Shenzhen Bay Avenue East Extension © Morphis + WilkinsonEyre
Landscape architect Morphis and architect WilkinsonEyre, have won a competition for a design project in Shenzhen, southeastern China.
The masterplan is for a 6.3ha development in the Greater Bay area of the city.
The Shenzhen Bay Avenue East Extension will create a 1km pedestrian link between the city’s commercial district and the bay.
Commissioned by the Shenzhen Government, the result will be a new area of public realm.
The winning design features interconnected elevated walkways, linked by escalators and stairs.
The route goes from the central business district on to a landscaped park via a new cultural quarter.
Key urban spaces include a transport hub with a bus station and links to two subway stations, a sunken plaza and the Platform Park, a calm space.
Basement level retail spaces run along the Avenue where multi-layered landscape brings light and shade into the area.
Mark Blackwell, director of Morphis says: “The creation of new public realm is crucial to transform and unite Shenzhen with its waterfront.
“It will be spectacular and dynamic, delivering a thriving and sustainable cityscape.”
Matthew Potter, director of WilkinsonEyre Hong Kong says: “This proposal blends architecture, urban design and landscape design. Our concept will deliver a strong linear public space with the flexibility to allow the city to breathe, develop, grow and adapt.”
CR Land, one of China’s leading developers, organised the competition.
The other shortlisted practices were Sasaki Associates, Turenscape, MLA+ and UPDIS, BNP and ShenDu, and Aecom.