Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint
Urban Design of multi-function area
This is a group project about urban planning and design, which is modified from the graduation project. It aims to increase the density of a low usage cargo for Shenzhen Bay checkpoint. The site covers approximately 120,000 square meters, includes cargo area, residential area, creative industry area, and community facilities. I lead the whole team and mainly design creative industry area. Special thanks for team member Jiayuan Zhang, Xiongbing Ding, Wenbo Ma, and Jingming Huang.
The Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint is the largest one among the eight checkpoints between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Since the return of Hong Kong, services like cargo and visitor transportation have increased yearly. The Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint is designed and projected with a more significant portion of cargo transportation while less portion of visitor transportation. However, along with an economic boom of China mainland, there is a rapid growth of tourists to Hong Kong, but the local freight transport decreased. That situation also brings about the crowding in the checkpoint, makes the cargo transport almost empty. By analyzing the policies and using algorithms with traffic data, we predicted that 50% of usable land in the cargo. These lands transform into grassland, entertainment areas, community facilities, and creative industries.
The project is designed strategically with low height dense development, second-floor capillary platform, function dominate planning. Introduced industries include logistics, entertainment, creativity incubator, and real estate. Based on the analysis of context, the logistic function sets in the north, real estates and community facilities are placed in the middle part, while creative industries are assigned in the south. The whole area is connected by a broad second-floor pedestrian platform and several light rails, while cargo transportation is placed underground. People, cars, lorries would be active in separated elevations, and noise from traffic is limited below people’s area. The whole site is planted with botany that suitable for the local environment instead of a large plank of concrete.
The second-floor platform connects every building. A freestyle figure is inspired by myxobacteria, which builds graceful connections between objects. Therefore, the platform there exhibited organic and bionic design concept and create environmental-friendly work and living space with trees and flowers far away from vehicles. Specifically, containers, symbolized as a sensed of Inclusiveness, can be placed on the free zones. In the Industry Zone, amenities such as food courts and Ferris wheel will be built for recreational purpose. They are encouraging the tourists to attend Product Show host by small-sized enterprises. The Creative Industrial Zone in the central part of the design that supported by government policy, gauging for more adequate facilities, living and recreational space essential for the small firms.