The 90,000-square-metre proposal was the winning entry of an international competition for an exhibition complex in Shenzhen's Futian District.
"The Shenzhen Reform and Opening-up Exhibition Hall will be built into a world-class, China-leading, and large-scale modernized exhibition complex with Shenzhen's characteristics," explained the studios.
"It will become a 'window' displaying and publicizing the achievement of reform and opening-up, a site welcoming significant guests, an institution collecting evidence and research materials, a landmark presenting an innovative and international modernization of the city, and a carrier showcasing the public culture and urban civilization of Shenzhen."
Externally, the Shenzhen Reform and Opening-up Exhibition Hall will have a layered, transparent facade.
According to the studios, this was designed to establish a relationship between the building and its surroundings and to echo its focus on the opening-up of China to foreign businesses.
Inside, the building will contain an exhibition area, educational spaces and research facilities. These will be linked by walkways that weave through a large lobby lined with trees.
Sou Fujimoto Architects and Donghua Chen Studio's intention is that this evokes a "garden in a box" and offers visitors a "village-like, fascinating indoor space".
Once complete, the Shenzhen Reform and Opening-up Exhibition Hall will form a part of the Shenzhen Ten Cultural Facilities of New Era – a master plan involving the construction of 10 cultural buildings across the city.
Other venues include a science museum by Zaha Hadid Architects, an opera house by Jean Nouvel and a cultural centre by MAD and ECADI. SANAA has also designed a maritime museum with a cloud-like structure as part of the plan.
Sou Fujimoto Architects was established by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in 2000. Another new proposal by the studio is a seaside pavilion in Haikou, China.