WORKac: hua qiang bei road
WORKac: hua qiang bei road
aug 18, 2010

WORKac: hua qiang bei road

‘hua qiang bei road’, shenzen by workac and zhubo all images courtesy workac




american firms workac and zhubo recently won an invited competition to redesign a 1kilometer section of ‘hua qiang bei road’ in shenzen. the former industrial district has emerged to become shenzhen’s premier shopping and electronics street. this success has also unfortunately created traffic problems, and the street needs a new contemporary expression to reflect its destination status. workac proposed a series of strategic interventions, rather than a single approach. they have taken the idea of the 3D street and created five iconic ‘lanterns’ by twisting the required program into sinuous bands, creating visible destinations through a process of ‘urban acupuncture’, strategically affecting change where required. the lanterns are high enough to maintain views across the street, while still providing shade and bridge connections. at night, the lanterns glow with colored light and activity. each lantern contains special destination of public programs. they range from an electronics museum at the south, to an urban information hub in the electronics district to an elevated public park at the center, a ‘figure eight’ observation pavilion and a fashion and design museum at the north.


underground, new connective spaces provide public amenities – a public library, a food court, and a series of performance and gallery spaces – and provide connections across the street and between four newly created metro lines. terraced steps create generous entrances at each of the lanterns. the underground spaces are connected by a wide shopping ‘boulevard’ at mezzanine level. the project is a collaboration with arup as consulting traffic, sustainability, structural and mep engineers and balmori associates as landscape architects.

WORKac: hua qiang bei road

WORKac: hua qiang bei road

WORKac: hua qiang bei road the sky level

WORKac: hua qiang bei road

WORKac: hua qiang bei road

WORKac: hua qiang bei road

WORKac: hua qiang bei road

WORKac: hua qiang bei road pedestrian and transport access

WORKac: hua qiang bei road the sustainable elements

WORKac: hua qiang bei road underground section

WORKac: hua qiang bei road street and sky levels

WORKac: hua qiang bei road section views

WORKac: hua qiang bei road section views

  • 1º. it cost a lot of money
    2º. you can’t move big structures with trucks
    3º. traffic interruption is the same in the crossroads, that time that could be spent by pedestrians across the side-walks
    4º maybe there’s a lot of noise and pollution around those beautiful green areas

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