Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has won a competition to design a new masterplan for the Qianhai area of Shenzhen, China.
Formed in an area of reclaimed land, the design proposes a 1.2-km-long "sky garden" elevated above roads.
Linked to public transport hubs, the garden would let the public stroll through the city above traffic.
It will terminate at a waterfront "Performance Park" containing an opera house and convention centre.
"Qianhai is an exciting and dynamic emerging urban centre," said senior partner, Richard Rogers. "Having the opportunity to create this bold and confident intervention will focus the city’s attempt to create a rich and diverse, culturally led public realm."
Image: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ render of the "sky garden"
A CIOB Brit in Shenzhen !! … I have been resident in Shenzhen for the last 8 years, so many designs are submitted by Chinese Architects with “Sky or Cloud Platform Gardens” etc all over China.
Often these gardens end up being built with just a token of a few trees here and there and are never looked after in the long term.
Shenzhen does an excellent job with its green spaces. Only today (October 1st, National Holiday) I can see small armies of labourers erecting new trees along the city express roads and park areas, replacing those damaged or uprooted from the recent mega typhoon. Over 10,000 trees fell to the 170 km/hr winds, let alone high level branches pulled down to the streets.
This RSH design really shows how excellent design with open mined city governance can help build and transform cities. Well done to the design team.
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