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The present international competition aims at drawing on collective wisdom and absorbing all useful ideas from both domestic and international excellent designing institutions for prospective, creative and operable urban designs. With Shenzhen’s mission of building a demonstrative pilot zone of socialism with Chinese characteristics as the foundation as well as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as the vision, it is expected that the construction of an international city of consumption center should be planned from a high point, so that Longhua International Business District can be built to become “the first choice of consumers in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area” with diversified urban functions that are integrated with commercial services, innovative creation, scientific and technological services, and life of good quality.
The Longhua International Business District is one of the six key- areas in Longhua District. It is located in the core part and central development axis of Shenzhen City, stretching itself into three subdistricts of Longhua, Minzhi and Dalang whilst being adjacent to the Shenzhen North Station International Business Zone in the south. Longhua Foxconn and Banxuegang Technology City are located in the northeastern direction and Yangtaishan Forest Park is located in the west. Bao’an International Airport is just one-hour drive away, and Shenzhen North Railway Station is within 10 minutes’ drive and Futian Central is just 30 minutes away. Therefore, the traffic both outbound and inbound is of great convenience.
The Longhua International Business District is the core section to improve the comprehensive service capabilities of the central development axis. On one aspect, the district has the function of perfecting Longhua’s own implementing system whilst enhancing the quality of life there. On the other aspect, with the North Railway Station Hub as the base, the exposure range of the business is expanded in the district, which provides Longhua with a space of commercial complex that is widely-open, handy, ecological, and vibrant.
Sketch Map of the Central Development Axis of Shenzhen City ©LAY-OUT
Sketch Map of the Central Service Axis of Longhua District ©Research on the Spatial Planning of the Urban Renewal Area of Modern Commercial City in Longhua District
Sketch Map of the Project Location ©LAY-OUT
Three. The Work Contents for the Present Competition
The present international competition consists of two levels, namely the scope of urban design and the scope of conceptual architecture design. The former covers an occupation of approximately 325 hectares, including the range of Donghuan First Road, Longhua Avenue, Industry Road, Longsheng Road and Park Road (refer to the white scope line on map below). Among those, there are three key projects for conceptual architecture designs, namely the project of Longhua Business Center, the project of Longhua Third Industrial Zone as well as the intended shanty-area renovation project of the Core Zone.
The present international competition aims at recruiting creative plans for sectional major landmark building complex with business and office functions under the general framework of the urban design of the Renmin Road Business Center. It is required that the participating entities should make a proposal of the orientation of the industries and functions for future development, based upon the comprehensive analyses of the sectional development whilst pushing forward the concept of urban design and performing the work of design in terms of functional layout, traffic, public space, key architecture formats etc.
△ 场地范围示意图 ©蕾奥
Sketch Map of the Site ©LAY-OUT
1. Urban Design
In accordance with the structural framework of Longhua International Business District, composition of functions as well as future-oriented spatial structure concepts and measures are required to be proposed. For the completion of the comprehensive conceptual urban design, focus shall be placed upon the design administration and control, the aboveground and underground space shaping and traffic organization of the four important axis lines of "the two- horizontal and the two -longitudinal" (namely Longhua Renmin Road, Longhua Heping Road, Industrial Road and Jinglong Construction Road), as well as the relationship between the district and different public open spaces, like the Guanlan River, etc.
Comprehensive Design and Comprehensive Approach shall be adopted to make a proposal of spatial solutions for building a systemic and integral international business district, with the areas of high-strength inventory development, multiple implementation entities, and the interweaved new and established sections as the context.
The Two-horizontal and the Two-longitudinal ©LAY-OUT
2. Conceptual Architecture Design
The project implementation shall be on key focus. With the requirements raised by the host combined, the local policies and standards as well as the operability and economic costs of the project construction shall be taken into sufficient consideration. In the meanwhile, the plans for the three key projects (with a site occupation of about 76 hectares and a total floorage of about 3.71 million m2), namely of the Longhua Business Center, Longhua Third Industrial Zone and the intended shanty-area renovation project of the Core Zone, are requested to reach the depth of conceptual architecture design.
△ 龙华商业中心范围示意 ©蕾奥
Sketch Map of Scope of Longhua Business Center ©LAY-OUT
△ 龙华第三工业区范围示意 ©蕾奥
Sketch Map of Scope of Longhua Third Industrial Zone ©LAY-OUT
△ 核心区意向棚改项目范围示意 ©蕾奥
Sketch Map of the Scope of intended shanty-area renovation project of the Core Zone ©LAY-OUT
Four. Competition Rules
The mode of "open entry submission + invitation" is adopted for the present international competition, which consists of three phases, namely the pre-qualification, the urban design and conceptual architecture design, as well as the integration and further development of the accomplishments.
