Announcement of the International Consultation on the Conceptual Design of Yingbin Pedestrian Bridge in the Riverside Area

Announcement of the International Consultation on the Conceptual Design of Yingbin Pedestrian Bridge in the Riverside Area

Project Overview

1.1 Project Background

Since early 2019, Dongguan Municipal Government has comprehensively promoted the planning and construction of “One Core, Two Axes, Three Areas” in the central city with an aim to build a demonstrative benchmark of “thriving Dongguan, a pearl in the Greater Bay Area”, and established the development blueprint of “halving Dongguan in mountains and waters, a wonderland in the vein of three rivers” centering on the strategy of “Landscape City”. Among other things, the riverside area, as the main carrying space of the “water” strategy of central urban area in Dongguan, is the bridgehead of the connection between the central urban area and the waterside, and plays a big role in the citywide development in terms of historical and cultural inheritance, the mining of its waterfront ecological value, and the shaping of its livable living environment. It is the section with the most abundant coastal water resources, the most mature development conditions, the largest potential for stock renewal and the most essential historical characteristics in the Dongjiang River basin. It is also the area sprawling in the most extensive domain, involving most towns and streets and facing the most complex situation in the strengthening of the central city. The Construction Headquarters of Dongguan Central Area, adhering to the working concept of “clustering, city-town co-building and city operation”, and taking “systematic planning and high-standard construction” as its working goal, in a high-level and all-round way, promotes the construction of waterfronts in the riverside area, as well as the construction of public cultural products, historical and cultural activation and utilization, transportation infrastructure construction, land development and utilization, and more.

With the long-term development practice, there are still some problems to be solved with the riverside area, such as transportation, which, due to large spacing between cross-river bridges and all are bridges for vehicular circulation, leads to cross-river traffic block, certain isolation of functional connection, traffic organization, cross-coast interaction of waterfronts and connection of cross-coast backlands, and poor pedestrian accessibility, all of which have major impact on functional layout, traffic connection, livable quality in the area.

The action initiative for building four cross-river pedestrian bridges is respectively proposed in the Conceptual Design of Waterfront Demonstration Section of the Waterside Area, the Comprehensive Transport Planning on the Riverside Area and the Special Research on the Control of Urban Space Forms and Urban Design of Waterfront Demonstration Section in the Riverside Area, in order to effectively enhance the seamlessness of traffic functionality and accessibility through the construction of these cross-river pedestrian bridges in waterfronts in the riverside area, improve the slow traffic system of the areas, strengthen the slow traffic accessibility on both coasts along the riverside, drive the high-quality construction of the backlands, and form a strong attraction, so as to promote the city image and comprehensive competitiveness of Dongguan.

Based on this context, the Construction Headquarters of Dongguan Central Area clearly proposed the related work requirements of commencing the construction of the first cross-river pedestrian bridge at the 4th Work Meeting. This international consultation on the conceptual design of the first cross-river pedestrian bridge (Provisionally named “Yingbin Pedestrian Bridge”) in the riverside area is initiated by the Construction Headquarters of Dongguan Central Area, the Organizer, with a view to promote the high-level planning and construction in the riverside area, help build high-quality urban environment and city image of the historical and cultural recreational resorts there, establish the brand of charming waterfront city, and participate in the competition and cooperation in the Greater Bay Area as a waterfront city.

1.2 Project Location

The riverside area is located in the northwest of the central area of Dongguan City, where it is a main urban waterfront space relying on the southern tributary of Dongjiang River and its three branches and three water systems of Zhongtang Waterway, Fenxi River, and Dongguan Waterway. Along these three water channels it starts from Guangzhou-Kowloon Railway in the east, and ends on the west ring road, covering the key urban functional nodes, waterfront open spaces and the areas to be constructed in short term along the waterfront. The total planning area is 48.7 square kilometers, involving five towns and sub-districts (Guancheng, Dongcheng, Wanjiang, Gaobu and Shijie), including a total length of about 35 kilometers with the three water systems, and the shoreline of about 70 kilometers.

Planning Scope of the Riverside Area

The demonstration section in the waterside area refers to the section between Lichuan Bridge and Oversize Bridge over the Dongguan Waterway, with the span of about 17km, where it is bestowed with the best geographical condition, most mature development foundation, and the most concentrated historical and cultural resources in the waterside area, having potentials and conditions for early pilot, recent boom and construction of a demonstration and essence section. So far, the first phase of the waterfront demonstration section has been officially opened on May 1, 2021, with good feedback and high recognition from the public.

