Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office

Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office

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  • Principal : Zhe He, James Shen, Feng Zang
  • Project Team : He Wang, Pengfei Gao, Zhenghua Li, Jiaqi Xu
  • The Client : 2020 Qianhai Future Urbanism/Architecture Exhibition
  • Co Designer And Coordinator : Dongxiying Studio CCDI
  • City : Shenzhen
  • Country : China
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Text description provided by the architects. The Qianhai Floating City activates a barren site with the use of an open spatial framework. Conceived and realized during the Covid-19 pandemic, a time of heightened uncertainty, the project is an expression of how urban space can quickly adapt to changing needs.

Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office - Exterior Photography, Facade
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Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
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The project is a flexible framework comprised of rented scaffolding. This structural system can be easily constructed, altered, and disassembled without waste. 

Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office - Exterior Photography
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Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office - Interior Photography
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Qianhai Floating City served as the "Instant City" section of the 2020 Qianhai Future Urbanism/Architecture Exhibition. This show explored new models for city planning based on public participation and bottom-up practices. Such approaches are in contrast to the top-down urban planning that is the convention in Shenzhen, where Qianhai is located.

Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office - Interior Photography
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Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office - Interior Photography
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The design of the Qianhai Floating City was a collective effort and the result of discussions between exhibition participants. The structure hosted a range of shifting programs, including movie screenings, lectures, workshops, and other public events.

Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office - Exterior Photography
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Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office - Exterior Photography
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Visitors could traverse the Floating City’s colorful pathways to explore various embedded artwork. And guests were offered to encompass views of the city as they inhabited the three-dimensional grid.

Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office - Exterior Photography
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Address:Shenzhen, China

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Cite: "Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office" 10 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/963049/qianhai-floating-city-peoples-architecture-office> ISSN 0719-8884
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