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Qianhai district by Farrels

Farrells completes six interconnected skyscrapers in Shenzhen

Architecture studio Farrells has unveiled a group of six interconnected skyscrapers at the heart of the Qianhai district in Shenzhen.

Named One Excellence, the group of skyscrapers are built on reclaimed land alongside Qianhai bay to the west of downtown Shenzhen as part of the development of the Qianhai district.

One Excellence by Farrell's
One Excellence is a development of six skyscrapers

Farrells designed four office towers and two residential towers as a central hub for the development, which is intended to house one million people.

The office skyscrapers include a pair of 180-metre-tall "gateway towers" that are connected by a curved glass canopy.

"The gateway towers play an important role in shaping the emerging city, through welcoming visitors and signifying the beginning of the next chapter in Shenzhen’s unprecedented growth," said the studio.

Shenzhen skyscrapers
The gateway towers are connected by a glass canopy

The remaining four skyscrapers, which includes the 300-metre-high "landmark tower" are connected by a series of bridges described by the studio as "multi-level streetscapes".

These bridges will link the skyscrapers and a series of low-level buildings that contain shops, cafes and restaurants and a metro station entrance.

Shenzhen skyscrapers
Low-level buildings will contain shops

"Human experience formed the foundations of this advanced concept of mixed use, transit orientated design," said Farrells director Stefan Krummeck.

"We have created a rich and varied network of urban spaces that cultivate a strong sense of place, encourage interaction and an organic flow of pedestrians in the area," continued Krummeck.

"This sensitive thinking is balanced with a series of architectural highlights and memorable landmarks, which add to the district's cityscape."

Shenzhen skyscrapers by Farrell's
Bridges connect the skyscrapers

The two residential skyscrapers, which contain serviced apartments, are connected at the 27th floor by a "sculptural clubhouse".

As well as One Excellence, Farrells is designing five further towers in the Qianhai district and also collaborating on the design of ten stations of the Qianhai Metro.

Shenzhen skyscrapers
The residential towers are connected by a clubhouse

The district faces out to Qianhai bay where architect NBBJ is designing a car-free district named Net City, which is "roughly the size and shape of Midtown Manhattan".

Also in Shenzhen OMA recently completed an office skyscraper with three cut-outs for terraces lined with golden hexagons.

Photography is by Rex Zou and Eric Cheung.

Project credits:

Architect: Farrells
Local design institute & engineering consultant: Capol
Facade consultant phase 2: Grandland Fangte Facade
Traffic consultant: MVA Asia
Lighting consultant phase 1: GD-Lighting Design
Lighting consultant phase 2: GD-Lighting Design
Landscape consultant phase 2: Hilllandscape
Landscape consultant phase 1: Aecom
Main contractor: China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co
T1 contractor: Jangho
T3 contractor: China Fangda
T2, T4 contractor: Golden Curtain Wall Group
Clubhouse facade contractor: DADI Facade

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