Building Fact

  • Site Area : 14,300sm
  • Gross Floor Area : 84,142sm
  • Building Height : 77m (B1~L11)
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Status : Concept Design Published

Design Concept

In the heart of Shenzhen, a city that effortlessly blends modernity with its rich cultural heritage, our design for the new Public Cultural and Art Center pays homage to Chinese traditional pottery art through a contemporary lens. Shenzhen, a city at the forefront of development, required a cultural and art center that could match its rapid pace while preserving its cultural roots.

Our design is a compelling fusion of modernism and cultural inheritance, where Chinese pottery’s timeless artistry takes center stage. We’ve reimagined the process of pottery shaping, translating it into a symbolic mass formation that unites three distinct cultural buildings. Structurally and aesthetically intertwined, these buildings create not just a cultural landmark for Shenzhen, but also a visionary work of art that will gain global recognition and elevate the city’s cultural influence.

Comprising six essential elements, the design unfolds gracefully from top to bottom: the roof garden, art gallery, museum, gallery, public open space, and underground parking. The circulation within the art center is artfully simple, with a central ramp traversing the entire gallery and museum, complemented by vertical lifts. Visitors can embark on a leisurely journey, strolling along the ramp to explore the gallery, and continue their upward ascent, culminating in the serene roof garden. Alternatively, they can opt for convenience, utilizing the lifts to access the floor of their choice. Three sets of vertical circulation systems further enhance the visitor experience, providing both stairs and lifts for easy access.

At the ground floor, three large columns elevate the building, enhancing the openness and spatial quality of the public area while maintaining a harmonious connection with the surrounding nature. A three-story gallery with a central opening invites passersby to peek inside from the ground-floor lobby, inviting more visitors. The façade design, inspired by the pottery process, is mirrored in the landscape’s vivid streamlines, infusing the space with energy.

Notably, the Coastal Primary School’s sports field lies adjacent to the art center. We’ve thoughtfully sunken it three meters below the ground, creating a semi-private environment with easy street-level access. The arrangement of steps provides seating for both students and the public, enriching the space with vitality and ensuring safe, active usage of the fields.

Our design encapsulates the essence of Shenzhen – a city that seamlessly marries modernity with its deep-rooted culture, creating a masterpiece that transcends time and place.

Design Process