priority for the urban planner? Is not the process of awarding points for public transport directed more specifically to special interest lobbies than to those who will call a city their home? We reject the notion of designing based on checklists created by academia and special interests. We favor cities designed for people. We reject the notion that people will work to preserve their city because of the ease of which it can be recycled. Instead, we seek to create places that capture the hearts of inhabitants. A people proud of a city will maintain and preserve it, making sure the precious natural resources invested in its creation will benefit generations to come.
resort design, ski resort design, beach resort design, resort designer, hotel and resort design, mountain resort design, resort architect, resort design firm, resort design firms, resort master planner
Click to download project Resort Architect | Just outside of Chengdu, China, in an area famous for its green tea plantations, GDW created a concept for a year-around lakefront resort development. The hills surrounding the lake are uniquely terraced with row upon row of carefully manicured hedges of tea plants, creating a distinct topography, and suggesting a environment that is both natural and man made. GDW took its conceptual cues from this unique topography, and developed an architecture for the project that mimics the stepped forms of the hills that encircle GreenTea Lake. The resultant structures are distinct and unique, yet at the same time blend beautifully with the surrounding topography. The resort respects and celebrates its environmental context. GDW worked with the client to create a program designed to attract people throughout the year, with activities for each season. Facilities and activities include a central mixed-use village, a waterfront boardwalk, golf, a multitude of water sports, a conference center, a fishing camp, an equestrian center, and a variety of hotel, timeshare and villas to provide accommodations for guests of all age and economic categories. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, relaxing four seasons resorts that delight.
urban architect, urban design firm, urban design architect, urban design consultant, urban design services, urban designer, american urban designer, new town architect, new town design, new town master planning
Click to download project Urban Design | Directly across the Haihe River from our Haihe Beach Park, on a grand point formerly occupied bt a chemical plant, is the 1.5 million m2 site of Haihe River South, or the Moon and the Ribbon Walk. We created the Haihe Beach Park in order to show the people of Tanggu that the riverfront could be an engaging place to visit. The intent of Haihe River South is to show the people of the city that the riverfront can also be an enjoyable place to live, work and play. The place we created addresses each of those needs. The residential neighborhoods are very high density, yet preserve sun access and maximize views and open space. The mixed-use work district maximizes river views and integrates well with the residential. All areas of the plan celebrate the water. One of our most basic design principles involves creating metaphors. The crescent moon shaped entertainment island and the ribbon shaped waterfront park refer to a well known Chinese poem. Use of this metaphor effectively inculcates the place with enormous emotional appeal to the people of Tanggu. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.
KingAbdullah_Masterplan
Destination Design | GDW teamed with HOK on a charrette to create a concept for the entirely new King Abdullah University to be located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Our concept made the most of green building techniques, and is evocative of the sands of the peninsula on the exterior, while the interior is redolent of a classic desert oasis. The typical research laboratory buildings address the heat of the sun with solid, windowless walls. On the shaded north, however, the buildings include enough glass to both light the spaces and to allow the inhabitants to enjoy the oasis environment outside. Students walk through the shaded oasis environment as they move around the campus, allowing them to escape the indoor environment while sheltering them from the harsh desert conditions. Destination Design | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.
