Zaha Hadid Architects wins race to design office for smartphone company in Shenzhen

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has won a competition to design a headquarters for smartphone maker OPPO in Shenzhen, southern China, beating a shortlist that included Bjarke Ingels Group, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Henning Larsen Architects.

ZHA’s concept consists of four interconnected towers reaching up to 200m in height with the tallest containing 42 floors.

Two of the project’s towers will house flexible, open-plan spaces linked by a 20-storey vertical lobby. ZHA said that the other two will be service buildings that provide "vertical circulation".

The towers, which will have a floor area of 185,000 sq m, will taper inwards towards at its lower levels, creating public spaces on the ground floor that will hold a landscaped plaza, art gallery, shops, restaurants and links to Shenzhen’s subway network.

A 10th floor Sky Plaza will contain dining, leisure and entertainment spaces, and a rooftop "Sky Lab" will offer the public views over Shenzhen.

Construction on the project is due to begin later this year and be completed in 2025.

OPPO is China’s leading smartphone manufacturer, and the fifth largest worldwide.

Images courtesy of ZHA

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