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GVL:When the sponge city meets the artistic landscape, what kind of collision will occur? Shenzhen Guangming Culture and Art Center perfectly interprets the high integration of “technique” and “art” in public landscape, making it a new cultural and artistic landmark in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and a new model of sponge city construction. The project team tried to influence and change people’s spiritual life, stimulate urban vitality and revitalize the regional economy through the combination of art, culture, sustainable ecological awareness and landscape.


▼主笔设计师谈项目设计过程   The chief designer talks about the project design process




Commissioned for the landscape design of Guangming Culture & Art Center, we first referred to the chorography of Guangming District. Upon research, we found that the site was originally a large area of farmland several decades ago, when agriculture was the main economic industry of this district. It is the birthplace of the famous Chenguang Dairy.


▼光明的田园肌理  farmland texture



Though Guangming District has already established an urban ecology with diverse industries, pastoral culture is still firmly rooted in people’s heart. Therefore, we immediately decided to interpret the “pastoral culture” in an artistic way and integrate “farmland” into the project.


▼设计愿景 & 设计语言  Concept of landscape and idyll & farmland texture as design pattern

▼首层平面图 First floor plan

▼建成后航拍图(摄于2021.05.23) Aerial view upon completion(shot on May 23, 2021)

▼中庭的抽象田园肌理 Abstract farmland texture in the atrium





To meet the Sponge City construction requirements of Guangming District, we carefully evaluated and calculated the design from the very beginning, aiming to build a scientific and multi-dimensional sponge city system, which will adapt to the complex terrain and water system.

Based on the evaluation and calculation, in the easily flooded area, we built a rainwater garden, a bioretention pond, a sunken greenbelt, a rooftop garden, a buffer zone and a gravelly ditch, which are combined to collect and recycle rainwater in the underground storage tank. Finally, the annual runoff control rate in the area reaches 74.3 percent, the reduction rate of diffuse pollution reaches 56 percent, and the permeable pavement rate reaches 50 percent, which well meet the requirements of Shenzhen’s Sponge City Construction.


▼生态设计获得绿建三星及海绵城市双认证 Three-star green building and sponge-city-certified project



In the meantime, we need to create refined sponge-city landscape, which means the high integration of green infrastructure and landscape art. It will showcase the atmosphere of the public building and provide excellent activity spaces for citizens. In face of the challenges, we presented the following five strategies.


▼雨水流向示意图  Diagram of rainwater flow

▼汇水分区及雨水流向图 & 海绵设施布置图 Water catchments subdivition and rainwater flow directions & Sponge facilities layout


▼灰绿设施结合构建高效能高颜值的海绵系统 Gray and green facilities form a high-efficient and beautiful sponge city system


1.顺应地形|Terrain-based Design



The multi-dimensional quadrilateral site is sloping on three sides with four corners curling up. The eastern slope features a height difference of 9.6 meters and a slope gradient over 4.9%, while it is only 26 meters in width. Long and narrow space is easy to make people feel depressed and cause erosion.

Even so, we still hope to show respect for the terrain, trying to reduce excavation and avoid damage to the water resources. As a result, we built a terraced multi-functional parapet to balance the height difference and realize rainwater harvesting.


▼原貌地形分析 Terrain analysis

▼坡地参数化设计 Parametric slope design




In consideration of the complicated sloping terrain, we used models and parametric design to solve the problem. As a result, a three-dimensional parapet came into being, which can not only serve as wall, bench and drainage channel but also appeal to visitors.

Besides, a belt rainwater garden is designed along the slope to collect rainwater from the footpath and the slope. There is also gabion to prevent high-speed rainwash. In addition, built in the lower part of the eastern slope is a rainwater garden, which is connected with the underground facilities and presents unique beauty above the ground.


▼顺应地形的海绵设计 Terrain-based sponge-city design

▼多功能挡墙与海绵设施的结合 Multi-functional retaining wall and sponge facilities

▼坡地多重植被种植构建生态综合体 Eco complex covered by plants of different heights.

▼顺应地形设计的种植空间 Terrain-based planting space

▼生物滞留带 Bioretention zone

▼生物滞留带 & 碎石渗渠 Bioretention zone & gravel seepage channel

▼碎石渗池 Rock permeability


2.光明之眼|Eye of Light


In front of the building’s facade, we designed a 170m long and 18m wide mirror water, which forms a huge eye together with the arched entrance. The so-called “Eye of Light” has become a new Instagram-worthy location.


▼网红打卡点—“光明之眼” Instagram-Worthy Location —— Eye of Light



The arched entrance over the water is the “bridge of culture”, through which people can have a fantastic view of the world. The large area water makes the huge building look graceful and dynamic. Meanwhile, it keeps visitors far away from the building, thus feeling less oppressive.


