Han Cheng Ancient City - Birth place of Si Ma Qian Ancient Chinese Historian
HanCheng Ancient City Regeneration Master Plan, like our Ping Le Regeneration Master Plan is a catalyst development of a revival for the ancient town, but with a contemporary edge. HanCheng is the reputed birth place of Si Ma Qian, famous in China for writing the first 3000 years of China's history almost 2 millennia ago.
HanCheng had been a walled city built on the traditional Chinese 9 square. Our site is between two ancient temples, one Daoist and the other Confucian and close to what had been the East Gate to the City.
In providing the masterplan for the first phase, we looked at the scars of the earlier street patterns and subdivision. Much of format for the new layout was based upon another local ancient town where the street patterns and courtyard houses have survived the ravage of post 1949 Revolutionary China. However, we used an idea to open up the courtyards to make some more accessible as commercial use and also provided a new dimension in that we used a basement level to link some courtyards and provide storage and ancillary equipment areas.
As you can see from the photographs above the completion of phase 1 has lead to a new commission to provide a regeneration plan for the remainder of the old walled city. We have also gained acclaim from the ancient city of Xian (Home to the Terracotta Army). Not because we are able to design ancient Chinese buildings, but more because of our success in making connections between old and new, while integrating some contemporary elements that give the ability to attract all age groups and integrate with modern construction methods and planning codes. While still telling an historic story of evolution.
All our regeneration planning is like a written novel, there is an introduction, a plot and ending that provides an answer, but leads to another novel in the series. Below you will find a short video about Si Ma Qian and the history of China for which he is famous in China at least.
Han Cheng, China
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