UK-based architect Foster+Partners has released its design plan for a key seaport project and a financial centre in the city of Qingdao in China’s Shandong province.

This will be the designer’s debut project at Qingdao, named 1 Nanjing Road, which is a mixed-use development that includes an office within a residential tower at a height of 240m.

Located in the city’s southern district, 1 Nanjing Road aims to achieve a three-star green building certification alongside LEED V4 and WELL V2 accreditations.

Foster+Partners studio head Gerard Evenden said: “We are delighted to be working on the practice’s first project in Qingdao. Our tower on Nanjing Road contains high-quality office space, a three-storey clubhouse and luxury apartments on the upper levels.

“At its base, a retail podium, landscaped garden and art gallery create a vibrant pedestrianised public realm and a new thoroughfare to the sea.”

The aforementioned retail podium takes inspiration from local rock formations and will serve as a new food and beverage destination in Qingdao.

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The office lobby will be located on the second floor of the lower and will directly link to two neighbouring retail buildings through outdoor sky bridges. A series of terraces surround the foyer and will offer additional public space.

Offices will be divided into low and high zones, with scenic views of a park and the sea nearby.

The office floors will come with operable windows that provide natural ventilation and double-height spaces on the south side of the floor plan, thereby bolstering workplace amenities and enabling future flexibility.

Above these offices, a three-storey clubhouse is set to provide areas for relaxation and events for workers, residents, and club members. It will feature an infinity pool, private dining rooms, and a bar.

Finally, the tower’s uppermost floors will comprise 105 apartments with balconies offering views of the ocean. Each room will be ventilated and optimised for energy consumption.