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SWA Group：As the last 6 KM of Shenzhen Bay park system, Shekou promenade is the far west portion of the Shenzhen Bay coastal shoreline, and a highly celebrated leisure and tourism destination. As more population is moving into cities, the urban public space design has been an ever-important catalyst for making memorable and popular urban places for people. At Shekou’s coast, abandoned industrial port and out of date shoreline are being converted to high quality public space, which increased the real estate value and attracted more people and businesses to Shekou’s coastal area.
Shekou Promenade, the final phase of the ambitious shoreline transformation, was designed with a context-first approach, adopting a place-making narrative developed in the 2014 international competition winning scheme “Culture Lines from Hinterland”. It features 5 distinct character zones, providing rich and diverse experiences for citizen and visitors.
Shekou Promenade’s design employed a place-making strategy that celebrates the site’s unique contextual heritage—mountains along the shoreline, an industrial past, and the hinterland culture. The design interpreted such characters with contemporary languages and materials.
“What’s old is new again” is the idea at the core of the design process—transforming existing fishing and industrial uses and blending them into a new place, offering an experience rich with distinct cultural identity. Shekou Promenade’s design employs a place-making strategy that celebrates the site’s unique contextual heritage—mountains along the shoreline, an industrial past, and the hinterland culture. The six-kilometer site was formerly occupied by various port and harbor functions, including a barge dock, a derelict oil pipe pier, an old residential boardwalk, and Shekou’s historic fishing boat harbor. These industrial elements and the hinterland culture were also re-interpreted in the new landscape, recreating a strong sense of place authentic to the city’s unique context.
The historic natural landscape of Shekou was once celebrated for its beautiful mountains and beaches. However, after years of landfilling and shoreline evolution, these natural features that once bordered the shoreline were absorbed into the hinterland landscape. While the natural mountain profile is still visible from the waterfront, the experience of strolling between the water’s edge and the foot of the mountain had been lost entirely. By re-imaging the “mountains” in a new promenade landscape, the design brings back undulating landform features to the waterfront plaza spaces, delivering an interpreted experience of Shekou’s natural mountain topography.
Starting from a landmark pedestrian bridge that connects the old and new Shenzhen Bay waterfront, Shekou Promenade begins with the Nature Park segment, which provides a continuous recreational route for people while separating pedestrian, jogging, and bicycle lanes. Breezeway Plaza, Invisible City Installation, and High-Tide Terrace are culturally enriched nodal spaces that unfold while people walk along the first kilometer. As they proceed, the design captures place-making opportunities introducing the distinct character of this waterfront context. Interpretation of nature’s rich, complex, and subtle beauty.
▼滨海休闲步道 The recreational route
Landscape and site furniture are introduced as an invitation for people to stop and relax along the walk, and to enjoy the great ocean views. Granite seating blocks and wood benches reference wooden fishing boats and Shenzhen’s well know quarry landscape, embedding a contextual material vibe into the construction details. Many simple and bold art installations are also choreographed along the Promenade, including the Breezeway Plaza, Invisible City, and High-tide Terrace. They each serve as a thematic place-making elements that deliver impressions of the waterfront: the tide, the wind, the coastal grasses, and industrial city skylines.
The transformation of this postindustrial shoreline has clearly contributed to the city’s economic and social growth. Property values have increased 10 times since the construction of the first phase of Shenzhen Bay Coastal Park, in 2007. The number of visitors to Shekou Promenade has averaged 20,000 people per day since its opening in August of 2017, and exceeds 30,000 during special events.
The last segment of Shekou Promenade is the Fish Harbor Park. As one of the cultural landmarks of Shenzhen Bay, Shekou’s more than 100-year-old fishing harbor has witnessed the city’s dramatic transformation. The promenade design was careful to keep much of the fishing boat parking, repair, and seafood wholesale capacity as part of the promenade experience. That priority was achieved through careful planning of both recreational and fishing production circulation routes to allow multi-use of the shoreline without conflict. The Fish Harbor Park is a place for sports, social interaction, and harbor events.
Architectural shade canopies are inspired by the fishing boats and the colorful barrels the fishermen use in their work.The result is a world-class public open space that reminds visitors and residents of Shekou’s rich industrial and natural history. While so much of China’s past has quickly been covered over with contemporary design work, this project creates a model for cultural resiliency that inspires pride in the people of Shekou.
The result is a world-class public open space that reminds visitors and residents of Shekou’s rich industrial and natural history. While so much of China’s historic past has quickly been blanketed with contemporary design, this project creates a model for cultural resiliency that inspires pride in the people of Shekou.
项目设计 & 完成年份：2014-2017
主创及设计团队：Peiwen Yu、Kinder Baumgardner 、Michael Robinson、Kunkook Bae、Xin Sui、Kuang Xin、Tarana Hafiz
Project name: Shenzhen Bay Shekou Promenade
Client: The Urban Administration Bureau of Nanshan district, Shenzhen city
Project location: Nanshan district, Shenzhen city, China
Project design & year completed: 2014-2017
Design area: 13.8 ha
Design company: SWA
Design team: Peiwen Yu, Kinder Baumgardner, Michael Robinson, Kunkook Bae, Xin Sui, Kuang Xin, Tarana Hafiz
Partner: Shenzhen beilinyuan landscape and architectural planning and design institute co., LTD
Photo credits: David Lloyd
项目中的材料运用 Application of materials in this project
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