BRI: Greater Bay Area: UK team led by Grimshaw wins Shenzhen Transport Hub design competition

The project aims to create sustainable and passenger - centric hub that supports the continued development of the Greater Bay Area

Rendering of Shenzhen Transport Hub

Rendering of Shenzhen Transport Hub

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A design consortium led by Grimshaw, alongside Mott MacDonald, China Aviation Planning and Design Institute (AVIC CAPDI) and Beijing Urban Construction Design and Development Group (BJUCD) has been selected as the winner of an international competition for Shenzhen Airport East Integrated Transport Hub, Grimshaw said in a press statement on Wednesday.

The multi-disciplinary design team also includes schlaich bergermann partner (sbp), Atelier Ten and Gross Max, the statement said.  

The project is sponsored by China National Railway Corporation and Shenzhen Municipal People's Government and will be tendered by Shenzhen Metro Corporation

The Grimshaw team was announced as winner following an assessment by a bid evaluation committee of 13 experts in urban planning and design, architectural design, aviation, railway, urban rail, and integrated transportation, the press statement said.

The brief, according to the statement, called for an aspirational vision to create an integrated intermodal transport hub to act as a new urban gateway and landmark for the Greater Bay Area. The winning proposal is expected to improve the journeys of thousands of daily commuters– providing effortless transfers between high speed rail and other public transport modes. 

The hub will also provide connections and terminal facilities for passengers travelling to and from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, making it one of the most integrated transport interchanges in the world, the statement said.  

The master plan, it noted, has been designed to promote active travel through provision of intuitive routes, active frontages and enriching landscape features. 

The project will aim to achieve LEED Platinum and Chinese 3 Star rating through a highly economic architectural solution that uses materials efficiently and maximises repetition of components, the statement said. 

The design takes its inspiration from the Mangrove, a tree that has special significance for the city of Shenzhen and is one of the planet’s most effective carbon absorbers. 

Jolyon Brewis, Grimshaw Partner said: “We are often inspired by the transfer of geometries and forms from nature into architecture. We have applied this approach to the master plan and interchange design at Shenzhen Bao’an Airport which is directly inspired by the mangrove tree. Not only does this have symbolic value as an important tree to Shenzhen, but it has led us to a solution for the building that is highly efficient. It will also be a wonderful place for people to occupy and travel through. We hope it will lift the spirits of millions of Shenzhen citizens, as well as those who visit this incredible city.”

Anne Kerr, Mott MacDonald China managing director said: “We are delighted our team has been selected to contribute to the next generation of travel within this exciting area – which is an important hub and connection in terms of people and goods. We are passionate about the development of integrated transport solutions that deliver better social outcomes through greater connectivity. By combining our global and local expertise in aviation, surface transport and the built environment, this project is a unique opportunity to create a world class, sustainable and passenger – centric hub that supports the continued development of the Greater Bay Area – and one that we are honoured to be part of.” 

Dave Richards, Atelier Ten Director said: “This competition winning proposal builds on work that we have been doing with the team at Grimshaw for many years on biophilia, form and skin to ‘manage’ comfort and expectations through the manipulation of light, sun and air in the in-between spaces that transport interchanges generate. The evocation of biophilic influence through the underlying mangrove forms serves to reinforce the connection to nature in this very busy city.”

(Writing by SA Kader; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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