Shenzhen New Marine City is one of the few potential urban areas in Shenzhen that bears the national strategy for incremental development after Qianhai was planned. It is located in the northwest of the Shenzhen Airport New Town. The site starts at the estuary of Maozhou River in the north, and the east part is in proximity to the International Exhibition Center. The south edge is close to the first phase of Bao’an comprehensive port area, and the west end is near Jiaoyi Sha. The planned area of Shenzhen New Marine City is about 7.44 km².

In order to deliver the strategic value, the organizer, Urban Planning, Land & Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality (Municipality Oceanic Administration of Shenzhen) and the co-organizer Shenzhen SEZ Construction and Development Group jointy launch an urban design competition for Shenzhen New Marine City. This open call aims guide the high-quality plannig and high-standard development of the area with international vision, prospective thinking and innovative design.

Work Content

In consideration of the strategic requirements of national, regional and municipal marine developments, the international urban design competition needs to establish a clear developmental vision and positioning based on local characteristics and international perspectives. It should offer a comprehensive solution that is both innovative and operable by considering from the perspectives of overall structural design and functional layout, green and eco-friendly design, open space design, overall spatial form and cityscape design, as well as the comprehensive traffic organization.

Scope of Research 


The international competition includes two phases, namely "request for prequalification and concept" and “request for design proposal”. See the following schedule for details:




Stage One

April 2, 2018

Release the official announcement and the design brief and hold the kickoff meeting

By 17:00 April 20, 2018

Submit the electronic registration documents and the Agreement of Design Consortium (if applicable)

By 17:00 May 4, 2018

Submit a full set of registration materials

May 11, 2018

The Expert Committee assesses the submissions of the registered design firms, and shortlists 6 design firms or consortiums.

Announce the shortlisted design teams and issue Invitation to Submit Final Design Proposals.

Stage Two

June 1, 2018

Organize a site visit and a design workshop to discuss the concepts and the design direction with the 6 shortlisted design teams

By 17:00 August 27, 2018

Submit the final design proposals

August 28, 2018

Hold the expert review for the final design proposals

End of the review meeting

Announce the competition result

Notes: All the time and dates are shown in Beijing Time. The organizers reserve the right to adjust the schedule.

Registration Requirements

The competition is open for registration by all international and domestic design firms or consortiums. Priority will be given to the design teams with the following project experiences:

1. International planning and design experiences on waterfront or coastal cities;

2. Comprehensive design and research capability and practical experiences of prominent urban areas;

3. Profound experiences in creating public landscape and environment;

4. Planning and design experiences of leading technological and industrial areas


The design proposals submitted by six shortlisted teams will be reviewed and ranked by the Expert Committee after the proposals are deemed as eligible. The winners of the first, second and third place will be paid ¥5,000,000, ¥2,400,000, and¥1,600,00 respectively. Each of the rest design firms or consortiums will be paid with¥1,200,000.

Urban Planning, Land & Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality (Oceanic Administration of Shenzhen Municipality)

Urban Planning, Land & Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality (Oceanic Administration of Shenzhen Municipality)

Shenzhen SEZ Construction and Development Group CO., LTD.

Technical Support:
Urban Planning & Design Institute of Shenzhen

Organizing Consultant: 
Shenzhen Center for Design (Shenzhen Public Art Center)