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Goettsch Partners completes its largest China project to date: a mixed-used, five-tower complex


Goettsch Partners completes its largest China project to date: a mixed-used, five-tower complex

The development prioritizes the pedestrian experience by arranging the towers around a central, walkable area.

By Novid Parsi, Contributing Editor  | June 12, 2023
Goettsch Partners completes its largest China project to date: a mixed-used, five-tower complex
All images © CreatAR except as noted

Chicago-based global architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) recently announced the completion of its largest project in China to date: the China Resources Qianhai Center, a mixed-use complex in the Qianhai district of Shenzhen. Developed by CR Land, the project includes five towers totaling almost 472,000 square meters (4.6 million sf). 

The overall development, which totals more than 500,000 square meters (5.4 million sf), comprises three office towers, a hotel tower, an apartment tower, and a terraced retail complex. GP designed the towers and co-developed the master plan with UK-based design firm Benoy, which also designed the retail complex. 

To prioritize the pedestrian experience, the project team combined the original eight-parcel site into two larger blocks, unifying the development and minimizing vehicular traffic within the site. The five towers are arranged around the site’s perimeter to create an urban street wall while also opening the site’s interior for pedestrians. Inside this “financial canyon,” terraced levels reduce the scale of the urban streetscape and provide multiple options for social interaction. In addition, the pedestrian canyon’s lush landscape supports Shenzhen’s “sponge city” requirements to absorb rain and prevent flooding.

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As one of the first developments within the recently created Qianhai district, the China Resources Qianhai Center supports a live-work environment to draw people to the neighborhood. The development also aims to project “a character of reserved elegance, quality, and permanence” to attract global finance companies, according to a press statement. As an example: The windows can open and close within the shadows of the building’s double-fin sunshades, reducing visual disruption and maintaining visual cohesion.

On the Building Team:
Owner/developer: China Resources Land Co., Ltd.
Design architects: Goettsch Partners and Benoy
Architect of record, MEP engineer of record, and structural engineer of record: Architectural Design and Research Institute of Guangdong
MEP design engineer: Meinhardt
Structural design engineer: WSP
Construction manager: China State Construction Engineering Corporation

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China Resources Qianhai Center, Planning Animation (c) Goettsch Partners from Goettsch Partners on Vimeo.

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11_China Resources Qianhai Center_Office Street View_(c) CreatAR

09_China Resources Qianhai Center-_Office Tower and Retail Canopy_(c) CreatAR

08_China Resources Qianhai Center_Internal Street_(c) CreatAR

06_China Resources Qianhai Center_Internal Street Entry_(c) CreatAR

04_China Resources Qianhai Center_Concept Diagram Animation_(c) Goettsch Partners.gif


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