Mecanoo designs 12 skyscrapers for new business district in Shenzhen

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has won a competition to masterplan a commercial district in Shenzhen, China, featuring 12 stepped skyscrapers built around a park featuring a raised path and pools.

Mecanoo’s masterplan will see the development of 1.36-million-square-metres of commercial facilities integrated with the public transport hub, Shenzhen North Station, which includes one of the city’s inter railway stations and metro station.

Called Shenzhen North Station business district, it comprises offices, retail space, apartments and a hotel in the 12 skyscrapers covered in a smart facade system of angled glazing that will respond to orientation.

The towers will range in height, varying from 278 to 428 metres, but feature a similar shape that tapers towards the top to maintain views and daylight.

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