Qianhai Water City will be strategic new urban district
Hong Kong-based Morphis has won the design-led tender to be commissioned as the landscape architect for Shenzhen's new Qianhai Water City. The young practice was chosen by leading developer Kerry Properties, beating off stiff competition from big-name practices such as New York's James Corner Field Operations.
The 25 acre mixed-use development, located on Shenzhen’s west coast, is part of a major 15sq km strategic masterplan to create a new mixed-use urban quarter that takes its cue from its waterfront location. Shenzhen, immediately north of Hong Kong on the Chinese mainland, is one of the country's richest cities.
Responding to the announcement, Morphis partner Mark Blackwell said: ‘This is an exceptional opportunity to work on the strategically important Qianhai Water City to create inter-connected urban districts and parkland in this vibrant new city. Qianhai is positioning itself to offer cross-border collaboration with Hong Kong’s financial district in a sustainably led mixed-use context. Our vision celebrates a new lifestyle as a living system, through connections with nature, to explore and discover beyond boundaries.’
Earlier this year, Morphis also won Hong Kong's Kai Tak City public park contract, as reported here