01_ChengPoLake_Siteplan
Master Planning | The Joseon kings treasured the Secret Garden in Seoul’s Changdeok Palace as a favored escape. Resplendent in natural beauty and immediately accessible from the working portion of the palace, it provided daily opportunities for respite and relief, and kept the kings in perfect harmony with nature. Today the hard working residents of Seoul continue to find respite in this magical place that so beautifully contrasts with the dense urban world surrounding its walls. The Secret Garden at Chang Po Eco Lake will be just such a place. Immediately adjacent to Muan Enterprise City and Muan International Airport, it will afford Muan’s residents and guests the opportunity to live and play in perfect harmony with nature without leaving their city. In the crowded and competitive world of international enterprise cities, the lifestyle facilitated by the Secret Garden will set Muan apart, and enable Muan to attract a highly skilled and diversified workforce. The Lotus House floats on piles over the floating lotuses of the Buyongji Pond in Changdeokgung’s Secret Garden, living in the environment without damaging the environment. In fact, the environment is made more beautiful by the Lotus House. In a similar fashion, the homes, boardwalks, commercial and entertainment facilities of Muan’s Secret Garden will be perched on piles, floating over reed filled wetlands, surrounded by snowy egrets and schools of fish. The architecture, upholstered in natural wood, metals and stone, will be in complete harmony with nature. The wetlands and lake itself will be extensively cleaned and enhanced, and migrant bird habitats will be carefully crafted at the water’s edge. The Muan lifestyle will be enhanced by opportunities to live, work, play and relax surrounded by the lake’s fresh, clean waters. The Secret Garden will include a variety of housing types, varying in style, relationship to the lake and in density. Waterfront villas, each with its own boat dock, will float on stilts above the reeds that line the water’s edge. Town homes with boat docks will line canals, affording beautiful views for every home and immediate access to the lake. A marina, surrounded with denser condominiums, will provide another opportunity to live on the water, an ideal situation for boating enthusiasts and romantics alike. Guests will find a great variety of options for short or long term stays in the Secret Garden. Overnight guests in transit at Muan International Airport will be serviced by a beautiful hotel situated on a point in the lake, while those taking advantage of the business and conference center or the adjacent golf courses will be treated to resort like accommodations on an island in the lake. For long term guests, always a fixture in an international business park, the Marina will include serviced apartments. Those more interested in shopping, dining entertainment and cultural pursuits will find serviced apartments adjacent to the commercial district. Places that accommodate rich, activity filled lifestyles attract international businesses. The Secret Garden will provide a plethora of ways to shop, play and learn. A retail and entertainment center at the heart of the Garden will include shops, restaurants, cinemas and an entertainment pier sporting a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and numerous game booths. An island lake will include a wonderfully themed restaurant and a beautifully situated teahouse. Water sports entertainment will include a year around water themed park and spa, a yacht club and water sports center and the Marina. Eco Lake itself will provide areas for motor sports such as water skiing, sailing regattas, and kayak trips though the wetlands. Enjoyment of activities provided by the Secret Garden will not be limited to residents, members or paying guests. Public offerings will include a public park, a wetlands study center, public beaches, trails and a civic amphitheater. The Secret Garden at Chang Po Eco Lake will offer residents and guests of Muan Enterprise City opportunities to pursue rewarding careers without sacrificing a rich and varied lifestyle. Like the kings of old, they will have immediate access to this magical place, this place so close to where they work, yet so very far apart. Master Planning | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.
02_HaiheRiver_Diagram
Urban Design | GDW design principal Brent Thompson created the Haihe River Beach Park to add value to the city of Tanggu’s riverfront property by showing the population of the city the riverfront could be a wonderful place to work, live and play. Following the creation of the park, Mr. Thompson created an overall master plan, a blueprint for the development of the riverfront as it winds its way through this rapidly growing city, home to China’s second largest port. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.
02_TEDATechnicalPark_SitePlan
Click to download project Master Planning | Energy, activity, ideas and creativity. A symbolic gesture to the world that China is emerging and transitioning from a labor based industrial machine to a center of intellectual innovation. A mixed-use community where people can live, work, shop and spend leisure time. GlobalDesign Workshop’s design combines three metaphors to communicate the importance of the Technical Park. The first metaphor is a series of concentric rings, similar to those created when a stone hits water. Pond Ripples. The second metaphor, suggesting the overwhelming movement of a cyclone or whirlpool, is evocative of energy and movement, of an unstoppable force of nature. Cyclone. The third metaphor is that of the Ying and the Yang, the careful balance within the community of residential and office space, of places to live and places to create. YingYang. The focus of Pond Ripples, the energy of Cyclone and the balance of YingYang are prescient of the TEDA Technical Park’s future place in the world. Master Planning | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.
26_CHP_Residential_Design
Click to download project Residential Architect | Chengdu, China, is a place of obvious architectural contrast. The city is home to some of China’s finest modern commercial architecture, yet ringed with villas that are distinctly historically associative in design. When GDW was engaged to design the villas of Rose Valley, we were tasked with creating homes of historical European architecture. While this architectural style is effective at creating a sense of timelessness, strength and security, it is not as effective at facilitating a modern lifestyle, or at providing great views – of critical import for this project as the villas all have backyards of fields of roses. When tasked with creating historically associative architecture, GDW focuses on two primary principles. This first is that the architecture should be literal and authentic, based on sound research of the best examples of a given style. Second, we like to contrast old and new, to provide for the client’s desire to create a timeless environment without sacrificing the modern lifestyle. Adherence to these principles led us to create homes that are traditional at the street edge, and modern at the back. Thus the houses are rich and secure at the front, and wide open to the stunning views at the back. Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.
