Shenzhen Bay Tech-Eco Park
Shenzhen Investment Holdings Corporation Limited of Shenzhen, China, selected CRJA-IBI Group and its associated Chinese landscape architects to design the exterior landscaped area, roadways, elevated decks, gardens and roof gardens for four districts within the new Shenzhenwan Technology and Ecology Park. Shenzhen is a major city in the south of Southern China’s Guangdong Province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong. The area is China’s first—and one of the most successful—Special Economic Zones. The project’s location within the urban fabric of Shenzhen offered the landscape architects distinct opportunities to create an energizing addition to the neighborhood.
A defining feature of the surrounding landscape is water, which has inspired the overall landscape design concepts of fluidity and connectivity. The unique sensory environments which will define the development are informed by the physically distinct typologies that water creates throughout its life cycle on the landscape. Through the use of varied materials and sound organizational principles, the design will work to enhance the overall connectivity throughout the project by establishing an overall identity with a series of social gathering points that cater to the diverse needs of the people experiencing the development. The design approach also capitalizes on other existing physical features such as the coastline, mountains, and parks to further enhance the project’s unique potential.
The goal is to create civic spaces that are meaningful, memorable, and timeless. The project comprises five distinct zones—a Waterfall Gateway, which will serve as the “front door” to the development; a Cloud Terrace which will create dining and entertainment zones; a Mountain Terrace, which will provide areas for quiet reflection and active recreation; a Riverdeck Promenade, which will serve as the primary circulation system uniting the various districts; and Landscape as Idea, which will offer a series of destination social spaces that offer users a diverse array of outdoor activities. Sustainable features including passive cooling, rainwater and greywater reuse, stormwater management gardens, native plantings, and wind harvesting are incorporated into the design of each zone to enhance ecological sustainability throughout the project.