The Evergrande Group has launched a contest to design a £344 million corporate headquarters in Shenzhen, Southern China
Open to teams with relevant experience, the three-stage competition seeks proposals for a 540m-tall mixed-use tower featuring offices, cultural facilities and retail overlooking Shenzhen Bay.
The 289,200㎡ project will create a local headquarters for China’s second-largest property developer, which started out in the nearby Guangdong Province city of Guangzhou. The super-tall tower is expected to feature around 248,420㎡ of office space, 17,000㎡ of retail space and 14,000㎡ worth of cultural facilities.
According to the brief: ‘The project shall be constructed into an international top-ranking enterprise headquarters business and office centre for world top 500 enterprises, and a complex with compound functions like international Class I 5A office building, commerce, culture and supporting service facilities.
‘The tower shall have a building height of less than or equal to 540m, meeting the requirements of height limit for aviation, being arranged close to the west side of the land plot, be taken as regional landmark super-high-rise building, and the building form shall have the nature of landmark; the podium building shall not exceed 60m on the whole, and is suggested to set up four floors within 24m high; the overall building space shall mainly create the intent of a three-dimensional city.’
Shenzhen is a major Pearl River Delta city, and lies just north of Hong Kong. It grew rapidly following its designation as China’s first special economic zone in 1979 and is today home to around 11.9 million.
The Evergrande Group was founded in 1996 and its owner Hui Ka Yan thought to be one of China’s richest people. The outfit owns more than 45.8 million m² of development land and is working on projects in 170 Chinese cities.
The new tower is planned for a waterfront 10,376㎡ plot within the city’s Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base development district which is served by major roads and an underground rail line, and neighbours a large golf course and parkland.
Ten longlisted teams will be invited to draw up concepts following an initial prequalification round. Two finalists will then be asked to further develop their designs ahead of the selection of an overall winner in late May.
The overall winner will be invited to sign a design contract for the £1.7 million commission while the runner-up will receive £172,000. Longlisted teams will also receive £115,000 each for participating.
The deadline for applications is 3pm Beijing time on 1 March.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information