Master plan urban07
Click to download project Master Planning | Endless variety within a distinctly unified identity', one of our primary master planning principles, creates a place appealing to a wide variety of people; a place enticing to them, whatever their mood or appetite; whatever the season, time of day or day of the week. The TEDA PROMENADE Master Plan exemplifies this principle. Our design makes a grand statement by organizing its facilities around a central thematic element, an elliptical lagoon. The Lagoon is the entertainment, the environmental nucleus that creates the stage set for each component piece. This extroverted approach allows guests to remain constantly oriented within the whole of the place, while a major assembly of icons encourages them to move throughout the site. This structure of development is consistent with modern urban core developments and the exposition style of recent World Fairs. The space we created is home to a world class soccer stadium and convention center, and the future home of a major retail and entertainment center, as well as 5000 homes in over 40 towers. Master Planning | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.
urban architect, urban design firm, urban design architect, urban design consultant, urban design services, urban designer, american urban designer, new town architect, new town design, new town master planning
Click to download project Urban Design | Located at the convergence of the Haihe River and two ancient and legendary canals, SAN CHA KOU can truly be called the birthplace of the modern Chinese city of Tianjin. This proposal for the redevelopment of SAN CHA KOU is designed to initiate Tianjin’s long-term redevelopment plans for the Haihe River, plans that will completely transform the city. Our concept for SAN CHA KOU showcases this transformation, setting an example for future designers of how to celebrate the river’s edge. It will set the standard for development, dramatically improving the quality of life of those who live, work or play within this area. Most importantly, it will help Tianjin achieve international recognition as a remarkable place to live and work. The project includes a city park, a retail and entertainment center, two museums, five high-rise residential towers and blocks of medium density mixed-use. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.
01_BlossomTanggu_Masterplan_Masterplan
Urban Design Click to download project The City of Tanggu is the home of the port of Beijing and Tianjin. Under its young and forward looking leadership, Tanggu is emerging from the shadow of those two great cities, creating a presence of its own. The mayor of Tanggu asked us to create a park and a sculptural icon at the city’s entrance that would immediately communicate to all those arriving both the spirit of the city, and the quality of life it provides. The icon, Blossom Tanggu, combines the beauty of a flower blossom and the power of a rising wave. Both are metaphors for surging potential, while the combination of strength and beauty are particularly powerful in China. The park furthers these metaphors, reminds visitors of the city’s seaside presence, and includes a plethora of activities to ensure that it will always be filled with people, thus communicating the city’s quality of life. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at designing places people love, destinations that delight.
01_Tianjin_MasterPlan
Click to download project Residential Architect | GDW’s approach to designing residential communities in the countryside is based on our belief that there is little advantage to living in the country in a living situation typical of a city. We have, therefore, taken advantage of our site’s high water table to create a large lake and surrounding canal, allowing most homes to enjoy waterfront locations. Further, lakeside homes are always valued, though waterfront homes exclusively located on islands are more valuable still. We therefore carved a number of unique and special islands within the lake, leaving between them a system of romantic canals, featuring summer time rowing and winter time skating, and larger bodies of water for big views and all sorts of water sports. Islands also provides for the need of people to gather, shop, mingle and dine together with two spectacular water front clubs and a vibrant, central and energetic mixed-use town center. Residential Architect | International design studio expert at designing homes and residential projects that people love, places that delight.
RESORT MASTER PLANNER | 2018 Winter Olympics | GlobalDesign Workshop | Brent Thompson
Resort Architect Click to download project Click to download press release We are proud to announce that the GDW master planned Alpensia Resort Village, in South Korea’s Pyeonchang region, won the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics with a decisive win over rivals Munich of Germany and Annecy of France. In the mountainous center of the Korean peninsula there is a beautiful place appropriately named Peace Valley. Our clients asked us to create Alpensia in this valley, a resort unlike any other in Korea as well as facilities to support Korea’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The InterContinental Hotel Group has recently announced that they will operate Alpensia’s three main hotels - a luxury resort hotel and two family hotels. GlobalDesign Workshop’s design creates the critical mass necessary to make a major international resort successful. Based on the resort village concept recently rediscovered in North America, continually enjoyed in Europe, and now deployed in Asia, the village includes an energetic combination of hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and condominiums. The concentration of energy and facilities this concept generates has the additional benefit of leaving much of the beautiful site untouched. Seasonality is one of the biggest challenges faced by the tourism industry. Thus, we have incorporated a host of year around activities, including a wellness center, a year around board hill, an indoor water park and an outlet shopping village. Resort Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning resort destinations people love, places that delight.
