Richie Gelles

Richie Gelles

Austin, TX, US

Rail connections to the Qianhai District of Shenzhen, CN.
Rail connections to the Qianhai District of Shenzhen, CN.

前海水城 - Qianhai Water City


This short trailer is cut from a 10 minute presentation video I created for James Corner Field Operations. 'Qianhai Water City' was awarded First Prize in the International Competition for the Planning of the Qianhai Region of Shenzhen, beating out 10 other invited design teams including OMA/Rem Koolhaas, BLAU Architecture and Urbanism, Bjarke Ingles Group, SWA, and Nikken Sekke among others.

The project site includes 4,500 acres of reclaimed land surrounding Qianhai Harbor on the western coast of Shenzhen. Upon implementation, Qianhai is envisioned to be the financial, logistics and service hub of Shenzhen, and a major new urban center – a “Manhattan” -- in the Pearl River Delta mega-region, linking Hong Kong to Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The JCFO scheme envisions a new “Water City” for 1.5 million people. The design is dense, compact, mixed, sustainable and centered around the area’s most important resource – water.

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Status: Under Construction
Location: Shenzhen, CN

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