Longgang City Centre by Mecanoo architecten



Dutch architects Mecanoo have unveiled their masterplan for a new business centre in the Longgang district of Shenzhen, China.


The development will include 8,000 residences and 400,000 square metres of commercial space including a hotel, shopping mall, offices and small businesses, linked by boulevards, promenades and squares.


Here's some text from Mecanoo Architecten:


Masterplan Longgang City Centre, Shenzhen, China

Economic centre

Shenzhen is one of the fastest growing cities in China. In the last 20 years, it has grown from a fishing village to the richest city in the country with a population of 14 million. Together with Hong Kong this area is slowly but surely transforming into a world metropolis in terms of economy and population and will soon be among the top-5 in the world. Due to the shortage of construction sites in Shenzhen, Longgang has become the fastest growing district adjacent to the city. Mecanoo has been requested to design a master plan for the new Business Centre for Longgang.

The masterplan will form the basis for a vibrant business centre with 24 hour a day commercial activities. The comprehensive program includes nearly 8,000 homes and 400,000 m2 of commercial functions ranging from a mega-shopping mall to a hotel, offices and small one person owned business. The city centre forms a network of promenades and squares, broad boulevards and intimate shopping streets, an area where it is pleasant to stay, shop, work, yet also to live.

Boulevards, promenades and squares

The new business centre lies in the heart of Longgang, between two parallel boulevards with one elevation adjacent to a city park. Long Xiang Boulevard is the original axis and forms the representative face of the city. Shen Hui Boulevard, where the light rail connection to Shenzhen will be, is relatively new and will be the most important economic artery of the area. Parallel to the two urban boulevards are two pedestrian promenades which run to the city park. The one promenade has a lively and expressive design, while the other is more intimate with water, shops, restaurants and terraces.

The two promenades are interconnected by two squares, each with its own character and programme, such as a market with a neighbourhood park on the roof and an artists' town in a historic Hutong-ensemble. Three entrance squares link the promenades with the boulevards, resulting in a compact and meaningful network. The promenades and squares are decorated with water, palms and shading canopies along with sculptural shading elements, providing a pleasant stay in the tropical Shenzhen climate while creating a unique identity for the new business centre.

The entrances to the business centre will be marked by a number of commercial landmark ensembles. The most standout is a 100,000 m2 horizontal building on four legs containing a shopping mall, a skating rink, a cinema, offices, hotel, hotel apartments and loft apartments. The apartment buildings have collective courtyard gardens and shared facilities including two schools and daycare.

Programme: Masterplan for a new business centre totalling 961,700 m2 gross with 8,000 residences, 400,000 m2 of commercial functions (ranging from a 100.000 m2 shopping mall to one person business of <10 m2, offices, hotel and apartments) and facilities (schools, daycare)
Design: 2008
Client: China Vanke Company, Shenzhen, China
Architect: Mecanoo architecten, Delft

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Posted on Wednesday May 13th 2009 at 12:16 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • martin

    reminds me of OMA’s Julianaplein very much no?

  • am i the only one that sees OMA on that volume with 4 legs?

  • vortekxt

    uh, looks like that OMA project for the Hague from a few years ago…

  • willem

    no ladies, not oma’s recipe, but grandfather bakema (aula tu delft) and uncle drexhage (electro tu delft) are clearly examples in the main image. but why not, if you’ve studied in delft you are allowed to use them!

  • andy

    Getting tired of this usual overblown context-less [] – maybe Charles is right after all!!

  • pim

    @Willem: i don’t think the ‘ladies’ refer to the low-rise building which indeed resembles Bakemas Aula (which by the way must partly have inspired Rem in his Kunsthal building) but it is mailnly the high-rise in the back they refer to, that looks like OMAs KJPlein proposal (http://www.oma.eu/index.php?option=com_projects&view=portal&id=426&Itemid=10).
    Anyway, nice to see dutch architectural history is so intertwined, both in Holland and abroad.

  • gab xiao

    Francine & Co have been playing with this for a while.I saw Mecanoo pushing this scheme somewhere else. It resembles OMA’s project indeed, but it has its own originality. There’s also some Arquitectonica (alas!) blood running through its veins as well. We’re heading to a pit-bull-like breed of architecture…

    Overall I love it, and Shenzhen deserves a rather deluxe knock-off than what has gathered so far (Richard Meier’s Millenium Cathedral in Rome and Foster’s Century Tower in Tokyo can be found there)

  • Jean Claude

    One more ressemblance: Moshe Safdie. MARINA BAY SANDS SINGAPORE

    • Rizky

      Almost, but not really …

  • dsmith

    I hope the masterplan is successful; that the collection of architectural ‘influences’ is simply to articulate and act as placeholders for the spatial characteristics of the masterplan until the individual buildings can be developed in their own right.

    It would be good to see the plan itself and how different uses interact.

  • Sempre

    This competition was a masterplan!! The buildings placed in the scheme are only ilustrative of the future possible building typologies and spacial characteristics. They are not going to be the future buildings of the masterplan! Please don’t take things so literally and be more imaginative, instead of making inconstructive criticism.

  • Patrick

    The way they cited Bakema has it originality, but the OMA part has just been copied

  • Don

    Yes Patrick you are totally right with your statement!