Manshan Spa Eco-Town
Manshan Spa Eco-town is located in Sheling Town, Shuangyang District, on the southeast development axis of Changchun. Known as the “Spring City in Northern China”, Changchun is in the urban development stage of “internal renewal and external expansion”. This undergoing transformation lists Sheling Town as a pioneering functional area with an emphasis on sustainability. The development goal is to host the population, especially elderly, who want to move away from the central urban area in the future.
Sheling town planning consists of a Core Functional Area surrounded by 4 groups of communities with different focus: Science & Education Area, Business & Entertainment Area, Rural Leisure Area, and Waterfront Cultural Community.
Manshan Spa Eco-Town is located between the Waterfront Cultural Community and the Business & Entertainment Area, key development nodes for the region at this stage. The government intends to gradually extend the supporting infrastructure and facilities to build this area into a modern, attractive, and sustainable community for the future.
Hot spring facilities and holiday tourism make the core of the Spa Eco-Town. But with the integration of culture, entertainment, health, and sports facilities within an attractive and accessible landscape, it makes the proposal of a modern, complex and diversified town.
Ecological principles for balanced urban developing are upheld, with great emphasis on water management and connectivity. This attitude will be deepened by RhineScheme in the 1st Planning Phase, river landscape and hotel, at the very west end of the site.
The idyllic riverside sets the tone for RhineScheme’s proposal for a town dedicated to well-being. The landscape design for the riverside encourages community integration by the strategic inclusion of bridges and facilities, such as an aviary within a full-length network of side paths, optimized to develop and preserve wetlands and healthy waterways. The Waterfront becomes an axis of leisure, for both active enjoyment and mindful contemplation. And with a wide array of possible activities for all seasons, it is also a valuable asset for tourism, making its conservation a business investment as well.
The more touristic part lies also on the west side of the development. In the center the hot springs and spa complex is designed for relaxation and comfort. A resort to the north and hotel to the south, offer various accommodation to adapt to different visitors’ preferences. And lastly, a lively touristic villa with shops, restaurants, and experience centers offers multiple entertainment options related to the place and connects to the riverside.
Surrounded by the residential areas, the geographical center of the Spa Eco-Town serves as the “Living Core” of the communities. Conveniently located in the intersection of the two main streets, big-scale service, business, and commercial centers are stablished here, along with the primary and middle schools that serve the whole town. The largest area of the proposal area is dedicated to housing. A great diversity of residential patterns is accommodated and combined, to suit different possible tenants and promote high-quality everyday life. Small-scale proximity commercial, sport, healthcare, and educational facilities are integrated in the different areas and interconnected trough continuous slow systems of biking, running, and walking paths that promote a healthier, more active, and more sustainable lifestyle.
A holistic health care center as well as a Chinese medicine hospital are marking the end of the town to the East. Similar to the spa and hot springs area, the health-focused planning is sparser and designed for relaxation and comfort. Elderly housing and a care home are also part of the area.
RhineScheme’s comprehensive approach to Zhongyi’s Sheling Town development in Changchun, proposes an eco-conscious, dynamic, and diversified environment for visitors and residents to invest in their well-being.
The close commuting with nature, slow-pace dynamics, and varied entertainment and wellness facilities make Manshan Spa Eco-Town an ideal place to enjoy a healthy, joyful and sustainable lifestyle.