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MLA+ wins Shenzhen urban corridor contest

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MLA+ has won an international competition to re-masterplan a 53km² zone bordering a busy highway in Bao’an, Shenzhen

The international arm of MaccreanorLavington Architects defeated rival teams featuring Nikken Sekkei, KCAP, ISA and OMA to win the prestigious contract.

The winning scheme – drawn up with China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Shenzhen Municipal Design & Research Institute and FELIXX landscape architects – will transform a large area of land on both sides of the G107 highway.

The project aims to ‘future proof’ the congested thoroughfare and transform it into a new driver for regeneration in the wider Bao’an district.

Originally the main route connecting the factories of Shenzhen to nearby Hong Kong, the formerly industrial roadside landscape has been transformed by new housing and commercial developments in recent decades.

MLA+’s scheme will create new public spaces connecting the route to existing amenities with the city and a series of ‘hubs’ focussing on different urban functions.

Studio partner Markus Appenzeller said: ‘An important element of our plan is that we try to connect the bigger regional scale with the local design scale.

‘This “in-between-scale” is in our view the most important driver for quality, but still unseen as such in China. Therefore, as European experts we can make an important contribution in this area in Chinese cities.’

Bao’an District Government launched two open international competitions for a pair of major arts complexes earlier this summer.

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