▼深圳首个使用雨水资源回用技术的大型水景 The first waterscape to use rainwater recycling system in Shenzhen




To reduce the maintenance cost for the 3,000㎡ waterscape, we built two 750m³ huge reservoirs in the underground parking for rainwater recycling.

In this way we save up to 60% tap-water use annually and create a sustainable eco waterscape which can be used as a temporary reservoir in rainstorm.


▼雨水调蓄及回用系统 Rainwater storage and recycling system




With parametric design, we also created a mountain-shaped sculpture using more than 300 columns of different sizes, which can be seen from any perspective.

As the symbol and focus at the entrance, the sculpture reflects the light from different angles, just like the the mountain surrounded by clouds and mist. Abstract design makes the space open, graceful and comfortable. The “mountain” dialogues with the “eye of light”, representing the beautiful landscape of Guangming and symbolizing that outside the city is a wonderful world while inside is the loved hometown.


▼拱形入口构成炫丽的山水画卷 Arched entrance looks like a landscape painting

▼参数化山形艺术雕塑描绘出光明的山水 Mountain-shaped sculpture presents the beauty of Guangming


3.文化雨园|Rainwater Garden


For quadrangle-style buildings, the atrium is an important area for rainwater management. Since traditional landscape cannot deal with floods, we created a rainwater garden here which is divided into pieces and looks look farmland.


▼中庭雨水径流方向示意图 Flow diagram of rainwater in atrium



Under the garden are special soil matrix, coarse sand, gravel and drain-pipes, which will help to collect, purify and transport rainwater into the underground reservoirs without damaging the plants on the ground. The design also conforms to the Chinese tradition of “water gathering together”.


▼清新宜人之传统岭南合院的现代演绎 Modern interpretation of traditional Lingnan courtyard

▼符合文化、艺术、生态气质的中庭休闲空间  Cultural, artistic and ecological atrium space

▼自然种植的群落空间  The community space of natural planting




Different from the peripheral spaces which are mainly for sightseeing, the atrium is designed as a destination for music festivals, news conference and other large-scale activities.

The L-shaped terrace is designed with interactive water faucets, cultural wind vanes, cultural carvings, etc. Moreover, we created movable seats with luminous concrete, making the space dynamic and flexible. With shade around most of the time during the day, people are willing to stay here and have a rest.


▼互动取水器装置 Interactive drinage faucets

▼特色发光混凝土座椅成为中庭的视觉焦点 Luminous concrete seat is eye-catching in the atrium

▼代表世界文化艺术潮流的风向标装置 Wind vanes stand for international culture and art trend


4.创新铺装|Innovative Pavement


To highlight the design idea of “farmland” and reach a permeability rate of 50%, we customized pavement in parallelogram, including traditional stone and permeable bricks, which are skillfully combined together to present a better visual effect.


▼铺装的参数化设计 Parametric pavement design



With entrances and exits in four directions, the visiting routes are relatively complicated. Therefore, based on crowd predication and parametric design, we created an effective signage system using the changing pavement. In addition, the 74° parallelograms are parallel to the buildings, which contributes to a unified style between landscape and architecture.


▼具有导视功能的铺装设计 Guiding pavement design

▼透水铺装与传统石材混铺技术实现功能和美学的统一 Combination of permeable pavement material and traditional stone

▼屋顶特色廊架与混拼铺装细节 Pergola and mixed pavement in the roof garden


5.科普体验|Scientific Experience



The lower land in the west nearby the building is ideal for sponge city display. When it rains, visitors will have an experience of the collection, infiltration, purification and storage of rainwater.

Transparent acrylic boards clearly display the internal structure of the flower beds, which surround the garden together with the gabion. Also, the gravel pool not only serves as the entrance to the garden, but also provides a space for learning, sightseeing and relaxing.


▼科普体验互动式雨水花园 Rainwater garden for interactive science experience

▼雨水花园雨水径流方向示意图 Water flow diagram of rainwater garden

▼艺术化的雨水传输渠 Artistic drinage channel

▼雨水花园的结构展示 Display of rainwater garden structure

▼海绵科普展示与景观设计的结合 Sponge city displayed through landscape design




Through ecological and integrated design, GVL team creates a perfect encounter between sponge city technique and landscape art in Guangming Culture & Art Center. With the design idea of “building an ideal life, reconstructing a sustainable ecology”, we once again present a beautiful and high-quality green space for the city.



▼地下蓄水箱 & 透水铺装混铺材料 Underground water tank & Permeable-impermeable mixed paving technology






Project: Guangming Culture & Art Center, Shenzhen
Client: Shenzhen Guangming Municipal Construction Affairs Bureau
Landscape Area: 37,900㎡
Time of Design: May, 2018
Time of Completion: November, 2020
Landscape Design: GVL Group
Architectural Design: A+E Design
Landscape Photography: Shining Laboratory


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