MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong reveals its masterplan and architectural design for the “Shenzhen Bay Culture Park.” The ambitious cultural complex covers an approximate area of 51,000 square meters, with a total building area of 182,000 square meters, and includes the Creative Design Hall, the Shenzhen Science and Technology Museum, with an expansive public green space along the waterfront in Shenzhen, China. Located within the Houhai area of Shenzhen, known as “China's Silicon Valley”, the Shenzhen Bay Culture Park represents Shenzhen’s ambitions of becoming a “city of culture with global influence.” It is expected to be completed in 2023.
MAD’s scheme is enriched with undulating public green space with smooth and monumental stone-looking pavilions quietly settling into the environment. Along the top floor of the south pavilion, visitors can walk through the exhibition space to reach a viewing platform that overlooks Shenzhen Bay and the city skyline. The special exhibition hall’s highest space soars to 30 meters. The unique gallery can accommodate a diverse display of large-scale installations, videos, multi-media, and performances, delivering stunning architectural spatial effects. A reception area, standard exhibition halls, public education space, library, auditorium, theater, café and supporting business are spread out across the ground floor.
Conceived as a ‘three-dimensional citizen’s park’, the project not only serves as a 24-hour open public space, but also functions as a performance venue and exhibition area. A mirrored pool at the heart of the site forms an amphitheater that can accommodate up to 10,000 people. Multiple platforms found across the enduring landscape provide outdoor performance venues and public art exhibition areas shaping a dynamic civic space for hosting art and music festivals, and other domestic and international events – a place of cultural exchange.