Over the past 30 years, Shenzhen has been the site of dramatic urbanisation. From a small fishing village in the late seventies, it has grown into a world city. The Nanshan Technology Finance City is at the centre of the Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park (SHIP), Shenzhen Bay Park, one of the six key national science parks in China. The design creates an integrated mixed-use community – unified by a series of ‘ribbons’ that define the routes, landscape and buildings – bringing together offices, a hotel and a dynamic public realm, animated by shops, restaurants and a range of new civic spaces.
Located along the eastern entrance to SHIP on Shen Nan Avenue, the masterplan is laid out as blocks dissected by ‘ribbons’ of streets and squares, which establish key pedestrian and public transport routes. The dense urban fabric is knitted closely with the surrounding city, following the topography of the site, with landscaped public spaces and green terraces that characterise and bind the masterplan together.
The practice has also designed seven office towers within the masterplan that are a striking new addition to the city’s skyline. Moving away from the monolithic building type, the stepped structures soften the edges and their elegant proportions create a graceful marker for the surrounding area. Their profiles also create a variety of terrace spaces with uninterrupted panoramic views of Shenzhen, while animating the city skyline.
To accommodate greater flexibility, the structure was placed externally to allow column free floorplates. These columns were then used to self-shade the towers, creating larger windows and optimising views out to create a more pleasant working environment. The external structure is clad in shimmering white and silver profiled panels, outlining the towers and articulating the masterplan’s unique ‘ribbons’ expression.