LEED ND: Built Project v3 - LEED 2009
Foshan Lingnan Tiandi Development
LEED Gold 2011
The project team was committed to integrating holistic sustainable design into the foundations of the development to create a socially vibrant, ecologically restorative, economically sound community.
Foshan Lingnan Tiandi, located in the city center of Foshan in the Guangdong province of southern China, is a mixed-use urban redevelopment undertaken by Shui On Land Limited (SOL). Inspired by other successful redevelopment projects, SOL was committed to leveraging their expertise to the revitalization of Foshan’s Old Town. The project not only preserves the historical and cultural heritage of the area, promoting the city’s unique identity, but also ushers in a modern lifestyle and facilities to the community. Foshan Lingnan Tiandi was designed to be a low-carbon development, minimizing environmental impacts and creating a world-class sustainable community.
The project team was committed to integrating holistic sustainable design into the foundations of the development to create a socially vibrant, ecologically restorative, economically sound community. Through a rigorous master-planning process, Shui On Land ensured that Foshan Lingnan Tiandi was fully consistent with government objectives in economic development and urban planning while simultaneously incorporating local historical and cultural characteristics into designs and planning.
Site selection was essential to the project planning process. The project strives to manifest the “Total Community” concept, providing a full range of modern facilities for residential, office, retail, entertainment and leisure. Seeking to revitalize a downtown that had become industrialized, SOL chose a location in the heart of traditional Foshan City, incorporating a mixture of buildings with historical significance, traditional residences, and commercial and institutional buildings. An emphasis was placed on creating a strong and dynamic community that encourages walking, requiring a minimum of 50% of dwelling units to be within 800m walking distance of at least 10 of different use types.
Reinvigorating the traditional culture, art and architecture of the Foshan and Lingnan region, the project will reuse a minimum of 20% of the existing historic building stock. By preserving the web of alleyways, arcades, and open spaces characteristic of the area, the design encourages outdoor activity.
In addition to creating venues for community engagement, the project team is committed to incorporating green technologies through the development. Solar panels will be used to heat the hot water system at the on-site hotel as well as provide electricity for street and landscape lighting throughout. Central AC units for small-scale buildings in the historical district were chosen instead of the traditional split-unit in order to reduce energy consumption.
The rainwater system is designed to recycle collected rainwater for irrigation and road cleaning, and local plants were selected to reduce the consumption of potable water. To maximize the use of space, they aim to have at least 50% green roof coverage for the site, as well as a number of vertical gardens.