1.1 Project Name: International Competition for the Landmark Design of Qianhai New City Center

1.2 Project location: the landmark is proposed to be located in the northwest coastal area of 01, Unit 17, Qianhai Mawan Area, Shenzhen.

1.3 Competition Purpose

As the fourth great bay area in the world, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is an important spatial carrier for China to build world-class city group and engage with the world. In accordance with the requirements of "relying on Hongkong, serving the mainland and facing the world", Qianhai has undertaken a number of national strategic goals that include these four major national strategic missions-Free Trade Zone, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Cooperation, One Belt One Road and Innovation-driven Development. It is the Special Zone in Special Zones. With the official launch of the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, it is of great significance to build a world landmark which represents the image of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and promotes the spirit of the special zone.

According to the work arrangement of Shenzhen Municipal Government, the International Competition for the Landmark Design of Qianhai New City Center is officially launched. We sincerely invite excellent designers and professional teams from home and abroad to participate in the competition, hoping to collect the most creative design scheme with international view and create a new logo for the new city center of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area with a high standard and starting point.

Work Content

Design Scope

(1)The design area is 8 hectares, including 3.2 hectares of sea area and 4.8 hectares of land area. The specific location of the landmark shall be proposed by the designer.

(2)Coordination area is 38.8 hectares. Overall consideration is given to the spatial relationship between the landmark and the coastal ecological parks in the east and south, and integrated consideration is given to the functions, landscape, facilities, slow traffic system, forms and surrounding municipal conditions of the landmark and its surrounding areas. Combined with the existing planning and project plan of the adjacent plots (passenger terminal or the other public facilities), relevant planning suggestions are put forward to meet the needs of a world-class new landmark in the bay area.

The Location of Qianhai in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

The Location of Future Landmark for the New Qianhai City Center-The Plan of New Qianhai City Center

Design Scope and Research Scope


The competition consists of two stages: Stage 1 - invitation + open registration and prequalification; Stage 2 - proposal preparation and review.

Stage 1 – Invitation + Open Registration and Prequalification

Through invitation + open registration, this competition is open to the world collecting ideas. 5 domestic and foreign top design companies, art masters and other professional teams are invited to participate. Meanwhile, an announcement is made on well-known websites, newspapers, magazines, multimedia, famous universities and other channels all over the world, collecting ideas and scheme designs from professional individuals or design firms. Through prequalification, 10 more competitors will be selected from the open applicants to participate in the competition. Open registration needs to submit registration document and conceptual proposal. Please see further details from the Competition Document.

The 5 invited competitors have been selected though a jury meeting, and the name list is as follows(in alphabetical order):

  1. Foster + Partners Limited
  2. MVRDV B. V.+Studio Other Spaces GmbH(艺术家奥拉维尔·埃利亚松事务所)
  3. Snøhetta(斯诺赫塔事务所)+伍韶劲(Kingsley Ng)
  4. 株式会社藤本壮介建筑设计事务所(Sou Fujimoto Architects Inc.)
  5. 朱锫建筑设计咨询(北京)有限公司(Studio Zhu-Pei)+徐冰(Xu Bing)

 Stage 2 - Proposal Preparation and Review

The competitors shall submit the deliverables in accordance with the Design Brief. All deliverables will be reviewed by the jury. The jury will make an open vote in rounds. An independent voting will be held after much discussion by the experts. Two candidates for the first prize will be selected after rounds of voting, and the first prize winner and the second prize winner will be selected by the host. In addition, the jury will select 2 third prize winners and 3 excellent prize winners.

Competition Schedule

March 29th2019Issue the official announcement and accept registration

April 19th2019TentativeQ&A Meeting

Before 15:00, May 15th, 2019 :Deadline for submission of registration documents

May 20th, 2019(Tentative):Prequalification to select 10 shortlisted competitors from the open applicants basing on their registration materials and conceptual proposal

May 31st, 2019(Tentative):Notification of the shortlist of open applicants

June 6th,  2019 (Tentative):Site visit /Q&A and kick-off meeting

Before 15:00, July 25th,  2019 :Deadline for deliverables

All the time is subject to Beijing time. The hosts reserve the right to adjust the schedule.


First prize (1 or none): (if any) RMB 3 million (about $450,000). If it is decided to award the contract for further design, the bonus shall be deducted from the design fee;

Second prize (1 or 2): RMB 2 million (about $ 300,000);

Third prize (2): RMB 1.5 million (about $ 200,000) each;

Excellent prize (3): RMB 1 million (about $150,000) each.


If the open shortlisted competitors submit qualified deliverables but fail to win the prize, each will receive a compensation of RMB 400,000.

You can take bonus or compensation, whichever is higher. No compensation will be given to the participants who submit unqualified deliverables.

Information about the competition can be found at the following websites/Wechat Subscriptions:






Authority of Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen

Shenzhen Bureau of Urban Planning and Natural Resources


Authority of Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen

Shenzhen Bureau of Urban Planning and Natural Resources


Shenzhen Qianhai Shekou Free Trade Investment Development Co. Ltd.

Contacts: Ms Gong

Tel.: 0755-88271330,86-18028723613

E-mailgongyinjia@cmhk.com, competition@ehow.net.cn

Address: 20th floor, Marine Center, No. 59 Linhai Avenue, Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Cooperation Zone, Shenzhen

Zip code: 518000