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Eyes of the City: Carlo Ratti, Politecnico di Torino and SCUT on Their Curatorial Theme of Shenzhen Biennale 2019

07:00 - 10 April, 2019
Eyes of the City: Carlo Ratti, Politecnico di Torino and SCUT on Their Curatorial Theme of Shenzhen Biennale 2019, MIT and AMS - Laserscape
MIT and AMS - Laserscape

Opening ‪on December 15th, 2019 in Shenzhen, China, "Urban Interactions" is the 8th edition of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB). The exhibition consists of two sections, namely “Eyes of the City” and “Ascending City”, which will explore the evolving relationship between urban space and technological innovation from different perspectives. The “Eyes of the City" section features MIT professor and architect Carlo Ratti as Chief Curator and Politecnico di Torino-South China University of Technology as Academic Curator. The "Ascending City" section features Chinese academician Meng Jianmin and Italian art critic Fabio Cavallucci as Chief Curators.

Archdaily is working with the "Eyes of the City" curatorial team, to publish a series of articles by international architects, designers, writers and thinkers who will discuss the ways in which new technologies - and Artificial Intelligence in particular - might impact architecture and urban life. The open call for proposals for the “Eyes of the City” will run from April 1st to May 31st: www.eyesofthecity.net

Zhi Art Museum / MOZHAO ARCHITECTS

21:00 - 1 April, 2019
Zhi Art Museum  / MOZHAO ARCHITECTS, Reception and staircase. Image © Chao Zhang
Reception and staircase. Image © Chao Zhang

Viewing from the staircase to the atrium. Image © Chao Zhang Viewing from the atrium to the outside. Image © Chao Zhang The interlaced staircase. Image © Chao Zhang Viewing from the entrance of the multi-functional_hall_to_the_atrium. Image © Chao Zhang + 16

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    Quanzhi Technology Innovation Park, Bao an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Guansheng Zeng
  • Design Team

    Wenguo Luo, Ziyun Mai, Bingfu Wu, Zhiming Wang, Yinghua Zou
  • Clients

    Shenzhen Jialingyu Industrial Limited Company
  • Area

    1090.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Shenzhen 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture - “Eyes of the City” Exhibition Section - Call for Submissions

07:50 - 1 April, 2019
Shenzhen 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture - “Eyes of the City” Exhibition Section - Call for Submissions , Thanks to the most recent advances in digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence, architectural space is acquiring the full ability to “see.” What are the consequences of the “Eyes of the City” scenario? (Credits: MIT and AMS - www.roboat.org)
Thanks to the most recent advances in digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence, architectural space is acquiring the full ability to “see.” What are the consequences of the “Eyes of the City” scenario? (Credits: MIT and AMS - www.roboat.org)

We, the curators of the Carlo Ratti/South China-Torino Lab (Politecnico di Torino-South China University of Technology CUT) team, are pleased to announce the Open Call for proposals to participate in the “Eyes of the City” exhibition section in the framework of the 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB). We invite international architects, planners, designers, philosophers, thinkers, scientists, companies, educational institutions, research laboratories, think-tanks and students to submit their proposals from April 1st to May 31st, 2019. The Open Call will accept proposals for design projects, research projects and critical essays that will form the core of the “Eyes of the City” exhibition section, that will be hosted in UABB’s main venue.

Download the information related to this competition here.

GMP Wins Competition for Shenzhen Bay "Culture Tower"

11:00 - 25 March, 2019
GMP Wins Competition for Shenzhen Bay "Culture Tower", View from north. Image © gmp Architects
View from north. Image © gmp Architects

Gerkan, Marg and Partners (GMP) has won an international competition for the design of a new tower complex in Shenzhen’s “Super Bay City” business district. Consisting of three distinct blocks linked at the base, the primary tower of the Hengli International Building rises 250 meters to become an impressive landmark and a cultural destination for the new business district.