The Phase of Pre-qualification: The pre-qualification consists of two rounds. The host shall send out letters of invitation to the invited entities and select two shortlisted teams. Invited entities that are not selected will automatically be included in the list of openly registered design entities to participate in the second round of prequalification and will not be allowed to change the consortium. The other four shortlisted teams shall be well selected from the design entities (or consortium) registered through public entries. In the meanwhile, there shall be two alternative teams selected based on the order.
The Phase of Urban Design and Conceptual Architecture Design: After six design institutions (or consortium) submit valid documents of accomplishments, the host shall establish a judge panel in accordance with laws and conduct the evaluation of participating plans.
The Phase of Integration and Further Development of the Accomplishments: The winning designing institution (or consortium) of the first prize shall be allowed to carry out the integration of the urban design plans and the deepening of architecture design, and their plan shall be put into implementation for the present project. Normally, the winner(s) shall be able to complete the further development work of the prized plan. If the winner(s) shall abandon the integration work of the deliverables, the conduct shall be considered as a breach of the contract, and only the compensation fee of 1.2 million CNY shall be able to be paid out. The host shall have the right to entrust other design teams to take over the follow-up work. If necessary, the integration unit needs to connect with the design plan of the main plot that has been determined within the design scope.
Five. Application Requirements
The host will invite six design institutions (consortium) which possess relevant experience in urban design of commercial centers as well as practical and successful experience in urban design of key areas domestically and internationally to attend the present international competition. Two excellent invited design institutions (consortium) shall be well-selected through proper evaluation.
The applicants shall be either enterprises with an independent legal person or institutions registered either in China or abroad. Foreign companies shall submit entries jointly with domestic enterprises with an independent legal person. No qualifications are required for the present competition.
Consortium shall be accepted for the participation with no limitation in member numbers. No consortium members shall have the right to participate in the competition again alone or with another consortium by another name. The consortium members shall be requested to sign a Consortium Agreement with force of law whilst specifying the leading entity and individual labor division.
No individual participant or individually-combined group will be accepted for the sign-up.
It is encouraged that the design team shall consist of professionals from multiple fields, including urban planning and design, architecture design, transportation planning and industrial planning etc.
The participating designers for the present international competition shall be the registered personnel of the participating institution. The designer-in-chief shall have the skill of presiding over several projects of the same category as well as past relevant experience for at least 5 years. In addition, the designer-in-chief shall be directly involved with the whole designing process, including the site survey, reviewing and Q&A as well as the final presentation. It is required that at least one of the participating designers shall have the knowledge of the Chinese language, so the designers shall be ensured to have an accurate understanding of the regional background of China and relevant requirements.
Design institutions (or consortium) with following project experience shall be given the prioritized consideration for further qualification: Practical and successful experience of key projects of urban design domestically or internationally; Experience of business center planning and architecture design; Rich experience in urban design of comprehensive transportation hub areas.
Six. Competition Bonus
The bonus for this competition is paid in RMB. Any taxes and dues generated by the bonus shall be in charge of the design institutions (consortium). themselves
The hosts shall confirm the rank of top three winning design institutions (consortium). Design institutions (consortium) that cater to the design requirements shall get the following awards in accordance with the ranking order.
（1）The first prize winner (1) shall be awarded with 3 million CNY as well as 4.57 million CNY for deliverable deepening work.
（2）The second prize winners (1) shall be awarded with 2 million CNY;
（3）The third prize winners (1) shall be awarded with 1.6 million CNY;
（4）The other 3 shortlisted design institutions (consortium) shall be rewarded with 1.2 million CNY respectively.
If design institutions participate in the present competition by the name of consortium, the hosts shall only build the connection with the leading party of the consortium and settle accounts with them. If foreign design institutions are unable to accept RMB, they may authorize the independent legal persons within the border of China for the money collection.
If the judge panel affirm that the deliverables submitted by design institutions (consortium) do not cater to the depth and requirements of the present designing competition, the host shall have the right of not paying out the bonuses for the design.
The time is subject to Beijing time. The host shall reserve the right to adjust the schedule. In case of adjustment, the hosts shall notify the design institutions (consortium) by e-mail.
Eight. Document Acquisition
Please visit the official website shown as below to acquire the relevant documents, including Working Rules, Design Brief and other relevant attachments. （The attachment can be downloaded at the end of this page）.
Official Website of Longhua District Government
Shenzhen Design Center
Nine. Pre-qualification Documents
The applicants shall submit a full package of Pre-qualification Document, which consists of two the Application Document and Concept Proposal. Please refer to the International Competition on Urban Design of Longhua International Business District on Renmin Road – Working Rules and Design Brief for detailed documents.
Ten. Organizing Institutions
Longhua District City Renewal and Land Renovation Bureau, Shenzhen
Technology Support：LAY-OUT Planning Consultants Ltd
Meeting organized and planned by: Shenzhen Twisen Information Consulting Co., Ltd
(Consulting time: weekdays 9:00-12:00, 14:00-18:00)
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