Universiade Culture Park is a renovation project to transform a bunch of old factory buildings into a recreation centre for the 26th Summer Universiade 2011 in Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen is China's first Special Economic Zone with only 30-year history. Since it is a city of immigrants with diverse cultures, it becomes the youngest and the most vigour metropolitan in modern China.
The site, as part of the Universiade Green Park, is right beside the main stadium of Universiade Centre in suburb Longgang District and opposite to the Universiade Village. The buildings are also as a gateway from downtown Shenzhen to the Universiade Centre. All facades are united with 600mm-wide modular green strips. Green colours are inspired by the theme colour of Universiade 2011 which upholds the core value of the Universiade to promote Shenzhen’s youthfulness, creativity and harmony between man and nature.
Three green colours with various tones are selected carefully and arranged from dark to light vertically throughout all facades in order to merge into the surrounding green park. Bright orange and white squares scatter around the greens symbolizing one of the most popular local flowers Pyrostegiaignea. The renovated buildings, already well known as ‘The Greens’ by local residence, have been the landmark of Longgang district since its unique and dynamic colours.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Shenzhen, CN