Yingbin Pedestrian Bridge is intended to be located in the scope of the second phase construction of the waterfront demonstration section. It is a sightseeing pedestrian bridge connecting both waterfronts across Dongguan Waterway, and also the first cross-river sightseeing pedestrian bridge launched in the riverside area.

Selected Site of Yingbin Pedestrian Bridge


1.3 Purpose

This international consultation aims to invite well-known design teams at home and abroad to carry out the international brainstorming for the conceptual design of Yingbin Pedestrian Bridge in the waterside area with an international vision, forward-looking thinking and innovative outcome. The design scheme should not only respect the local culture and the spirit of place, but also integrate the international concepts and modern design techniques to the extent reflecting the concept of ecological civilization in the new era, giving full consideration to nature, landscape and art, to show the cityscape of high-quality historical and cultural recreational resort and charming waterfront space of Dongguan in the Greater Bay Area. The results of this international consultation will serve as the main basis for the follow-up bridge construction.

Scope of Design

The scope of this international solicitation includes two levels: Scope of Planning Research and Scope of Conceptual Design.

)Scope of Planning Research

The scope of planning research should include the shoreline (total length of 7km) of the section between Quhai Bridge and Wanjiang Bridge over Dongguan Waterway and waterfront backland space on both waterfronts. The key projects in the research scope include Phase II of Waterfront Demonstration Section, Riverfront Sports Park, Chow Cultural and Creative Industrial Park, Gongnong No. 8, Xia Ba Fang, Keyuan, Jin’aozhou Tower, Jinao Square, Jintai Industrial Park, San Jie Fang, Granary, Arcade Street, etc.

Scope of Planning Research of Yingbin Pedestrian Bridge


2)Scope of Conceptual Design

The design should include schematic design of the bridge and space design of the nodes in bridge approaching area. The position and the range of approaching area of the bridge shown in the above figure are all schematic range (not within the range of the red lines). The specific position, plane lines and position of approaching points should be considered and proposed based on the requirements on surrounding land conditions, watercourse navigation and flood control. There is no limitation on the plane lines of the bridge.

The bridge design should properly deal with the coordination and connection in the near- and long-term. One is to put forward a detailed plan for the approaching area that is implementable in the near term, and the other is to put forward a technical solution for the long-term connection with the surrounding backland. Among other things, the implementable approaching areas in the near term are the south Riverside Sports Park section, the north waterfront and Wanjiang Dragon Boat Race Theme Park; the long-term connection areas are the parking lot of the south Riverside Sports Park and Quhai Community plot in the north waterfront.

Scope of Conceptual Design

Fig. 1: Current Status of the Conceptual Design Scope

Fig. 2: Current Status of the Conceptual Design Scope


Working Rules

3.1 Organization

1)Prequalification: The registration announcement, working rules and design brief (announced version) of the International Consultation will be published to solicit design teams (including consortiums) globally. A prequalification committee will be set up to review the registration documents submitted by applicants, and 4 teams will be shortlisted to issue the Invitation to Draft the Concept Scheme (at the same time, 2 alternatives will be selected; in case any invited team quits, they can take its place in order).
2)Site visit & Q&A: A site visit will be organized for the invited firms and a Q&A session will be held, which will be subject to the epidemic situation.
3)Design review: Experts in areas of landscape, architecture, structure and urban planning, etc., will be invited to constitute the review committee. With full discussion, the review committee will select 2 recommended schemes to the Organizer for final selection, after reading the design brochures, watching multi-media demonstration and listening to presentation and clarification by principal designers.
4)Bid finalization: A bid finalization committee will be set up to determine the final ranking of 2 recommended schemes based on the experts’ review comments, and the first prize will be the winning bid.

3.2 Schedule (Provisional)

Note: The timetable above is applied in Beijing Time. The Organizer reserve the right to amend the agenda.

Awards & Related Fees

Design fees of this International Consultation include design compensation, bonus and fee of design integration, with a total sum of RMB Two Million One Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥2,100,000.00). The details are as follows:

4.1 Design Compensation

The design team with the Invitation to Draft the Concept Scheme, can receive the design compensation of RMB Two Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥200,000.00) (tax included), provided the submittals meet requirements set in the Design Brief and is evaluated by the review committee as qualified.

4.2 Bonus

After the experts’ review and final selection on the submittals, the first-prize winner can receive fees of RMB Eight Hundred Thousand Yuan¥800,000.00 (about US$124,000) (tax included) (including the bonus of RMB Three Hundred Thousand Yuan ¥300,000.00 (about US$46,475) and fee of design integration of RMB Five Hundred Thousand Yuan ¥500,000.00 (about US$77,450)). The second-prize winner can receive a bonus of RMB Three Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥300,000.00) (about US$46,475) (tax included). And for the third and forth place, each of them can receive a bonus of RMB One Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥100,000.00) (about US$15,490) (tax included).

