Huasen Architects (HSA) have been announced winners of the Fangda Headquarters competition. The winning proposal, located in Shenzhen, China, reshapes the existing site into a 300,000 sqm vortex of retail, office, entertainment and recreation spaces, stemming off a high-tech research and technical development hub. Competition requirements called for the integration of a bus terminal predicated on government officials’ calculations that 55% of users would arrive by bus.
HSA used this factor as a starting point, quite literally. The center of the complex becomes a spatial node, likened to the eye of a cyclone, from which four office towers of varying heights revolve from. The linear bands on the ground and podium levels seamlessly swirl into a regular pattern of vertical louvers, juxtaposing the playful curves of the commercial spaces with the “business-as-usual” character of the glass and aluminum-clad towers. Users traveling along Beihuan Road can catch unique perspectives of each tower as the vertical louvers recede and reappear on the glassy, aqueous exterior to shade unpleasant solar rays from distracting workers on the inside.
Plazas, vegetated areas and water features integrate into the sweeping bands, creating a cohesive architectural entity that metaphorically blurs the horizon line between shopping and working. As the towers repel each other, the different layers that make up the central loop coalesce to form continuous spaces for shopping. HSA believes that this movement of shoppers, combined with the constant coming-and-going of commuters has the promise for a vibrant urban space for the city.
LocationShenzhen, Guangdong, China
Architect in ChargeAndreja Mitrovic
Design TeamTijana Lapcevic, Zhou Shengjie, Zhang Yuewen, Huang Yuan, Wang Wenbin, Liu Dewang
ConsultantsWang Xiaodong, Li Lian, Bai Wei, Irma Coello, Jan Matthies