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MVRDV designs 11 Shenzhen towers for Chinese tech company Tencent

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Dutch architect MVRDV has unveiled its design for Tencent P5, a residential development in Shenzhen’s Qianhai bay containing 11 apartment towers and a kindergarten arranged around four courtyards.

The development is based in a campus for the Chinese technology company, designed by US architect NBBJ. Winy Maas, MVRDV’s founding partner, said: “By contributing to Tencent’s smart city, we want to show that smart cities are also healthy cities, green cities, and social cities.

“The attention in smart cities always goes to the technology, and our design of the Tencent residential complex certainly includes that. But in our conception, the technology-related aspects are inseparable from the social spaces, the green courtyards, the terraces. The technological goes hand-in-hand with the human.”

The buildings ranging from 57m to 100m in height, and are positioned in four clusters in a way that maximises views.

All the flats are identical in size and layout and each provides a balcony or bay window. Each of the block’s ground floors hosts shared amenities, and two pedestrian streets run through the development, linking the green areas to sports and leisure facilities.

The project’s basement level is linked to a campus-wide network of automated vehicles that can be used for personal transit and deliveries.

The development is hoping to achieve a top three-star rating on China’s sustainability system.

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