If the first-prize winner gives up the design integration task, it can’t get the fee of design integration of RMB Five Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥500,000.00) (about US$77,450), and the other invited teams will replace it in order, that is, the substitute will take over the design integration task and get the fee of design integration.

*When applying for relevant fees, design teams shall provide equivalent valid VAT special invoice of PRC with the tax rate not lower than 6%; if the tax rate is lower than 6%, it will be paid after deducting the tax difference.

5. Registration Requirements
1)This is an internationally open consultation and consortiums are accepted. Meanwhile, qualification is not required.
2)Registration submitted by an individual or a team of individuals is not accepted.
3)Domestic design firms within the Chinese territory shall be independent legal entities with valid business license or other organizational qualifications of PRC. Overseas design firms shall be independent legal entities, which are legally registered in the country where they operate. Legal entities (two or more) with the same legal representative, the parent company, sole subsidiary and holding company are not allowed to participate in the competition separately.
4)The designer-in-chief shall be a senior designer at the level of director or partner of the company, who must be responsible for key design works of this project, as well as important briefing meetings required by the Organizer, which will include the site visit & Q&A session and final design review presentation, and the designer-in-chief shall attend the latter presentation in person.
5)The design team shall include designers with professional background in bridge structure, landscape, architecture and urban planning, etc., or with corresponding project experience.

6. Registration

Design teams that are interested in applying for this International Consultation please visit the website: to fill in the registration information for online registration before 15:00, Oct. 18, 2021,and submit the printed registration documents and their electronic version before 18:00, Oct. 19, 2021.

Registration Documents include the printed registration documents(incl. 2 original copies and 8 duplicate copies) and their electronic version (with scanned copies of the original and duplicate bearing company seal, and in duplicable Word or PDF format; two copies in CD or USB flash drive). They shall be mailed to the Service Provider before 18:00, Oct. 19, 2021 (Add: Room D, Floor 6, Block B, Building 10, XingfuHai’an Complex, Luotian Road, Bao’an District, Shenzhen Municipality, Guangdong Province, PRC; addressee: Mr. Zhang; Tel: +86 136 3160 0111).


The announcement is published on AIMIR’s website now. If you want to know more following details regarding to 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.

Key Factors to the Price of an Interior 3D Rendering: All You Need to Know

Key Factors to the Price of an Interior 3D Rendering: All You Need to Know

At AIMIR, the price of a 3D rendering is fixed in a range, which varies depending on the workload.However, there are occasions where extra charges occur. If you are looking for ArchViz service, price should be one of the most concerning issues to you. Today, we are here to list the situations AIMIR have confronted where you need to pay extra for your interior renderings. Hope it helps with your future projects.

Basically, the price of an interior rendering is determined in the quotation phase and may change during the production (when the design changes). Let’s follow the chronological order and start from the quotation phase.



An interior project can be categorized by aspects such as Project Type, Size of Space, Floor, FF&E Customization, File Completeness, Design Style, and Veracity Requirement. Please note the following aspects are listed for general reference only. Exceptions do apply.

A. Project Type

It is very clear that more workload is needed for a public building (e.g. an airport terminal building’s interior) than a residential one (e.g. a bedroom). With 16 years architectural visualization experience, we’ve summarized the workload from light to heavy for various types of projects:

  • Residential, such as interiors for houses, apartments, and dormitories, including front door, living room, dining space, den, working space, bedroom, kitchen, toilet, and bathing room. Workload: it depends but mainly around ★ to ★★
  • Public:
  1. Educational, such as interiors for kindergartens, schools, and libraries, including lobby, corridor, atrium, classroom and more. Workload: ★
  2. Medical, such as interiors for hospitals, rehabs and nursing houses, including examining room, surgery room, and ward. Workload: ★
  3. Office, such as office rooms and meeting rooms. Workload: ★☆
  4. Commercial, such as shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas and more. Workload: ★★
  5. Exhibition, such as museums, aquariums, and exhibition centers, including exhibition space, gallery and more. Workload: ★★
  6. Amusement, such as casinos, KTVs, bars, clubs, ballrooms and more. Workload: ★★☆
  7. Sports center, such as stadiums, swimming pools, boxing clubs, and fitness centers, including various spaces for sports games and amenities. Workload: ★★★
  8. Transport, such as coach transiting centers, train stations, ports, and airport terminal buildings. Workload: ★★★

B. Size of Space

As to the space, larger space needs more workload than smaller one. For instance, the workload for a kitchen is lighter than a restaurant, and more workload is needed for a museum.

