Typhoon-proof Shenzhen East Coast: KCAP + FELIXX

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Typhoon-proof Shenzhen East Coast

Protective Coastline Development Southern China – design by KCAP + FELIXX

11 Sep 2019

KCAP + FELIXX’s Typhoon-proof Shenzhen East Coast

Architects: KCAP + FELIXX

Location: Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, Southern China

Typhoon-proof Shenzhen East Coast by KCAP + FELIXX

KCAP + FELIXX win the competition to ‘Typhoon-proof’ Shenzhen’s East Coast

KCAP + FELIXX have won the international competition for the redevelopment of Shenzhen’s Eastern coastline in China. The 130km shoreline stretches along Dapeng, a natural green peninsula located in the bay between Hongkong and Shenzhen.

Typhoon-proof Shenzhen East Coast by KCAP + FELIXX

In September 2018, the typhoon Mangkhut damaged the infrastructure of the peninsula to various degrees. An international competition was launched to develop a plan to restore the coastline and raise protection standards against the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events. KCAP+FELIXX developed the ‘Triple dike strategy’, a multifaceted three-layer dike system.

Typhoon-proof Shenzhen East Coast by KCAP + FELIXX

This integrated approach towards the climate adaptive reorganization of the shore, connecting water safety strategies with eco and nature restoration, creating a framework for social and economic development. For 6 sites, stretching in total an area of 32 kilometers, KCAP+FELIXX is developing the concept into real designs, the project will be implemented and executed by 2021.

Typhoon-proof Shenzhen East Coast by KCAP + FELIXX

Triple dike

The proposal builds on the application of a multifaceted three-layer dike system.The 1st ‘outer’ dike zone increases the resiliency through wave attenuation, erosion reduction and the enhance¬ment of sedimentation. The 2nd ‘middle’ dike is an elevated embankment, to stop the storm surge and the water pushed up by the waves.

Typhoon-proof Shenzhen East Coast by KCAP + FELIXX

It’s not a big wall but a multifunctional zone: an exciting hilly park, an elevated waterfront with urban promenades, a tidal park or even a public building. The 3rd ‘inner’ dike is a hybrid structure which man¬ages the rainwater following the principle of a sponge city. All runoff from adjacent villages and mountains is buffered, delayed and temporarily stored in rain-parks, raingardens, wet forests, wetlands and green streets.

Typhoon-proof Shenzhen East Coast by KCAP + FELIXX

The triple dike moves away from a generic protection wall along the coast, towards the creation of three development zones, carefully embedded in current conditions and responding to the specific future needs of every single area.

Protective Coastline Development Southern China - design by KCAP + FELIXX

A productive resilience strategy

Dapeng is a mountainous peninsula with lush forests, intersected by riverbeds and creeks, connected to the sea with fantastic sand beaches and impressive rockeries. This area offers an extraordinary lush and green environment in the direct proximity of Hongkong and Shenzhen. Along the shore, several small villages originate from fishing communities. Dapeng’s cultural resources and natural settings have fostered the development of tourism, within a vast expending metropolitan area.

Protective Coastline Development Southern China - design by KCAP + FELIXX

The application of the triple- dike is embedded within a strategic development framework to preserve and enhance these existing qualities. The specific small-scale identity of the villages is protected by locating new developments within existing villages. The ecological functioning of the green peninsula is boosted by creating an interconnected mountain and marine landscape. Connectivity from the water is enhanced to minimize the infrastructural impact on the island.

Protective Coastline Development Southern China - design by KCAP + FELIXX

Protective Coastline Development Southern China - design by KCAP + FELIXX

Offices:

Felixx
Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners is a Rotterdam-based office for proactive landscape architecture, founded in 2014. Felixx specializes in addressing urgent global challenges with local embedded design solutions. Our work has a broad international scope and our projects range from spatial research, landscape transformation strategies and developing masterplans, to public space and product design. The team consists of 25 international planning professionals, supported by close partnerships with universities and approved knowledge institutions.

Protective Coastline Development Southern China - design by KCAP + FELIXX

Protective Coastline Development Southern China - design by KCAP + FELIXX

KCAP
KCAP Architects&Planners is a leading international design firm specialised in architecture, urbanism and landscape design. KCAP was founded in 1989 by Kees Christiaanse and is led today by eight partners: Xavier Blaringhem, Kees Christiaanse, Jeroen Dirckx, Ruurd Gietema, Anouk Kuitenbrouwer, Irma van Oort, Ute Schneider and Edward Schuurmans. KCAP holds offices in Rotterdam, Zurich and Shanghai and works with a staff of more than 100 talented international professionals on a wide range of projects throughout Europe and Asia.

Protective Coastline Development Southern China - design by KCAP + FELIXX

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