The vision of the Beijing Olympic Plaza Project was to create one of the top destinations in Beijing, a one-of-a-kind urban environment for all of the city's residents and visitors to enjoy, by providing world-class facilities for sports, entertainment,shopping, living, and dining.
The focus of the development program was a world-class, 20,000-seat multi-use arena. In combination with a 30,000-seat outdoor soccer stadium with covered spectator areas and a tennis center with a private club and ten air-conditioned courts, these facilities were planned to make the Beijing Olympic Plaza one of the foremost sports and entertainment facilities in the city. The project also included 200,000 m2 of office space; 85,000 m2 of hotel space in two towers; 78,000m2 of service apartments in two mid-rise blocks and villas; 30,000 m2 for an entertainment complex, theatres, and cultural amenities; 165,000 m2 of retail; and 300,000 m2 of parking for approximately 8,000 cars.
In addition to taking advantage of the size of the site and its existing natural flora to provide generous green belt areas, the development concept featured an expansive plaza for outdoor events. With further opportunity to exploit the ample green belt and open spaces of the project, the retail component was configured as a climate-controlled "canal walk". In addition to its functions as a circulatory, visual, and experiential link, the "canal walk" was planned to serve as an attraction for both commerce and community - a dynamic element that would enhance and enliven circulation along the length of the retail mall and to serve as a concourse for services and activities along its edges.
Positioned at strategic locations, the multitude of functions and usages along the "canal walk" were planned to create a synergy that would translate not only into a successful economic model but also a compelling physical model with a dramatic visual impact as the gateway to Beijing.
For the planning and design of this project, hch directed a design team that consisted of Gensler, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, Rossetti, and Fei & Cheng Associates.