11_AphaePort_Birdseye
Transportation Architect Click to download project The Aphae Port Boat Terminal will be the primary point of departure for all guests traveling to the resorts we are designing for the Sinan Diamond area, an archipelago of nearly 1000 islands near the southwest corner of the Korean peninsula. The architecture of the port facilities transitions guests from urban to island. Beyond that, the structures are particularly figurative. Strong forms, crafted of rusted Core-ten steel, are heavily influenced by the work of the internationally acclaimed artist Richard Serra. The buildings suggest boat and ship bows when seen from the water, fish forms when seen from the air. Facilities include the passenger terminal, ferry landing, hotel, marina and support areas. Long-term parking will be centralized at parking structures located in the center of the site, while short term parking will be provided adjacent to the terminal building. Long-term guests will be transported from parking to terminal by a monorail train. Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.
DESIGN ARCHITECT NIGHT BLUE1
Destination Design | One of the fastest growing areas on the planet is China’s Bin Hai New Area. Twenty years ago, China focused its considerable energy on building Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Ten years ago, Shanghai’s Pudong district went through a similar period of growth, and is now home to some of the world’s finest architecture. More recently, China has focused its energies on the Bin Hai New Area. Located on the edge of the Bohai Bay in Tianjin, and just a forty-five minute train ride from Beijing, the focus of the area’s development is the TEDA economic development area. In the heart of TEDA a block of towers is under construction, including one that will be the world’s third tallest. Twenty to thirty-thousand people will visit or work on this block each working day. The entry experience most will experience will not be the grand lobbies of the towers, but instead the system of tunnels that lead to the underground parking structures. GDW was contracted by the TEDA government to design the entry canopies and interior skins of those entry tunnels. GDW’s concept has two major features. First, the tunnel entries. GDW designed a light, flowing, cloud like entry canopy evocative of movement and motion. At night, color changing lights give the canopies an altogether different character, and their quality of movement is enhanced. Our design of the tunnels themselves had two primary goals. First, as with the canopies, our design, a series of liquid, flowing bands of color, evokes movement and energy. Second, along with creating an entry experience for towers, our work is intended to help orient people in the two and a half kilometer long system of tunnels. Our concept, the four seasons, which also relate in China to the four points of the compass, are expressed in both the colors of the seasons and a series of two dimensional icons evocative of those seasons. GDW | Destination Design | Expert design studio creating places people love.
06_TEDA_ConventionCenter_Birdseye
Click to download project Destination Design | Our design for the TEDA Convention Center is a bold reminder of its presence near the sea with a sweeping and optimistic attitude. TEDA, located in the Tianjin province of China, is the rapidly growing home of numerous international companies. This center provides a place for them to meet. Culture is everywhere in China, and culture is central to our work. We believe projects should enjoy the best of what is available internationally, while always remembering, embracing and celebrating the local culture. As a result, the TEDA Convention Center displays bold, international forms and uniquely Chinese elements. The result is a singular architecture that captures the spirit of TEDA. Destination Design | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.
05_SeoulMusicHall_Perspective
Click to download project Cultural Architect | The growth of Seoul since it hosted the Olympics in 1988 has been phenomenal. It has grown in physical size, population and worldwide prominence. Moreover, the city has become the design, style and cultural center of Asia The growth of this great city has focused its energy on the south side of the Han River. Just a generation ago, this area was relatively rural and undeveloped. Now it is home to the seats of power of many of the world’s largest and most innovative corporations. Ironically, however, the wealth of culture that is so endemic to Seoul’s identity, so much a part of what makes the city unique, did not follow the growth of the city as it crossed the Han and flourished in the south. The Lotte Music Hall will forever change the perception and reality of the area. Designed as a catalyst for cultural growth, this monumental facility is a clarion call to the city, a clear and symbolic announcement that culture has found the south of the Han. Cultural Architect | Cultural architects expert at master planning and architectural design of cultural destinations that delight, places people love.
