A new “COVID-proof” city is being planned in China, designed for people to live in during future lockdowns.
Spanish architects Guallart won a competition to build the community in Xiong’an, and the hope is it will be a model for “a new standard in the post-COVID era” that can be used in cities around the world.
Designed as a “self-sufficient city,” the development is set to include apartments with large balconies, vegetable gardens, greenhouses, solar panels, communal workspaces, a pool, food market, kindergarten, and drone-friendly terraces designed for deliveries.
Many of the streets will be reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, and there will be lots of greenery.
The idea is to provide “a full life in times of confinement,” a press release reads.