Project Background

Luohu District Culture Center, founded in December 1981, is the earliest district-level culture center in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. It organizes mass cultural activities in the urban area of Shenzhen and plays an important role in the development of mass culture in Shenzhen. Along with the development of the city, the existing Culture Center can no longer satisfy the increasing demands. To make up for the shortage in cultural facilities and improve the cultural and sports infrastructure, Luohu District decided to develop a new culture and art center on a new site and create a mixed-use cultural landmark integrating culture, art, museum, and other functions.


The Project is located in Liantang Sub-district, Luohu District, Shenzhen. Liantang Sub-district extends to the west mouth of Wutong Mountain Tunnel on the east, Luofang Road intersection on the west, Fairy Lake Botanical Garden on the north, and Liantang River, the boundary of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, on the south, adjacent to Ta Kwu Ling, New Territories, Hong Kong.

Liantang Sub-district is an important urban living area in Luohu District. With a low floor area ratio, it is known as the “Back Garden of Luohu”. It is home to various natural and cultural attractions, such as Wutong Mountain, Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, Hongfa Temple, Shenzhen Reservoir and etc.

Work Content

The Project is planned with a site area of 4,521.7 m2 and a GFA of about 32,000 m2, including 21,500 m2 above the ground and 10,500 m2 under the ground. The design contents of the Competition include the architectural conceptual design of the Culture and Art Center.

Registration Requirements

Qualification requirement: Class A or above design qualification in engineering design of building industry (construction engineering).

Consortium requirements:

Open registration is adopted worldwide for local and international design firms to participate.

The design firm shall provide the corporate registration certificate, design license certificate or relevant documents of the same effect.

Design firms headed by the same individual are not allowed to register for the Competition at the same time. The same restriction applies to design firms and those held or managed by them.

The Competition is open for registration of consortia (both local and international). The international design firm must register in the form of the consortium with local ones who hold Grade A or above Engineering Design Qualification for Building Industry (Construction Engineering). However, registration by individuals or teams of individuals is not acceptable. The leading design firm must hold Grade A or above Engineering Design Qualification for Building Industry (Construction Engineering).

Members of consortia should meet the following requirements:

Each consortium should have no more than two members. Members of a consortium are not allowed to register twice for the Competition in the name of another firm or via another consortium.

The members should sign a legally effective Consortium Agreement, and specify the leading party, the division of work between the members in each design stage, the proportion, and way of the distribution of the design fee, etc.

The design firm should assign a person who has directed multiple design projects of the same type as the chief designer of the Project. The chief designer must take charge of the main design work of the Project and attend important presentation meetings required by the Host. If the chief designer’s profile is found to be inconsistent with the one submitted for prequalification, the Host is entitled to disqualify the design firm involved from being shortlisted and winning the Competition, and hold such design firm responsible for corresponding legal liabilities.

The Project principal must hold a Grade I Registered Architect Certificate issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of PRC. In the case of a consortium, the principal shall be designated by the leading party.


The Competition will involve three stages: prequalification, schematic design, and contract award. Please see below for details.

Notes: All the time and dates are shown in Beijing Time. The Host reserves the right to adjust the timetable which is subject to the one announced on the website of Shenzhen Construction Engineering Trade Service Center.


With reference to the Charging Standards for Engineering Survey and Design (2002 Revision) jointly promulgated by the State Development Planning Commission and the Ministry of Construction, the design fee is tentatively determined at about RMB 7,697,400 yuan, while the construction contents, size, standards, total investment, and design fee, etc. shall be subject to the project approval documents.


The 1st place: the 1st place winner will be awarded the design contract.

The 2nd place (two winners): each will receive Renminbi Five Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥500,000.00).

The 4th-6th place: each will receive Renminbi Three Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥300,000.00).

Any applicant who intends to participate in this competition shall register first. If you want to know further details about this competition, please feel free to contact AIMIR.  What’s more, you’re more than welcome to touch base with us if you need architectural visualization. We are rather happy to assist you.

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