11_TEDAPromenadeWaterShow_Photo
Click to download project Entertainment Design | We relied on two metaphors to capture the spirit of TEDA, a new city in the Tianjin province of China. Water fowls taking flight and the geothermal strength of the earth both speak of untold potential transforming into unreal splendor. Stravinsky’s Firebird captures the strength of both metaphors, so we adopted it as the musical score for the Firebird Water Show. These metaphors lead to a series of compelling water features - a stylized volcano of fire and water, a peaceful waterfowl pond that is transformed into an edgy, yet harmless, geyser pool, and the grand nightly Lagoon Show, the Firebirds. These volcano-like towers are wrapped with sweeping water wings, creating an unexpected contrast that is as beautiful as it is startling. Pragmatically, this water show is a free gift calculated to widen appeal, extend stays and encourage repeat visitation. Entertainment Design | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of entertainment destinations that delight, places people love.
03_TangguBlossomSculpture_Perspective
Urban Design Click to download project The City of Tanggu is the home of the port of Beijing and Tianjin. Under its young and forward looking leadership, Tanggu is emerging from the shadow of those two great cities, creating a presence of its own. The mayor of Tanggu asked us to create a park and a sculptural icon at the city’s entrance that would immediately communicate to all those arriving both the spirit of the city, and the quality of life it provides. The icon, Blossom Tanggu, combines the beauty of a flower blossom and the power of a rising wave. Both are metaphors for surging potential, while the combination of strength and beauty are particularly powerful in China. The park furthers these metaphors, reminds visitors of the city’s seaside presence, and includes a plethora of activities to ensure that it will always be filled with people, thus communicating the city’s quality of life. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at designing places people love, destinations that delight.
KingAbdullah_Masterplan
Destination Design | GDW teamed with HOK on a charrette to create a concept for the entirely new King Abdullah University to be located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Our concept made the most of green building techniques, and is evocative of the sands of the peninsula on the exterior, while the interior is redolent of a classic desert oasis. The typical research laboratory buildings address the heat of the sun with solid, windowless walls. On the shaded north, however, the buildings include enough glass to both light the spaces and to allow the inhabitants to enjoy the oasis environment outside. Students walk through the shaded oasis environment as they move around the campus, allowing them to escape the indoor environment while sheltering them from the harsh desert conditions. Destination Design | International design studio expert in master planning and architectural design of destinations that delight, places people love.
03_HaiheRiver_Icon
Urban Design | Symbols, icons and metaphors are powerful tools to communicate the importance of a place, and a vision for the future. These sculpture pieces, with references to the work of the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, were created for the Haihe River South project in the port city of Tanggu, China. They proclaim the project’s importance to the redevelopment of the city, they capture the spirit of the people of Tanggu, and they foreshadow the city’s future. Urban Design | Urban Design studio expert at master planning cities and public places people love, destinations that delight.
retail design firm, retail design, retail designer, retail design architecture, modern retail design, retail design architect, retail design companies, best retail design, retail designer, retail design firms
Click to download project Retail Architect | Shenfu, in China’s north, is a completely new city defined by the energy, passion and enthusiasm of the local people. At the core of Shenfu is a shiny new lake, and giving life to lake and city alike is GDW’s leisure, dining and retail center, theWave. Additionally, GDW has designed a major exhibit hall, a visitor and investor center of sorts, on the site. The ultimate goal of the retail is to celebrate the exhibit hall, to create a whirlwind of pedestrian activity around it, and display the best of Shenfu’s lifestyle, leisure and entertainment offerings residents, interested visitors and potential investors alike. theWave is appropriately named. It’s swirling walls of rusted Corten steel and glass ripple, curve and roll as they create a vortex centered on the exhibit hall, move people through the space, focus activity in a central public “square,” and frame scenic views of the lake. The exhibit hall will display Shenfu’s plans for the future. theWave will display Shenfu’s heart. Gary Goddard Entertainment [www.garygoddard.com/] created the "Circle of Life" concept, including the great circle sculpture seen in some of our views, for Shenfu. Retail Architect | Retail design studio expert at master planning retail, mixed-use and town center destinations that delight, places people love.    
