Three Cultural Centers and One Book Mall in Shenzhen

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Three Cultural Centers and One Book Mall

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27 Aug 2014

Three Cultural Centers and One Book Mall in Shenzhen

Design: Mecanoo

Three Cultural Centers and One Book Mall in Shenzhen

Mecanoo designed the winning competition entry for a new 95,000 sqm cultural complex with a public art museum, science museum, youth centre and a bookshop, public square and parking in the Shenzhen district.

Three Cultural Centers One Book Mall
image © Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization

The new cultural and commercial complex will provide the district with its own landmark and destination and transform the existing Longcheng park into a lively destination point. It will form a dynamic link between the commercial business district, a formal park and gardens and one of the district’s main thoroughfares. The new museum complex will unify the evolving urban fabric and generate a vibrant downtown.

Urban Connector
Connecting the cultural complex with the surrounding areas and new residential development was the key consideration for the design. The linearity of the existing urban masterplan created a barrier between the western development area and Longcheng park, further cutting up the area and contributing to its lack of urban vitality. Longcheng park will become a lively square which will further strengthen the quarter’s identity and provide residents and visitors with a much needed sense of place.

Three Cultural Centers One Book Mall
image © Doug and Wolf

Arches
Four building volumes emerge from the ground to create a series of arches and sheltered public event spaces which frame the central square. Rounded shapes respect the natural flow of pedestrians through the site. These open arches serve as filters, attractors and reference points and allow the building programmes to expand outside while formally symbolising openness and connection. Different programmes strategically located on the ground floor open outwards into the exterior public space including the city in the exhibition. From within the building interior, two bridges will link to the commercial plinths of the new residential area. Cultural and commercial programmes are linked to contribute to an urban symbiosis.

Three Cultural Centers and One Book Mall – Building Information

Architects: Mecanoo
Cultural complex: 95,000sqm
Public art museum: 13,500sqm
Science museum: 10,000sqm
Youth centre: 8,000sqm
Retail: 7,000sqm
Bookshop: 25,000sqm
Underground parking and a new public square: 31,500 sqm
Total area: 3.8 hectares

Invited design competition, 1st place

Design: 2011-2014
Realisation: 2014-2017
Client: Longgang Government, Shenzhen, China (+Vanke and Book City)

Images: Doug & Wolf and Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization

Three Cultural Centers One Book Mall
image © Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization

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