URBANUS plans art center in shenzhen topped with a public rooftop park

URBANUS plans art center in shenzhen topped with a public rooftop park

beijing-based architecture practice URBANUS has won an international competition to design a cultural complex in shenzhen’s longgang district. surrounded by urban villages, modern residential communities, and industrial areas, banxuegang science and technology city is primarily known as the headquarters of technology firm huawei. the brief outlined by local authorities called for an ‘art center’ that would take full advantage of the site’s topography and landscape to create more open public spaces. conceived as a new city park, the project will allow its users to enjoy recreational and cultural activities.

URBANUS plans art center in shenzhen topped with a public rooftop park
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URBANUS’ overall concept was to fully integrate the art center and the park — known as the ‘golden mountain’ — into a whole, in which the main buildings house a theater complex as well as a science and art museum. a 1,600-seat grand theater will be joined by a black box theater and a public art center that appear as separate volumes on the roof canopy. open 24 hours a day, an inner street connects the scheme and provides access to the rooftop square.

URBANUS plans art center in shenzhen topped with a public rooftop park



oriented towards the park, a multi-purpose art gallery forms a U-shaped courtyard. here, a ground floor commercial block sits below an exhibition hall that offers views across the undulating landscape. ‘the grand theater and the science and technology museum become an extension of the park’s public path and form the daily system of active public space for the residents,’ explains URBANUS. ‘the art center intertwines displays of technology, cultural leisure space and nature together to provide a unique spatial experience for the neighborhood.’

URBANUS plans art center in shenzhen topped with a public rooftop park

URBANUS plans art center in shenzhen topped with a public rooftop park

URBANUS plans art center in shenzhen topped with a public rooftop park



project info:


name: ban xue gang art center and surrounding block architecture conceptual design
client: longgang urban management bureau
status: 1st place in international competition
location: bantian, longgang district, shenzhen
design: 2017-2018
urban design area: 10.2 ha
site area: 4.86 ha
grand theater site area: 21,866 sqm / floor area: 81,955 sqm
science and technology museum site area: 15,540 sqm / floor area: 56,000 sqm


architect: URBANUS
principle architect:
liu xiaodu
project general manager: yao xiaowei
project architect: milutin cerovic
project manager: liao mengjun
team: shen chen, zhang yingyuan, zhang chaoxian, sun yanhua, liu kan (architecture design) | zhong gang, chen xiaoyu, yang mengli (urban + landscape design) | wang lan (internship)

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