Set on Shenzhen’s Quinhai Bay, the master plan for Bao’an Central District Park is a 43-hectare urban community activating a 1.2 kilometer stretch of waterfront by integrating nature, culture, and commerce into a single cohesive environment. Conveniently accessed by public transportation, Bao’an will be an important public destination and catalyst for further economic development in the district.
Arranged along an east/west axis, the program features four primary zones; a cultural heritage center, book market, urban business center and retail village. The site was conceived as an ecological blanket, with priority given to green spaces, engagement with water and pedestrian-oriented connections.
The cultural heritage center includes entertainment venues, leisure facilities and a performing arts center all emanating from an expansive open-air plaza. Water serves as a key element of the scheme, separating aquatic activities while allowing the public to explore the waterfront by boat. A four-story experiential retail village is linked by gently sloping ramps, escalators and bridges layered beneath an expansive green roof ribbon. An urban business center composed of terraced office buildings and hotel, serve as backdrop to the harbor, with green roofs to collect rainwater and limit solar heat gain. The book market sits adjacent to the district’s new library and youth center in a subterranean multi-level space housing an international literary exposition and food hall.
At Bao’an, the streamlined, curvilinear nature of the project and public gathering space are unifying themes, melding the needs of a commercially viable program and burgeoning cultural district at an extraordinary scale.
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