A park in a building – a building in a park
Antuo Hill Cultural Park
Location: Shenzhen, China
Client: Futian District Transformation Office
Program: 55 ha Masterplan, total construction area 230.000 m2, 50.000 m2 ‘Boutique Museums’ in one open structure, 60.000 m2underground facilities, 40.000 m2 mountain top Hotel & Spa, 80.000 m2 mixed use development
Antuo Hill once was the biggest quarry in Shenzhen, providing construction materials for many projects in the city. With the termination of its exploitation it will be transformed into a cultural park.
Departing from the design brief, MLA+ proposes to house the 30 museums to be accommodated in one open concrete structure that acts as a vertical garden and infrastructure ‘shelf’ that gradually can be occupied by the different museums. Each one of them can have its own expression, spatial logic and layout. Together they create a highly visible ensemble along the adjacent motorway. This move releases space for a green public space that can be used by visitors while following the brief would have meant that there would not much space be left for any usable green space. The park has been developed as a ‘house with rooms’ where different existing conditions and newly added ones create a multiplicity of views, scenes and experiences.
The hill top is occupied by a hotel, spa an event complex from where the city can be overlooked. For the building not to dominate the park, a large part of the program not profiting from the vista has been hidden in the hill.
MLA+: Markus Appenzeller, Pinar Bozoglan, Milena Zaklanovic