Vanke Design Community is cluster of workspaces topped by parks

A campus-like park of concrete offices topped with green roofs forms the new Vanke Design Community in Shenzhen, featuring two sunken plots completed by architecture practice FCHA. Located in a green corridor of the Dashahe Innovation Zone, the masterplan for the new design community was developed by Urbanus, who collaborated with several firms on structures […]

OMA to create waterfront conference centre in Shenzhen

Architecture practices OMA and CCDI have won the competition to design the International Conference and Exchange Centre on the waterfront in Shenzhen. Dutch practice OMA and Chinese firm CCDI beat six other entries in the international design competition. The studios’ design divides the conference facilities and 400-room hotel into into three distinct volumes, which will […]

Six interlocking concrete blocks form Living Art Pavilion in Shenzhen

Mozhao Architects has added a furniture shop and tea house to a technology park in Shenzhen, in a series of six concrete blocks. Living Art Pavilion was commissioned as part of an effort to increase the cultural offering and public outdoor spaces in the Quanzhi Technology innovation park in Shajing. The pavilion sits between a […]

Steven Holl reveals pair of towers connected by plant-filled bridges in Shenzhen

Steven Holl Architects has designed two glass towers linked by garden bridges, which will become the headquarters for biotech company iCarbonX in Shenzhen, China. Described by Steven Holl Architects as “living and working towers”, the development will combine a cylindrical 150-metre-high residential block with a sweeping 200-metre-high office skyscraper, intended to resemble the form of […]

“China is one of the best places for experimenting” with urban technology says Carlo Ratti

All eyes should be on China in the race to develop smart cities, says architect Carlo Ratti, who is co-curating this year’s Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen. China offers unique perspectives on how technology can be used to improve public space, according to Ratti, and international architects and urban planners can learn a lot. “Probably […]

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