Mountain Retirement Resort / Village near Lake Taihu Bay, China

Massive economic growth in China has propelled changes to the traditional social construct that has seen the emergence of retirement village developments. Within the context of vast urban development.

The objective of the masterplan was to provide a unique living experience for the residents who occupy the development of a new, dominantly green, sustainable urban development. The master plan is in designed in accordance with the “International Garden City” concept, “Taihu Bay Wujin impression”; reflecting the city’s philosophy of nature and water as an important part of the landscape and urban theme to unique green development. Whilst protecting and expanding upon traditional form and nurture local culture - building new forms of urban space and creating a main platform for interaction within the Taihu Bay.

Occurring across the country, this new type is challenging customary social behaviours of care for the elderly. Changes in economic wealth, affordable construction, and property redefined for development has the community reconsidering how they might care for their elderly that still maintains traditional social values. This research was commissioned by the local government of Wujin to design a masterplan for a retirement village that addresses these new conditions.

An innovative urban solution for an aging population incorporating sustainable building construction and lifestyle practices evidenced in master plan for the retirement village with unique types of urban living that provided a wide range of care for the elderly interwoven with recreational facilities and accommodation for the residents, but more importantly to facilitate and encourage extended visits by family members of all ages in order to maintain the inter-generational bond. The design utilised the existing forest and cultivated landscape to create a natural setting that bellied its build density maximize solar gain for renewable energy production, and the sustainable management of rainwater.

This research demonstrates the capacity for the design of the built environment to meet challenges of changes in social structures and to develop new models for living that build on tradition and simultaneously implement sustainable practices of building, planning and lifestyle for the future. The outcomes of this research are not restricted to China as the place of their origin as they question conventional western models of practice concerned with retirement developments and offer new ways to conceive of these as integrated components of our built and social fabric.

Site Area : 37.8ha
Built 24%

  • Landscaped 76%
  • 226 Villas
  • 378 Apartments
  • 1 Hotel
  • 1 Spa
  • 1 Commercial