C. Floor

When we say residential is relatively easier than commercial, we are taking the floors into consideration. The interior rendering for an apartment obviously requires less work than for a 3-story shopping mall.

D. FF&E Customization

It matters a great deal. Whether you’d like to have the Furniture, Fixture or Equipment tailored will affect the price of an interior rendering. Sometimes, designers who are after extreme veracity would ask for customization, which in turn, results in raise in cost. However, you can choose from our library if you’d like to avoid this.

E. File Completeness

It is understandable that the file is not complete when the project starts. But we do need complete file especially the model to start the project, to avoid possible back-and-forth. The price of a 3D rendering is determined by if complete file is received, or only CAD plans are provided, or only sketches or references are available (which AIMIR is good at. Please see From Hand Sketches to Renderings).

F. Design Style

Maybe you haven’t thought about it, but the design style does affect the workload of an interior rendering. Contemporary, traditional, rustic farmhouse, coastal, French country, Scandinavian…They can be functional, classy, and stylish, but when it comes to workload, they are not just a consistent theme.

The workload of Minimalist is lighter than Art Deco, apparently. It also has something to do with the FF&E customization as mentioned in section D.

G. Veracity Requirement

This is super easy to understand: the more detailed and realistic the scene is, the more workload is needed. But please keep in mind, AIMIR is famous for its photo-realistic architectural visualization. So, the quality is surely guaranteed, and we’re talking about the additional requirement here.



Any adjustment or change of the design is accepted during the production, although some of them may generate expenses. Of course, the additional cost depends on the extra workload. Please refer to the following occasions on possible additional cost:

A. About FF&E.

Additional fee occurs during the production when high demand in FF&E customization is necessary in order to cater for agreed image quality, but no FF&E customization is included in the contract per clients’ request in the first place.

In this case, no additional charge is applied for simple and basic FF&E modeling. But we charge extra for complicated and substantial FF&E customization. A prior notice and negotiation are conducted in advance to make sure both sides are on the same page.

B. In case of same camera angle with different designs.

In this case, the extra fee is determined by specific requirements of each design. Theoretically, the additional cost is affected by the following two aspects:

  • The area being modified: the larger the size is the more workload is needed;
  • The aspect being modified, following the workload from light to heavy, which normally are: texture only; model only; texture & model; texture, model, and layout.

C. When the design is constantly changing.

This is the last situation both our 3D team and architect/designer want to see. However, it is not uncommon. We understand the design change is inevitable sometimes, and the ultimate merit of architectural visualization lies in here: visualizing designs before they’re completed. However, major design change may greatly increase the workload, sometimes even equals reworking a new image.

Even AIMIR is willing to accept simple and minor revisions but this doesn’t mean unlimited requests are reasonable and accepted. It usually happens at the concept design stage of the project or architect is not very certain about the design or there has no complete consensus between owner and designer with the final design. What should AIMIR and client do then? Absolutely it’s not our intention to charge extra fees, instead we are happy to provide 3-5 rounds of free modifications and kindly remind you to give us finalized feedback to return to the right track, we can on hold the project and wait patiently until you are ready to continue.

D. Radical change of camera angles.

There is a basic principle in 3D rendering industry, that where cannot be seen will not be modeled. In other words, 3D model work is done based on the confirmed view angles. If it is a small adjustment like moving the camera a little bit, AIMIR is happy to do it.

If radical change of the view angle is inevitable, it will generate extra charge. For example, a 180-degree rotation will greatly increase the modeling workload.

E. Change after signing the Final Image Confirmation Letter.

AIMIR respects all our clients’ opinions and is willing to make any accepted reasonable alterations before confirming the final image in order to produce high-quality renderings for you. However, once the Final Image Confirmation Letter is signed, any change/adjustment/modification will occur extra cost. Because the signed letter refers to the drafts of final images are deemed to have met your requirements, and you’re satisfied with the quality of AIMIR renderings, no additional revisions will be raised basically.

But, if any changes are indeed inevitable, AIMIR is willing to check out and help within our scope of acceptance, or we will consult with you first for the potential fees according to the actual increased workload.

F. Canceling view(s) after the work’s done.

Canceling views isn’t a wise decision when we have reached an agreement. What has done cannot be undone. Thus, the workload that has been done of the canceled view will still be charged. In addition, as quantity is an important factor in our quote, we may have to adjust our price based on the new number of views in some cases.


