The design challenges are varied and complex. The traditional Shikumen buildings must be repaired thoughtfully to transform them for new needs, while the new buildings also bear the responsibility of protecting and revitalizing the entire historic district. Balancing the commercial needs of the new era and the preservation of heritage buildings has become the key answer to the challenge.
The new building planning revitalizes the texture and characteristics of the historic Shikumen buildings of Ningbo, and applies a modern sustainable design language via the use of various materials such as bricks, wood and bronze. Under the precondition of maintaining the original layout of the historic streets, the design strikes a balance between commercial needs and historic preservation by upgrading existing alleys, creating new streets, integrating squares and sorting out commercial circulation. This creates harmonious coexistence between the past and the future.