Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd.

19:00 - 27 April, 2016
Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd.

Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd. Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd. Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd. Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd. +28

Mecanoo’s Cultural Center in Shenzhen Set to Top Out in April

06:00 - 31 March, 2016
Mecanoo’s Cultural Center in Shenzhen Set to Top Out in April, Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

A new cultural center designed by Mecanoo, located in the Longgang district of Shenzhen, China is currently under construction and is set to top out by end-April. With the goal of revitalizing an existing park-square, the new complex includes a variety of programs such as a bookshop, an art museum, a youth center, and a science center. The nearly 100,000 square-meter building is set to open to the public in 2018. 

Open Competition: Multi-Dimensional Space Planning for Bao’an (G107 Fashion Business Zone)

13:30 - 28 March, 2016
 Open Competition: Multi-Dimensional Space Planning for Bao’an (G107 Fashion Business Zone)

Bao’an District, located in west of Shenzhen, adjacent to Pearl River Estuary in the west and bordered with Dongguan in the north, as well as in the golden corridor connecting Guangdong and Hong Kong and the heartland for development backbone of Great Pearl River Delta, is featured by advantageous geographical location. Taking National Highway G107, Bao’an Avenue and Metro Line 1 as the skeleton, the Golden Development Zone is one of the three major zones in the overall spatial structure of “three zones, two hearts, two cities and one valley” delimited by Bao’an Comprehensive Plan, with a total length of about 30km.

IBOBI Kindergarten / VMDPE

19:00 - 17 March, 2016
IBOBI Kindergarten / VMDPE, © Kevin Ho
© Kevin Ho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, China
  • Design Team

    Sim Chow, Echo Jia, Vinci Chan
  • Area

    630.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Kevin Ho © Kevin Ho © Kevin Ho © Kevin Ho +19

"Floating Fields" Wins Shenzhen UABB Award And is Set to Continue Through 2016

04:00 - 17 March, 2016
"Floating Fields" Wins Shenzhen UABB Award And is Set to Continue Through 2016, © Thomas Chung
© Thomas Chung

The Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale (UABB) in Shenzhen finished in February, but at least one element of it lives on. Floating Fields, a project by Thomas Chung, Associate Professor of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was installed at the UABB site at the Dacheng Flour Mills in Shekhou as a demonstration of a concept to return agriculture to the Shenzhen's bay with floating agricultural fields. The project, which forms the major landscape piece at the Biennale, received the Biennale Organising Committee Award at the event's closing ceremony.

© Thomas Chung © Thomas Chung © Thomas Chung © Thomas Chung +25

BIAD's Proposal for Shekou Sea World Culture and Arts Center

12:00 - 23 February, 2016
BIAD's Proposal for Shekou Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD
Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD

Beijing Institute of Architectural Design's (BIAD) 2A2 Design Department has unveiled their proposal for the Culture and Arts Center serving the newly developed Shekou Sea World area in Shenzhen. The design takes a rare attempt to optimize the interaction between commercial and cultural spaces, by taking advantage of the surrounding seascape.

Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD +10

Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen

12:30 - 4 February, 2016
Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects have won an international competition to design the world's largest waste-to-energy plant on the outskirts of Shenzhen, China. The new "Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plan will be capable of incinerating 5000 tonnes of waste per day - "one third of the waste generated by Shenzhen's 20 million inhabitants every year," according to the team. In addition to incinerating waste and generating power, the plant will serve as a place to teach residents about its purpose. 

Shan-Zhen: How a Small Irish Town Influenced the Mega-City Shenzhen

04:00 - 26 January, 2016
Shan-Zhen: How a Small Irish Town Influenced the Mega-City Shenzhen, Aerial photograph of Shannon Airport (1959) set within its rural context. Image Courtesy of Shannon Group plc
Aerial photograph of Shannon Airport (1959) set within its rural context. Image Courtesy of Shannon Group plc

At the dawn of the age of transatlantic commercial aviation, Shannon, a small town on the west coast of Ireland, was thrust into the spotlight. By 1959 it had been developed as the world’s first Free Trade Zone and New Town, providing a new—and persistent—business model for US multinationals seeking cheaper ways to operate in Europe. On the other side of the world, China was beginning to develop its urbanisation policy and was interested in how Shannon had successfully decentralised its administration from Dublin. After many visits in the early 1980s by Chinese leaders to study this model, under the direction of Deng Xiaoping, the Shannon planning system was used as a template in the formation of Shenzhen and has since been rolled across China.

New Horizon_architecture from Ireland is the flagship exhibition programme for Irish architecture and the built environment as part of Irish Design 2015. Shan-Zhen was first presented at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in 2015.

Teabank / Crossboundaries

17:00 - 22 January, 2016
Teabank / Crossboundaries, © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao / Crossboundaries
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen Software Industry Base (Xuefu Road), Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Area

    1980.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Dong Hao / Crossboundaries © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries +18

HENN Wins Competition to Design Kingdee Tower in China

06:00 - 21 January, 2016
HENN Wins Competition to Design Kingdee Tower in China, © HENN
© HENN

HENN has won first place in the competition to design Kingdee Tower, the headquarters for software company Kingdee in Shenzhen, China. The 44-story glazed tower will be the central building for the new headquarters, rising from an irregular pentagon plan situated between two existing nine-story blocks.

