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May 4, 2018

John Portman & Associates to design iconic landmark in Shenzhen
John Portman & Associates (JPA) recently announced a first-place finish in the international design competition held by Shenzhen Prince Bay Shang Long Real Estate Co Ltd for the architectural and engineering design of Prince Bay lot DY02-06A in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.
     The Prince Bay area of Shenzhen is a significant activity node featuring nearly 15 km of coastline with a majestic mountainous backdrop. Part of a larger masterplan, the project site faces the vast ocean, greeting the multitude of travelers as they navigate the waterfront’s cruise ship terminal. JPA won the international design competition by creating a unique and memorable coastal portal to the ever-energetic city of Shenzhen. 
     The complex will feature a 5-star hotel with 350 guestrooms encompassing a total area of approximately 40,000 sq m of hotel space. Approximately 10,000 sq m of retail will be organized around an atrium and connected via tunnels, bridges, and grade-level pedestrian circulation. The site is adjacent to a planned subway station that connects to an underground transportation system linking the cruise ship terminal and the lots to the north, creating an efficient connectivity network.
     Lell E Barnes, firm principal and design director explains the architects’ approach, “Harmonizing with the overall Prince Bay masterplan while promoting the natural humanity, sea, and nature synergy was a paramount theme. The array of visitors and associated activities offered numerous unique design challenges. A simple yet logical massing based on site conditions and user needs formed the welcoming iconic image.” 
     For full story with plan and plenty of images, please refer to Building Journal May issue. Subscribe Building Journal E-version <click here>

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