Beijing Finance Street
Located in the city’s historic center, Beijing Finance Street is China’s new “Wall Street.” The vibrant district, built in time for the 2008 Olympic Games, contains a diverse mix of commercial and residential buildings, in addition to ample public space. SOM’s master plan capitalized on the city’s tremendous economic energy and addressed the resulting challenges of improving transportation and air quality.
The scale is unmistakably pedestrian, which reflects the client’s goal to create both formal and informal meeting places. A network of lush gardens, courtyards, and landscaped pathways weave between buildings and result in a walkable environment. The district is anchored by the “Great Urban Atrium,” a crescent-shaped structure that opens onto a central park. Now bustling with around-the-clock activity, Beijing Finance Street has become a prominent fixture within the city