Situated in China’s southeast Fujian Province between Hong Kong and Taiwan, Xiamen is a fast-emerging business center with vast economic growth potential. Maluan Bay is one of the key planned extensions of Xiamen, as a high-density sub-center serviced by BRT and two planned metro lines. The Maluan Bay New Town Plan capitalizes on the development opportunity of this unique bayfront site formerly occupied by aquaculture and small farms and villages. The design optimizes views to surrounding hills and preserves existing creek corridors while celebrating mountain vistas and waterfront access. Since the site is part of a regional watershed, an important aspect of the design is creating a flood catchment area within the open space structure, and designing water features that work with the tidal flushing action.
The project demonstrates compact, walkable TOD design in the form of unique waterfront neighborhoods. Coupled with planned Metro lines and quick access to the nearby seaport, the design reconfigured the BRT network to enhance transit accessibility. The design includes an Urban Center, two Town Centers, and a series of transit villages.
The project also includes a conservation strategy for some of the existing historic fishing villages. Selected villages will be preserved, retaining the urban form, movement networks, ponds and orchards; while providing civic amenities and infrastructure such as schools and playgrounds.