JGA, in collaboration with Lewis Bailie, have submitted a multi-family townhouse design proposal for a open international competition in China. Molewa is part of an ambitious project to pioneer how "new urbanization" can be achieved in conjunction to promoting cultural and architectural innovation. The "new town" is one solution to decentralize the population surge to the cities by creating new towns is rural areas bring economic growth and income to the these areas in an effort to overcome the significant socioeconomic problem in China of over populating the cities. Our proposal is one part of a larger site that lies along the outer finger of the Yangtze River. A major part of the new town development is the creation of one of the world's largest flower-themed parks that will feature as part of the "new urbanization" attraction.
The design concept for the multi-family townhouses draws inspiration from the European townhouse model that is tried and tested as a great example of dense urban housing and combines that with an element of the Chinese vernacular. The design proposal incorporates features of the traditional Chinese courtyard and garden theme by situating the townhouses around a raised garden podium which denotes a separation between public and private areas. The houses themselves are abstracted monolithic blocks with punched holes that form windows to the views towards the new flower garden and the Yangtze River.