DESIGN ARCHITECT NIGHT BLUE1
Destination Design | One of the fastest growing areas on the planet is China’s Bin Hai New Area. Twenty years ago, China focused its considerable energy on building Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Ten years ago, Shanghai’s Pudong district went through a similar period of growth, and is now home to some of the world’s finest architecture. More recently, China has focused its energies on the Bin Hai New Area. Located on the edge of the Bohai Bay in Tianjin, and just a forty-five minute train ride from Beijing, the focus of the area’s development is the TEDA economic development area. In the heart of TEDA a block of towers is under construction, including one that will be the world’s third tallest. Twenty to thirty-thousand people will visit or work on this block each working day. The entry experience most will experience will not be the grand lobbies of the towers, but instead the system of tunnels that lead to the underground parking structures. GDW was contracted by the TEDA government to design the entry canopies and interior skins of those entry tunnels. GDW’s concept has two major features. First, the tunnel entries. GDW designed a light, flowing, cloud like entry canopy evocative of movement and motion. At night, color changing lights give the canopies an altogether different character, and their quality of movement is enhanced. Our design of the tunnels themselves had two primary goals. First, as with the canopies, our design, a series of liquid, flowing bands of color, evokes movement and energy. Second, along with creating an entry experience for towers, our work is intended to help orient people in the two and a half kilometer long system of tunnels. Our concept, the four seasons, which also relate in China to the four points of the compass, are expressed in both the colors of the seasons and a series of two dimensional icons evocative of those seasons. GDW | Destination Design | Expert design studio creating places people love.
03_TEDA_Perspective
Click to download project Transportation Architect | A metaphorical waterfowl, this train station tells the story of a crane taking flight. In the beginning, it flaps its wings madly, generating a great deal of noise, but little speed. It seems it will never fly. In time, however, it gains speed, and struggles free of the water. As it takes flight, this awkward fowl is transformed into one of nature’s pictures of grace and beauty. This station, wings outstretched, is perched on the edge of the TEDA Promenades lagoon. As the arrival point for most guests visiting the Promenades, it is a remarkably fitting metaphor for TEDA. Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.
05_TEDADragon_Perspective
Click to download project Transportation Architect | The dragon is the Chinese symbol of strength and dignity. As such, it was an appropriate metaphor for our second concept for the Promenades train station. Bold stone walls serve as the station’s foundation. The dragon-like roof is supported by a line of over-scaled columns, their shape derived from traditional Chinese structural elements. Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.
11_AphaePort_Birdseye
Transportation Architect Click to download project The Aphae Port Boat Terminal will be the primary point of departure for all guests traveling to the resorts we are designing for the Sinan Diamond area, an archipelago of nearly 1000 islands near the southwest corner of the Korean peninsula. The architecture of the port facilities transitions guests from urban to island. Beyond that, the structures are particularly figurative. Strong forms, crafted of rusted Core-ten steel, are heavily influenced by the work of the internationally acclaimed artist Richard Serra. The buildings suggest boat and ship bows when seen from the water, fish forms when seen from the air. Facilities include the passenger terminal, ferry landing, hotel, marina and support areas. Long-term parking will be centralized at parking structures located in the center of the site, while short term parking will be provided adjacent to the terminal building. Long-term guests will be transported from parking to terminal by a monorail train. Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.
01_TokyoTrainstation_ModelDetails
Click to download project Transportation Architect | This monorail station, designed for a major theme park in Japan, is intended to create a transition from the Cartesian modernity and overwhelming vastness of Tokyo to the escape fantasy of the major international theme parks that are the heart of this resort. The station celebrates the resort’s location on the shore of the Tokyo Bay with a series of wave forms and sail forms, each layered against a firm and solid concrete “breakwater”. Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.
05_Tokyotrainstation_Photo
Click to download project Transportation Architect | Just inside what is arguably the world’s best and most successful theme park, Tokyo DisneySea, is a train station that connects the magic of Disney with the teutonic geometry of modern day Tokyo. The train station has, therefore, two purposes. The first is to create an arrival hall for people coming to the park. The second is to transition them emotionally from city to theme park. The architecture of all of the buildings surrounding the park’s main entrance is very literally old Italy. During the concept design process, we asked ourselves “What would Carlo Scarpa do?”, Mr. Scarpa being an early modernist Italian architect who worked in a manner both modern and respectful of the beautiful context of the historical Italian cities in which most of his architecture was built. The design we created attempts to answer this question. It is based on his work for the Bank of Verona, and uses the iconic early modern classic train station design of a series of round vaults, exposed black steel structure and steel framed windows, all of which sits on a classic Italian plinth. Research and design, Observe, Analyze, Implement. Transportation Architect | Destination design studio expert at master planning transportation destinations people love, places that delight.