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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners wins Shenzhen contest

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has been chosen to design a masterplan within the Qianhai area of Shenzhen

The practice was selected by a panel for the Qianhai Investment Holdings-backed Urban Living Room scheme in the south China city.

The 230ha proposal includes a 1.2km-long central sky garden, giving access to buildings above the road network, as well as hosting year-round activities.

A public space featuring an opera house and a conventions centre is designed to link the city to Qianhai Bay. The masterplan also includes a 400-room five-star hotel.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners said people would be able to flow through the area at various speeds, from the hustle and bustle of the underground, to the medium pace of the street and the leisurely style of the sky garden.

Senior partner Richard Rogers said: ‘Qianhai is an exciting and dynamic emerging urban centre. Having the opportunity to create this bold and confident intervention will focus the city’s attempt to create a rich and diverse, culturally-led public realm. This in itself will become the key element in how the city will naturally grow and develop over the coming years.’

The Urban Living Room selection panel said in a statement: ‘The scheme is one of strong integrity. Simple yet magnificent in its strong symbolism, it is perfectly suited to the vision of the Qianhai area, while furthermore enforcing its central axis.’

A number of major competitions have been announced in Shenzhen recently, including a contest to remasterplan the city’s main railway station and neighbouring Luohu Port. 

In May, Foster + Partners unveiled designs for an interconnected pair of towers in the city, set to become the headquarters of leading robotics company DJI.

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