Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners nabbed the top spot to design a new masterplan within the Qianhai area of Shenzhen, China, aiming to transform the region into an “urban living room.” The London-based practice propose to create an enormous 1.2km raised sky garden. Specifically, the suspended platform will float over major roadways, allowing for easy access above ground between adjacent plots and transport hubs.The garden changes the spatial relationships within Shenzhen, offering residents a new horizon and bustling urban centre. Importantly, the garden’s increased accessibility shifts the way people travel. Due to its construction, pedestrians can flow through the city at various speeds. The fast-paced underground contrasts with the slow, mediative pace of the sky garden.
Significantly, the garden also provides an increase in cultural activities, enriching city life. In particular, all-year-round events are held throughout the space, concluding with major public hub by the waterfront dubbed Performance Park. This end of the sky garden will contain an Opera House and Conventions Centre. Ferries conveniently connect the city back to Qianhai Bay. To the east, renders reveal a distinctive landmark: a rounded glass tower with gardens planted throughout its peak. Additionally, the distinctive design and generous green spaces nicely compliment the Qianhai area’s identity. Its elegance and scale symbolises a sense of progress, balance and cultural connectivity.
“Qianhai is an exciting and dynamic emerging urban centre. 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,” states Senior Partner Richard Rogers, “This in itself will become the key element in how the city will naturally grow and develop over the coming years.”
“The creation of a people-friendly series of dynamic routes weaving their way through urban city blocks will offer a memorable, unique and relevant experience, clearly marking the ambitions of this thriving city,” adds Associate Partner and lead architect Stephen Spence.