Guangzhou Knowledge City

A Knowledge and Innovation Hub

Guangzhou Knowledge City (GKC) is the third collaborative project between the China and Singapore governments, after Suzhou Industrial Park and Tianjin Eco-City. Located at the northeast of Guangzhou City, GKC lies at the centre of the Pearl River Delta Region. Being one of the key city developments for Southern China, GKC is positioned as a catalyst for the economic transformation of Guangdong, by way of developing and accelerating the city’s knowledge-based industries.

Sitting at the heart of GKC is a district known as The Core. DP Architects was commissioned to develop the master plan of The Core in conjunction with a local architecture firm, GADP.

Category Urban Planning
Year 2020
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The complexity of modern life generates constant new demands which can be broadly categorised as: the need to improve communication and information technology; the need to discuss and debate; the need for innovation of modern devices; and the need for a balanced lifestyle and environment sustainability These needs inform the contents of the city and drives the creation of themes within The Core.

These themed districts surround a man-made lake. In the centre of the lake is the Knowledge Isle, a publicly accessible island that will exhibit and showcase GKC. The other districts include the Centre of Communications, which is a transport hub and commercial centre; The Forum, comprising a convention centre and hotels; the Centre of Product Innovation which is a research hub; and Wellness City to promote healthy lifestyle. Connecting these districts is the Garden by the Lake, a live-work-play environment that integrates nature with man-made spaces.

The Core is encircled by an 80-metre-wide green belt. This belt acts as a green buffer and at the same time provides the dwellers a place for recreation and leisure activities. Cycling and jogging along the green belt is possible without the disruption of vehicular traffic. An all-weather covered pedestrian-friendly promenade strings the different parcels together by way of public bridges that extend along the waterfront, presenting inhabitants with a 360-degree experience of the city.

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2020 Architecture Masterprize, Urban Planning, Winner
Guangzhou Knowledge City
2015 SIP Planning Awards 2015 (Silver Award)
Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (Core Area)