A new landmark that is more than just a vista point
Mawan landmark for Shenzhen’s Qianhai District
Location: Qianhai District, Shenzhen, China
Client: People’s government of Qianhai district development office
Program: Landmark in the most visible location of the new district
Mawan landmark will mark the entrance to the harbour of the newly emerging urban district of Qianhai. As the dominating structure at the eastern end of a new public cultural waterfront, it will be widely visible and attract many visitors.
In the competition two landmark designs were requested. One that stays under the height limit of 100 meters and one that can be higher.
The ‘Qianhai Wave‘ marks the place where the city ends and the sea starts. Literally bending the upwards and upside down, we create a spectacular three-dimensional spectacular sculpture – a symphony of the city. The water-facing side celebrates water and serves as a large fountain with at its top a vista terrace. The sculpture houses a multimedia exhibition of the development of Shenzhen and the opening up of China which started at the spot of the new landmark.
The ‘Qianhai Lantern‘ draws its inspiration from the traditional Chinese paper lantern. Mounted on a column that can extend, a new type of animated landmark emerges that looks different at any moment of the day. At night the lantern lights the waters of Qianhai harbour, during the day, it allows for views across the new district, towards Hong Kong and across the Pearl River Delta.
2019 design competition
MLA +: Markus Appenzeller, Ruizhi Cao, Ruixin Chen, Ivana Damjanovic, Alex Lee, Xiaolu Sun, Shaoning Wu, Xiao Xu
Polylester: Gabriel Lester
Cundall: Dong Chen