Progress on high-profile design contests in Shenzhen

3 June 2020
Credit: Site for the natural history museum in Shenzhen
  • Site for the natural history museum in Shenzhen





International firms compete for large scale arts & leisure schemes

TenderStream publishes large scale Chinese architectural tenders on a regular basis, with current opportunities available to subscribers ranging from an urban park and commercial complex to a new public hospital. Recently, shortlists have been announced for two high-profile tenders in the arts and leisure sector, featuring bids from internationally renowned firms.

Both schemes are situated in Shenzhen, which is recognised as a “City of Design” by UNESCO. A competition was launched in April this year to find firms capable of delivering a design for the new Shenzhen Natural History Museum, which is expected to have a gross floor area of 100,000 sq m and an estimated 2.1bn RMB construction cost. Now, nine consortia have joined six invitees in the next stage of the contest, with individual firms including Dominique Perrault, Grimshaw, Bjarke Ingels Group, Zaha Hadid, Nieto Sobejano, 3XN and Ennead.

Another tender launched earlier this year called for teams to create a world-class coastal tourism resort across several plots of land, taking advantage of the natural resources of Shenzhen’s Xiaomeisha area. The idea is to “create a delicate Xiaomeisha Town that embraces the sea”, where beaches, lakes and mountains adjoin the urban downtown district. The teams invited to submit a concept design for Plots 02-09 and Plot 02-10 are:

CallisonRTKL Design and Planning Consulting (Shanghai) + Shenzhen Zhudao Architectural Engineering Design
Woods Bagot Architectural Design Consulting (Beijing) + Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (Shenzhen)
Shenzhen Aube Architectural Engineering Design
LAB Architecture Studio + XO Projects
Aedas Asia & Shenzhen XinzhongJian Architectural Design Consultants MLA+B.V.

The selection for Plot 03-01-01 and Plot 03-01-02 includes the first three teams from the above list, together with:
10 Design Group
Hong Kong Huayi Design Consultants + WOHA Designs
Chapman Taylor

Shenzhen Municipality has pushed forward construction projects during the COVID-19 epidemic, while ensuring preventative measures remained in place to limit the spread of the virus. Looking to the future, the local Foreign Affairs Office stated that the Public Works Bureau: “will prioritize the launch of 48 construction projects including Shenzhen opera house, natural history museum, maritime museum, conservatory of music, the second phase of the Shenzhen Hospital of Chinese University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen and Shenshan High School, in addition to 90 projects that are in the early stages of construction."

Lucy Nordberg
TenderStream Head of Research

These tenders were first published by TenderStream on 01.04.2020 and 23.03.20 here and here
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