Located in Shenzhen Bay, to the west of the Chinese megacity, the urban masterplan containing the GMP scheme seeks to become a “high-density urban development with high-rise buildings of up to 600 meters.” Contributing significantly to the area’s skyline, the GMP proposal features three distinct volumes: a 250-meter-high office tower, a 36-meter-high conference center, and an 80-meter-high “culture tower.” Providing a rhythm to the tower’s verticality, “sky gardens” have been designed at various levels to be used as public amenity areas on the main tower, and the adjacent conference center and “culture tower.”

Plaza. Image © gmp Architects Lobby. Image © gmp Architects Northeastern perspective. Image © gmp Architects Southeastern perspective by night. Image © gmp Architects + 8

Mecanoo Designs Bronze Skyscraper for World's Largest Weaving Enterprise in Shenzhen

13:00 - 21 March, 2019
Mecanoo Designs Bronze Skyscraper for World's Largest Weaving Enterprise in Shenzhen, Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo
Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo

Dutch practice Mecanoo has created a new skyscraper design for the Hengli Group Headquarters in Shenzhen, China. In the city's dense urban context, the design will host the world's largest weaving enterprise in two volumes above a commercial plinth. Inspired by the Hengli Group’s textile tradition, a bronze metal grid wraps the transparent volumes like threads on a loom. As a Shenzhen Bay landmark, the project was designed to display the company’s culture and embrace new urban design strategies.

Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo Hengli Group Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo + 9

Nanxianglou Art Hotel / PleasantHouse Design

23:00 - 15 March, 2019
Nanxianglou Art Hotel / PleasantHouse Design, The inserted glass column. Image © En Xiao
The inserted glass column. Image © En Xiao

The lounge. Image © En Xiao The exhibition deck on the second floor. Image © En Xiao The corridor along the stream. Image © En Xiao The night view. Image © En Xiao + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gankeng Old Town, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Juze Yeung, Fuji Tse, Yaowen Lau, Scarlett Ye, Junxian Lee, Lei Ha
  • Areas

    The galleries on three levels-840 sqm, the hotel-4,250sqm, the landscape-1,263sqm
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Wann lounge / Various Associates

02:00 - 22 February, 2019
Wann lounge / Various Associates, The Lights in Cigar room hide behind red glasses shown as sunrise.. Image © Chao Zhang
The Lights in Cigar room hide behind red glasses shown as sunrise.. Image © Chao Zhang

The Altitude different height create interesting communication between the client in lounge area & dinning area.. Image © Chao Zhang Atmosphere. Image © Chao Zhang Bar area. Image © Chao Zhang The detail of elegant columns.. Image © Chao Zhang + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Dongzi Yang
  • Design Team

    Dongzi Yang, Qianyi Lin, Naqeeb Popal
  • Area

    480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Longgang Cultural Centre / Mecanoo

10:00 - 12 February, 2019
© Zhang Chao
© Zhang Chao

© Zhang Chao © Zhang Chao © Zhang Chao © Zhang Chao + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Mecanoo
  • Local Architects

    CCDI
  • Area

    95000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2019
  • Photographs

China Resources Headquarters / KPF

10:00 - 24 January, 2019
China Resources Headquarters / KPF, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith + 28

  • Architects

    KPF
  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
  • Area

    210000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

SMOORE Industrial Space Alteration / CM Design

20:00 - 21 January, 2019
SMOORE Industrial Space Alteration / CM Design, © Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhoushi Road,Lezhujiao Village, Baoan, ShenZhen, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Danping Chen , Jun Liao, Heng Yang, Mingming Yao ,Lei Li, Jingyi Lin, Xianshuang Liang(intern)
  • Contractor

    Guanjiang
  • Area

    11275.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant Set to Open Next Year in Shenzhen

13:00 - 21 January, 2019
World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant Set to Open Next Year in Shenzhen, Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan
Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan

The world's largest waste-to-energy plant by Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan is set to open next year on the outskirts of Shenzhen, China. The new plant is made to handle 5000 tons of waste per day within a simple, clean, and iconic structure. It will incinerate waste and generate power while teaching residents about the waste-energy cycle. The project aims to showcase new developments in China's waste-to-energy sector and share them with the world.

Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan + 20

EMTEK / ZONES DESIGN

19:00 - 12 January, 2019
EMTEK / ZONES DESIGN, © SHANR Workshop
© SHANR Workshop

© SHANR Workshop © SHANR Workshop © SHANR Workshop © SHANR Workshop + 20

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Qiwei Dai
  • Design Team

    Hui Wang, Weijun Li, Qian Lai
  • Area

    566.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Way of Seeing / Waterfrom Design

20:00 - 9 January, 2019
3F aisle. Image © Yuchen Chao
3F aisle. Image © Yuchen Chao
  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    Luohu District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Nic Lee
  • Design Team

    Elvin Ke, Marco Tseng, Zona Chen
  • Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

KPF Completes the Third-Tallest Building in Shenzhen

09:00 - 7 January, 2019
KPF Completes the Third-Tallest Building in Shenzhen , © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has announced the completion of the third-tallest building in Shenzhen. The China Resources Headquarters, a 400-meter-tall commercial office tower, stitches together retail, residential, and office functions surrounded by 2,000 square meters of public space.

The tower, inspired by the shape of winter bamboo shoots, seeks to “invigorate Shenzhen’s urban fabric while providing one of the country’s premier companies with a visual icon symbolizing its historic growth and prominent stature.”

© Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith + 5

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Soaring Shenzhen Towers

09:00 - 3 January, 2019
Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Soaring Shenzhen Towers, China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released details of their proposed China Merchants Bank HQ in Shenzhen. The soaring 350-meter tower, intended to house the bank’s 13,000-strong workforce, will be complemented by a sister tower 180 meters in height, containing a luxury hotel and mixed-use office, cultural, and retail spaces.

The taller office tower is comprised of large-span column-free floorplates supported by offset cores at either side. A glazed façade has been shaped to avoid downdrafts, thus making the surrounding open spaces on the ground floor more comfortable for the public. 

China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 5

Liuxiandong-Plot A4+B2 of Vanke Design Community / FCHA

21:00 - 1 January, 2019
Birdview. Image © Guanhong Chen
Birdview. Image © Guanhong Chen

Roof green park. Image © Guanhong Chen Large steps. Image © Guanhong Chen Shared office platform. Image © Guanhong Chen Lecture hall. Image © Guanhong Chen + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanshan District, ShenZhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Project manager

    Xianzhi Zeng, Wan Gan
  • Design Team

    Jianhui Wang, XueFa Liu, Jie Liang, JiaQi Zhao, Xusheng Guo, Xin Li
  • Partner in Charge

    Zetao Chen
  • Area

    7500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Mecanoo's Qianhai Data Center is a "Digital Lighthouse" for Shenzhen

09:00 - 26 December, 2018
Mecanoo's Qianhai Data Center is a "Digital Lighthouse" for Shenzhen, © Mecanoo
© Mecanoo

Mecanoo has unveiled their design for the Qianhai Data Center in Shenzhen, China, from which they received second prize in an international design competition. The 63,000-square-meter scheme, imagined as an urban beacon, consists of an opaque tower atop an open plinth with offices and support spaces.

The 113-meter-tall “digital lighthouse” is to be located within the 15-square-kilometer Qianhai Free Development Zone, where it will mark the arrival to the district and symbolize its innovative ambition.

© Mecanoo © Mecanoo © Mecanoo © Mecanoo + 13

The Top 10 New Skyscrapers of 2018

09:00 - 25 December, 2018
1: Lotte World Tower / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates with Baum Architects. Image © Tim Griffith
1: Lotte World Tower / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates with Baum Architects. Image © Tim Griffith

Emporis has announced the results of its annual Emporis Skyscraper Award, recognizing the best new supertall buildings completed in the previous year. This year, the top prize was given to the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Baum Architects. The tapered tower, South Korea’s tallest, also houses the world’s highest glass-bottomed observation deck, for architects who can handle the 1820-foot (555-meter) drop.