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Competitions for Shenzhen arts centres launched

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Bao’an District Government has launched two open international competitions for a pair of major arts complexes in Shenzhen

The first contest seeks ‘innovative’ proposals to transform the district’s iconic ‘Bao’an 1990’ complex into a new library, cultural centre and concert hall.

The second contest will meanwhile deliver a new Bao’an Public Culture & Art Centre – featuring a combined museum and art gallery – within the growing district’s waterfront zone nearby.

According to the competition brief: ‘The “Bao’an 1990” buildings are important cultural buildings which were all completed and put into service in the 1990s.

‘This is a precious heritage loved by many people. The high-standard upgrading and reconstruction of “Bao’an 1990” not only guarantees the functional integrity of concentrated cultural facilities within the old urban district but will also improve their facilities and importance.’

Located at the junction of Xin’an 2nd Road and and Jian’an 1st Road – Bao’an 1990 currently features three landmark buildings.

Surrounding a large public plaza, the existing 8,047m² Bao’an Library, 9,903m² Bao’an Popular Culture and Art Museum and 9,430m² Xin’an Movie Theatre will all be upgraded as part of the project.

Nearby landmarks with the old town area include the Yujingtai Living Quarters, Bao’an Middle School, Bao’an Science & Technology Museum, Bao’an Archives and the Eighth People’s Hospital.

The new Bao’an Public Culture & Art Centre will meanwhile be constructed at the junction of Xinhu Road and the major Chuangye Road thoroughfare within the district’s central waterfront zone.

Nearby developments include the new home of Bao’an District Government, the Hongfa Centre commercial complex and the Delight Empire Dragon Court residential area.

Participating teams may apply for one or both of the prestigious projects which aim to boost cultural services within the major sub-district of Shenzhen.

The judging panel – which has yet to be announced – will feature 11 leading Chinese and international experts in urban planning, architecture, public art and museums.

In both contests the authors of two prize winning ‘optimal’ schemes will receive around £230,000 each. Prizes worth approximately £57,000 will also be awarded to two further ‘excellent’ schemes in each contest.

The two overall winners will be invited to negotiate for the design contracts which are expected to be worth around five per cent of the total construction budgets.

The registration deadline is 5pm local time on 15 August and submissions must be completed by 31 October.

How to apply

Visit the Bao’an 1990 complex regeneration contest website for more information

Visit the new Bao’an Public Culture & Art Centre contest website for more information

Contact details

Qingmiao He
Bao’an District Government
Shenzhen Municipal Government

Tel: +86 18617010717
Email: Baoanpcac@yeah.net
Fax: +86 755 27802314

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