by Zohra KhanSep 25, 2020
Prince Plaza - the OMA-designed mixed-use podium tower - has opened its doors to the citizens of Shenzhen, China. Placed in Shekou’s vibrant context of skyscrapers, outdoor spaces, mountains and the sea, the tower commands views that link the Nanshan mountains and the Shenzhen Bay. The tower actively unites Shekou’s latest commercial developments, its industrial past and its enduring natural landscape.
OMA Project Architect Bauke Albada mentions, “No other urban area in Shenzhen has such close proximity to both the mountains and the sea, with a view corridor and many open spaces. We fully utilised these features in our design of Prince Plaza”.
The 200-meter mixed-use podium tower, located in Shekou’s Sea World district, takes full advantage of its location without blocking the view corridor. The form is conceived as a set of four bars attached to a central core. On one side, two of these bars are slightly set back to increase the perimeter of each floor plate and permit more natural light into the space.
To blend with the architectural character of its surroundings, the otherwise monolithic building is interrupted by three sky decks, reflecting the differing scales of its neighbouring structures. These viewing decks allow both tenants and the public to appreciate a majestic view of the urban context. A prominent opening that resembles the facade of the sky decks is also created to allow the view corridor to pass through the building uninterrupted.
A fluted facade with extra-wide glass panels that envelops 60,000 square meter office space, visually connects the occupants with the mountains and the sea. Inspired by the hills and waves, a hexagon-patterned facade distinguishes the sky decks that contribute to the collection of public outdoor spaces in the district.
To maximise street-level retail frontage, a 40,000 square meter podium mall occupies the full length of the orthogonal site. The mall features a porous facade and a roof terrace that extend the existing commercial and recreational contributions of the Sea World district. Two underground metro lines are integrated into the basement of the mall, connecting Prince Plaza with the rest of Shenzhen.
Along with OMA, the project, initiated in 2014, was led by David Gianotten and Bauke Albada. The local design consultant was Huasen and the building facade was developed in collaboration with Arup.
Name: Prince Plaza
Location: Shenzhen, China
Client: CMSK (China Merchants Shekou Holdings)
Partner-in-Charge: David Gianotten
Project Architect: Bauke Albada
Site: 18,985 m2
GFA: 106,500 m2
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(Text by Ankitha Gattupalli, intern at stirworld.com)