Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

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Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Contemporary Building in China – design by Mecanoo, The Netherlands

13 Feb 2019

Longgang Cultural Centre

Architects: Mecanoo

Location: Shenzhen, southeastern China

Longgang Cultural Centre

Shenzhen has been growing rapidly since being named a ‘special economic zone’ in 1980. High-rise structures have transformed the city’s skyline as its population has grown to over 12 million.

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Located in the city’s eastern Longgang district, the Cultural Centre contributes a rich and varied cultural programme housed in an iconic urban connector.

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Urban Connector
Sitting on a long and narrow 3.8 ha site with strict height restrictions, the building connects the surrounding areas by subdividing the programme into separate volumes. The passages between these buildings, which align with the adjacent roads, provide access from the new business district on the west side of the building to the park on the east.

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

The volumes all have curved edges and tilting facades, which frame dynamic views, shelter public squares and naturally guide pedestrian flows. The fluid forms also channel air currents and provide protection against the sun and rain in Shenzhen’s subtropical climate.

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

By sharing the same formal language, height and material, the volumes form a visually cohesive whole without an apparent front or back facade.

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Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Varied cultural programme
The Longgang Cultural Centre has four main programmatic elements: an art museum, a youth centre, a science centre and a book mall. The science centre focuses on popular science for children and young adults. Next to it, the youth centre offers a place for meeting and extracurricular activities such as music and sports.

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The art museum combines public arts on the upper floors with an urban planning centre on the ground floor and in the basement. By locating the entrances to the cultural centres at the covered squares, the various cultural programmes can extend outdoors. The largest of the four volumes contains a “book mall” – a mall exclusively for books and book-related events such as book-signing sessions, book launches and exhibitions.

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Sculptural interior
The in-situ concrete structure was carefully designed to become part of the visitors’ experience; wandering through the building is like viewing a cast concrete sculpture from the inside.

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Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

The structural facade of each volume integrates beams, columns and massive concrete cores, resulting in a building where everything is revealed. The full-height tilted interior spaces at the edges of the volumes become architectural highlights where the visitor can experience the impressive scale of the construction elements.

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Longgang Cultural Centre, Shenzhen – Building Information

Architects: Mecanoo

Programme Cultural complex of 95,000 sqm with art museum (13,500 sqm), science centre (10,000 sqm), youth centre (8,000 sqm), retail (7,000 sqm) and a book mall including cafes and restaurants (35,000 sqm) and 21,500 sqm of underground parking and a new public square totalling 3.8 hectares. Building: 400m long, 50m wide, 25m high Design 2012-2016 Realisation 2015-2019 Client Longgang Government, Vanke and SPDG, Shenzhen, China Local architect CCDI, Shenzhen, China

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

Photography: Zhang Chao

Longgang Cultural Centre in Shenzhen images / information received 130219

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