econet china partner RhineScheme planned and built „Little Hannover” district in the city of Changde


During the last decade, it became more and more popular in China to build cities and districts in famous western urban design. After Changde and Hannover, which is located in northern Germanys Lower-Saxony, became sister cities in 2006, the city of Changde announced in September 2015 to build a district in the typical north German urban design.

The RhineScheme architects got their design inspiration from famous north German cities such as Hannover, Münster, Lübeck and Hamburg. “Little Hannover” is due to be a platform for Changde to showcase its economy, host foreign affairs and to set a link between China and Germany. The district is also set to be a famous tourist attraction. The opening ceremony took place at the 18th October during the Changde Tourism Festival.

Hannoversche Straße in Changde

RhineScheme GmbH has been responsible for the design, planning and construction of the “Little Hannover” district. The district occupies 46.800 square meters. The aim of the Changde government, the project owner, is to build a district in the typical north German urban design and to show the relatedness between both cities, Changde and Hannover. Buildings in the district used to have the typical gothic and timber frame style which is typical for north German cities. The main part of the town is the 450-meter-long shopping avenue called “Hannoversche Straße” which is due to have restaurants, bars and various shops.

Birds eye view of "Little Hannover"

Visitors for example could taste real Hannover coffee in the “Hannoversche Kaffeemanufaktur”, enjoy German food and beer in “Deutsch Restaurant” and see top-notch German art.

View to the Hannoversche Straße from the Nigu-Bridge

The eastern part of the district borders to the Chuanzi river, the southern part of the district borders to the Nigu-bridge which is built in a typical Chinese style and leads to the “Liebesinsel” which is planned to be a neighboring district in the urban design of a typical Mediterranean city.

Birds eye view of the "Liebesinsel"

The district also owns a “Hannover House” which promotes the city of Hannover and the region for Chinese tourists but also for commercial contacts. The governing mayor of Hannover, Stefan Schostok came to “Little Hannover” to attend the opening ceremony and to get an impression about the strong Chinese interest in Germany.

Mr. Loebel inspecting the construction site

Mr. Wolf Loebel, German architect and Managing Director of RhineScheme, visited the construction site every month, kept track of the construction progress, exchanged with the construction teams on-site to monitor every detail and ensure achievement of the project quality and deliverables.

Mr.Wolf Loebel is supervising the construction site with his Chinese colleague

RhineScheme‘s Chinese branch office was established in Beijing in 2004. Since then, equipped with an equal German-Chinese management, it focuses on Chinese projects – mainly urban planning and big-scale residential projects as well as ecological construction technologies. With more than a dozen architects and urban planners – half Chinese, half foreign staff – Beijing branch office has an experienced local team which is familiar with both Chinese and Western planning conditions and culture, able to combine international experiences with local technical support and to facilitate project coordination in China. RhineScheme‘s Beijing branch acts as organizer and Representative Office of the planning team consisting of about 80 mainly German architects and urban planners, as well as around 200 associated engineers and consultants, landscape and interior designers.

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