© HENN © HENN © HENN © HENN +13

Shenzhen Software Industry Base / gmp architekten

19:00 - 14 January, 2016
Shenzhen Software Industry Base / gmp architekten, © Christan Gahl
© Christan Gahl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design

    Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke
  • Area

    137900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Christan Gahl © Christan Gahl © Christan Gahl © Christan Gahl +11

OPEN's Competition Entry for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

12:00 - 4 January, 2016
OPEN's Competition Entry for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library, Courtesy of Open Architecture
Courtesy of Open Architecture

In May 2015, Shenzhen Art Museum and Shenzhen Library organized an international design competition for their new homes in Longhua District. 134 firms submitted concept proposals for the first stage, eight firms were selected to enter the second phase competition in July, among them OMA, Steven Holl, Mecanoo, OPEN, KSP, and others. Below is OPEN’s competition entry for the second phase.

Courtesy of Open Architecture Courtesy of Open Architecture Courtesy of Open Architecture Courtesy of Open Architecture +22

AD Interviews: Hubert Klumpner / 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

08:00 - 2 January, 2016

At the opening to the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) we took a moment to speak with Hubert Klumpner, one of the event's six curators. A professor from the ETH Zurich Swiss Institute of Technology and partner at Urban Think Tank, Klumpner, together with Alfredo Brillembourg, spearheaded the curation of "Radical Urbanism," a sub-theme of the entire Biennale's wider theme, "Re-Living the City."

"...we believe that we have enough buildings, enough construction, enough infrastructure. And it is now time to consolidate it and find the qualities within the built. This is not against future production, it is more about a consideration of what we really want in cities." - Hubert Klumpner

Read on to learn how the "Radical Urbanism" exhibition reveals what we can learn from the interventions and ad-hoc, bottom-up initiatives. Also, don't miss Klumpner and Brillembourg's essay, "The Evolution of Radical Urbanism: What Does the Future Hold for Our Cities."

Steven Holl Architects Unveil Proposal for Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

06:00 - 21 December, 2015
Steven Holl Architects Unveil Proposal for Shenzhen Art Museum and Library, © Steven Holl Architects
© Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has unveiled their design for a new public library and museum in a developing area of Shenzhen, China. With the goal of creating a public space with two buildings connected below the plaza level, the massing concept is based on a three-part removal. While the design did win the most votes from the jury in the overall competition, city officials chose a different scheme to continue with.

© Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects +22

The Evolution of Radical Urbanism: What Does the Future Hold for Our Cities?

14:50 - 4 December, 2015
The Evolution of Radical Urbanism: What Does the Future Hold for Our Cities?, Metro Cable Caracas / Urban Think Tank. Image © Iwan Baan
Metro Cable Caracas / Urban Think Tank. Image © Iwan Baan

Earlier today in Shenzhen the 6th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) opened its doors to public. Under the overall theme "Re-Living the City," curators Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner of Urban Think Tank headed up the "Radical Urbanism" exhibit in the main venue. Brillembourg and Klumpner invited the exhibition participants to show how we can learn from ad-hoc and "bottom-up" initiatives for alternative urban solutions. In the following essay - originally printed in the UABB 2015 catalogue - the curators call for us to "rethink how we can operate within the city, learn from its emerging intelligence and shap[e] its outcomes to radical and tactical ends."

The notion of a radical urbanism draws us unavoidably into the realm of the political. Imagining a more equitable and sustainable future involves an implicit critique of the spatial and societal conditions produced by prevailing urban logics.[1] As such, we are not only reminded of Le Corbusier’s famous ultimatum, “architecture or revolution,” but its generational echo in Buckminster Fuller’s more catastrophic pronouncement, “utopia or oblivion.”[2] Both were zero-sum scenarios born of overt social disjuncture, whether the deprivations and tensions of the interwar period, or the escalating conflicts and ecological anxiety of the late 1960s. While the wave of experimental "post utopian" practices that emerged in the early 1970s positioned themselves explicitly in opposition to perceived failures of the modern movement, these disparate groups shared a belief – however disenchanted – with their predecessors in the idea that radical difference was possible, as well as a conviction that a break was necessary.

Buckminster Fuller's Montreal Biosphere. Image © Flickr user rodmaia licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 The Plug in City by Peter Cook of Archigram. Image © Peter Cook via Archigram Archives Kisho Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule Tower. Image © Arcspace Houses built using the Walter Segal system in South London. Image © Chris Moxley +9

gmp Designs New Headquarters for CNPEC in Shenzhen, China

14:00 - 27 November, 2015
gmp Designs New Headquarters for CNPEC in Shenzhen, China, Courtesy of gmp Architekten
Courtesy of gmp Architekten

Following a closed competition, which included practices like OMA, KPF and Henn Architects, gmp Architects was selected to design the new CNPEC Headquarters in Longgang, Shenzhen, Southeast China. The power corporation called for a new building that could house over 4000 employees. Read more about gmp’s design proposal after the break.

KSP Jürgen Engel Wins Competition for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

14:00 - 26 November, 2015
KSP Jürgen Engel Wins Competition for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library, © KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
© KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten has won an international competition for the new Shenzhen Art Museum and Library. Selected over schemes by Steven Holl, Mecanoo, OMA, and others, the winning project takes the shape as three "elements" - an art museum, library and archive, and new "Culture Plaza" - united by a "stone podium." 

"The main concept behind the design was to create a space that brings together art, culture, and an urban environment – a space where people and culture are encouraged to interact," says the architects.

Fun. Noodle Bar / Fanbo Zeng

19:00 - 25 November, 2015
Fun. Noodle Bar / Fanbo Zeng, © Chao Zhang & Yishan Lin
© Chao Zhang & Yishan Lin
  • Architects

  • Location

    1979B, 1011 Qiaoxiang Road, Shenzhen, China
  • Photography

    Chao Zhang & Yishan Lin
  • General Contractor

    SZCCZS
  • Area

    273.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Chao Zhang & Yishan Lin © Chao Zhang & Yishan Lin © Chao Zhang & Yishan Lin © Chao Zhang & Yishan Lin +14