• Beijing, China


  • Planning


  • Planning


  • Christopher Groesbeck, Principal
Christopher Groesbeck


The Tanzhesi master plan consists of a town center located in a valley of the Mentougou District, Beijing, and 11 mountain villages covering a total development area of 480 hectares, (1,186 acres).  This is a historical site consisting of ancient relics such as a 1,400-year-old Tanzhesi temple (a temple that was patronized by emperors of 3 dynasties twice monthly), a Ming dynasty gateway, and ancient trees ranging from 500 – 1,000 years old.

The goal of the master plan is to create a high-end sustainable resort destination that also respects the history and the natural environment of the site.  The program includes high-end residential, retail and commercial, an 18-hole golf resort facility, balanced by civic and cultural institutions for a population of 40,000. This master plan respects and celebrates the history by organizing new developments around its historical relics and the natural landscape.

When presented to the Beijing Government, their response was that this project set the new gold standard of planning in its balance of social, cultural, environmental and development outcomes. The importance of maintaining the existing community and integrating this community with the new development as well as the restoration of historical villages and the ancient aqueduct system were central in the development of our approach.

- Christopher Groesbeck

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