Master Plan
Urban Planning
Employing a full array of regenerative design strategies, this master plan transforms an urban wasteland into a model city for sustainable living.

Located on a 360-acre site on the outskirts of Incheon, South Korea, Confluence City is a mixed-use sustainable development designed to regenerate the biological life and natural beauty that existed before this area’s wetlands were drained and the property was used for manufacturing soda ash. The master plan defines six districts, each with an urban function and a distinct natural feature. The districts flow from one to the next—like water from the city toward the sea. They are unified by two important urban elements: the Green Current and the Aqua Promenade.

The master plan brings a diverse mix of commercial and residential uses together with pedestrian- and bike-oriented public space.
Confluence City merges ecology and urban design
making regenerative development.
The site was a mud flat prior to being drained and filled so the land could be used for industrial purposes.
The landscape design mines the rich ecological history of the site and strives to regenerate the natural beauty of the wetlands that previously existed here.
“Confluence” means “a coming or flowing together.” In Confluence City natural and functional forces flow together within a model sustainable development.
The flow of urban conditions was rigorously studied and considered for the overall design.
The design and planning team addressed the functional needs of people who will live and work in Confluence City while mining biological data to determine which natural attributes should be restored and amplified.
The overall 380-acre master plan is the merging of natural and synthetic, biological and man-made needs balanced into a new form of regenerative planning.
The Aqua Promenade celebrates the beauty of water with a series of sustainable fountains and other features that purify site water before it is released back into the Yellow Sea.
The new development is stunning in its architecture yet symbiotic with its site and integrally connected to its urban and natural environment.