One vision: How architecture is key to developing the Belt and Road region

Dec 2017


The One Belt One Road initiative is one of the most significant economic development strategies of our time. The two-pronged model, which comprises of the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt, and the oceangoing 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, connects more than 60 countries across Asia, Europe and Africa, and accounts for 30 percent of global GDP as well as over 30 percent of the world’s merchandise trade. One of Asia’s most prolific architectural practices, P&T operates in over 70 cities with over 2,200 projects in along the Belt and Road region, and has and will continue to positively shape the cities along the world’s most important trading route with a vision of connecting people and places in an increasingly globalised world.


Creating new opportunities

P&T's network along the Belt and Road region has helped create new opportunities while facilitating business expansion in developing nations. The new developments also provide an opportunity for expanding businesses to mark their presence in new locations, establishing elusive brand equity by setting up in an enviable address. Being a multi-disciplinary architectural, urban design and engineering firm, creating modern and inspirational architecture can also activate a citizenry to engage more with their surrounds, helping to cultivate a spirit of creativity and innovation. These intangible elements will become an increasingly salient feature of cities along the Belt and Road region, as the eyes of the world turn to the well-travelled route.


P&T expands its footprint along the region

At the heart of it all, the impact of P&T will be widely felt. In the Middle East and Africa, projects such as the award-winning Bourdillon No4 will set new standards of luxury living in Lagos, Nigeria, which is soon to become the third largest city in the world by population, while the highly sustainable, 70-storey mixed use BurjRafal rises high above the streets of Riyadh, as the Saudi capital’s first ever luxury apartment building.


Bourdillon No4 in Lagos, Nigeria, will set new standards of luxury living in Africa

BurjRafal rises high above the streets of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


P&T has also made its presence felt in the brave new world of the Indian subcontinent. In India, Vasant Lawns brings to the city of Thane its first ever luxury residential development across eight visually striking 22-storey towers.


The design of Vasant Lawns in Mumbai, India, exudes a sense of classic timelessness


Further down in Sri Lanka, the multiple award-winning Achilleion has established itself as a landmark address for Colombo’s high-flyers, two majestic towers overlooking the Indian Ocean with an exclusive sky restaurant topped with a helipad.


Located in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Achilleion overlooks the Indian Ocean 


Mixed use developments in Southeast Asia, such as The One Parc Puri, Jakarta and Southern Marina, Kuala Lumpur, also offer people in those cities new possibilities for engaging with their waterfront. 


The design of Southern Marina, Kuala Lumpur, is inspired by the geography of South East Asia