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Grimshaw wins competition to design Shenzhen Airport East Integrated Transport Hub

The competition sought to find a design that created an integrated intermodal transport hub that could act as a new urban gateway.

May 27, 2021 |
Shenzhen Airport East Integrated Transport Hub exterior at sunset

Images courtesy Grimshaw

A multi-disciplinary design team led by Grimshaw, alongside Mott MacDonald, China Aviation Planning and Design Institute (AVIC CAPDI), and Beijing Urban Construction Design and Development Group (BJUCD) has been selected as the winner of a competition for Shenzhen Airport East Integrated Transport Hub.

The project will improve the journeys of thousands of daily commuters by providing easy transfers between high speed rail and other public transport modes. The hub will also provide connections and terminal facilities for passengers traveling to and from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport.

Passengers will enjoy grand arrival and departure experiences as they travel through the hub where flowing architectural forms and naturally daylight spaces will help to guide people on their journey’s through the interchange.


Shenzhen Airport East Integrated Transport Hub aerial


The design takes its inspiration from the Mangrove tree, which has special significance in Shenzhen and is one of the planet’s most effective carbon absorbers. The natural form of the tree’s diverse root eco-system inspired the journey passengers will take both above and below ground, landslide and airside.

“Not only does this have symbolic value as an important tree to Shenzhen, but it has led us to a solution for the building that is highly efficient. It will also be a wonderful place for people to occupy and travel through,” said Jolyon Brewis, Grimshaw Partner, in a release.

The project is designed to achieve LEED Platinum.

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