Another five buildings are slated to join Shenzhen's dense skyline as details about a new mixed-use complex have been released by Chicago-based Goettsch Partners and Hong Kong's Lead 8. Their 320,000-square-metre project in the Qianhai district would see a five-parcel site — including two Class A office towers — developed by Horoy Qianhai International Holdings Limited. 

The China Horoy Qianhai Guanze Mixed-Use development, image courtesy of Goettsch Partners and Lead 8

The development would amplify the emergence of a new financial district in Shenzhen by creating an urban complex and alternative outdoor experience. On top of the significant office component, plans call for a five-star hotel, 50,000 square meters of retail split across five levels, and two serviced apartment buildings. Lead 8 spearheaded the master plan and will be taking charge of the planning and design for the apartment and retail portion of the development, while Goettsch Partners has been tasked with planning and designing the office towers and hotel. 

Rendering of the office component, image courtesy of Goettsch Partners and Lead 8

The signature piece of the project will assume the form of a 62-storey, 293-metre-tall office tower. The building's four pairs of structural mega-columns influence the exterior design. The 45-degree corners slope inward and spread out as the tower dematerializes, producing a striking and identifiable image. To further distinguish between the primary facade and the corner piers, two distinct cladding systems will be used. The reflective corners will contrast with a more textured articulation on the main elevations. Totalling 117,330 square meters, the building concludes with a V-shaped crown. On the ground, a soaring three-storey lobby will be anchored by a stone-clad core. 

The proposed hotel, image courtesy of Goettsch Partners and Lead 8

The second office tower is proposed at 37 storeys and features similar design elements with the intent of complementing the main skyscraper. To be operated by Hilton as a Conrad property, the hotel will contain 298 guestrooms, cascading amenity floors, and lushly landscaped gardens. With floor-to-ceiling glass providing city and water views, the hotel is positioned to become a destination point within the city. A series of green roofs, reflecting pools, garden spaces, and landscaped pedestrian plazas populate the property on the ground and in the sky. Ease of access will be a critical hallmark of the project, with a new MTR station expected to be integrated within the expansive retail podium. 

An expansive retail program links the development's uses, image courtesy of Goettsch Partners and Lead 8

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