OMA and CCDI design wins Shenzhen conference centre

Dutch architect OMA and China Construction Design International (CCDI) have won a competition to design an international financial centre in Shenzhen.

The strikingly angular, polyhedral design contains conference facilities, a 400-room hotel and public spaces at the waterfront of Qianhai, which is in the New District of the Pearl River Delta.

The three blocks will be built around an "urban atrium", which will serve as a foyer for the conference centre and the hotel, and will provide a venue for cultural events.

The International Conference and Exchange Centre (IFEC) is also intended to provide a connecting hub for Qianhai, a landmark for ships sailing along the sea "road" of China’s Belt and Road routes.

OMA, who, with CCDI, beat six other architects for the scheme, has previously designed the 250m-high Shenzhen Stock Exchange, which became known as "the miniskirt" for its three-storey podium that hovers 36m off the ground, and the 180m-high Essence Financial Building.

Image: OMA’s design is intended to be a Belt and Road landmark (OMA)

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