Grimshaw models Shenzhen airport transport hub on mangrove trees

Mangrove trees informed the design of the Shenzhen Airport East Integrated Transport Hub, which architecture firm Grimshaw has won a competition to build at an airport in China.

The intermodal transport hub will form part of Shenzhen Bao’an Airport and is hoped to become a landmark and gateway for the wider Greater Bay Area, which is home to nine cities.

Grimshaw’s design is characterised by sweeping columns and undulating forms and was modelled on mangrove trees in honour of their symbolic significance in Shenzhen.

According to the studio, it is also an attempt to replicate the highly efficient, natural forms of the tree species, which it describes as “one of the planet’s most effective carbon absorbers”.

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