Shenzhen’s Mawan Mile master plan will include a ‘boulevard in the sky’

HASSELL won a competition to design the new mixed-use district.

April 04, 2018 |

Courtesy of HASSELL

A new mixed-use master plan for Shenzhen’s Qianhai business district is designed to engage people, specifically the young, mobile residents of the area, to promote better health and social connection.

The competition-winning, HASSELL-designed project consists of four integrated layers: above and below ground neighborhood zones, a continuous park, a series of pavilion buildings, and a skydeck that weaves through it all. The mile-long skydeck, dubbed the ‘Boulevard in the sky,’ will connect the precinct’s buildings and park with surrounding buildings and the wider network of city streets. It will also be an uninterrupted cycling and jogging path to support exercise and wellbeing.


Mawan Mile sky boulevardCourtesy of HASSELL.


The neighborhood zones will comprise landscape infrastructure that encourages relaxation and social interactions. Gardens for relaxation, wet and dry play spaces for kids, group exercise areas, piazzas with cafes, and open venues for outdoor events and art installations are all included.

Below ground, a major entertainment precinct connects to multiple metro concourses. Sunken plazas feature semi-outdoor dining areas and market places.  Located at the southern end of the development is a new cultural district with three new pavilion buildings.


The Mawan MileCourtesy of HASSELL.


Mawan Mile Sky Boulevard Courtesy of HASSELL.

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