Once you’ve taken the above factors into consideration before going into the 3D rendering production, you’re on the journey of a good interior rendering already. To streamline your rendering cooperation and avoid additional cost, please feel free to contact our architectural visualization studio now!

The Announcement for International Competition of Urban Design and Architectural Conceptual Design of Core Area in Haizhu Innovation Bay Gateway Hub

1. Project Overview

1.1 Competition name: International Competition of Urban Design and Architectural Conceptual Design of Core Area in Haizhu Innovation Bay Gateway Hub

1.2 Competition number:JCZB-J-20210801

1.3 Project location

This project is located in the south of Haizhu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province. The research area extends to Guangzhou Dadao in the east, Zhujiang River rear channel in the south, Daganwei Industrial Zone in the west and Nanzhou Road in the north.

1.4 Project background

As the core engine city for the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guangzhou bears the burden of leading and radiating the development of surrounding regions. According to Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development and Vision 2035 of Haizhu District of Guangzhou, during the 14th Five-Year Plan period, Haizhu District will gradually build a dynamic, attractive and competitive digital eco-city by taking artificial intelligence and digital economy, as well as urban renewal as the “twin engines”.

Under the important plan of Haizhu District“One District One Valley One Bay”, Innovation Bay,which occupies the golden section of the 20 km coastline of Zhujiang River rear channel, and sits at the intersection of Guangzhou city central axis and Zhujiang River rear channel waterfront innovation industrial zone, enjoys the golden waterfront shoreline resources in the center of Guangzhou. In the future, it will integrate landscape resources along the river, optimize the waterway planning of Zhujiang River rear channel, build high-quality ecological culture and tourism shoreline, and create a service economic value enhancement belt integrating cultural creativity, urban tourism, artificial intelligence, headquarters innovation and office industries, and form a waterfront innovation corridor.

Taking the construction of Haizhu Bay Tunnel project as an opportunity, in order to further drive the industrial of Haizhu District upgrading and transformation, optimize the regional transportation of Haizhu Innovation Bay Gateway Hub area, improve the waterfront landscape of Zhujiang River rear channel, and build an important gateway area with the strongest business development potential and foreign industrial radiation in Haizhu District, Guangzhou Communications Investment Group Co., Ltd. plans to hold the International Competition of Urban Design and Architectural Conceptual Design of Core Area Gateway Hub In in Haizhu Innovation Bay Gateway Hub (hereinafter referred to as the “Competition”).

2. Working range and competition content

The tasks of this competition include three levels of content: firstly, overall research area; secondly, urban design area; thirdly, architectural conceptual design area.

2.1 Overall research area

The overall research area extends to Guangzhou Dadao in the east, Zhujiang River rear channel in the south, Daganwei Industrial Zone in the west, and Nanzhou Road in the north,which includes Haizhu Intercity Bus Terminal and Nanzhou Public Transport Hub area, as well as Sanjiao interchange and surrounding area, with a total land area of about 144.4 hectares. The overall research plan should focus on the overall positioning, functional layout, planning structure, transportation system, landscape system, skyline, etc.

2.2 Urban design area

The urban design scope consists of Daganwei area, Sanjiao interchange area, Haizhu Intercity Bus Terminal and Nanzhou Public Transport Hub area, with a total land area of about 74.2 hectares. The urban design plan should focus on the overall spatial form of the area, traffic organization, important landscape node design, business planning, etc.

2.3 Architectural conceptual design area

2.3.1 Daganwei architectural conceptual design area

Daganwei architectural conceptual design area covers an area of 9.1 hectares. Based on the integrated development of tunnel overcover and the urban design of surrounding areas, the architectural conceptual plan should refer to the main building plan, elevation and section, important node space and underground space.

2.3.2 Architectural conceptual design area of Haizhu Intercity Bus Terminal and Nanzhou Public Transport Hub

Architectural conceptual design area of Haizhu Intercity Bus Terminal and Nanzhou Public Transport Hub covers an area of 4.5 hectares. On the basis of building Nanzhou Public Transport Hub, the project should focus on the transfer organization and the corresponding hub space (including bus transfer in the bus station) of Line 2 and Guang-Fo Line .

3. Competition method

3.1 Competition form
The competition information is announced on the website of China Tendering and Bidding Public Service Platform (, Guangzhou Public Resources Trading Center (, ABBS Architectural Forum (, and the Special Platform for Procurement and Bidding – Yangguang Yicai ( to accept public design organization applications from domestic and overseas.

3.1.1 Competition scheme collection and selection stage
The competition organizer organizes the experts to establish a review committee to select no more than 6 design organizations from the design organization applicants that meet the competition qualification requirements to enter the next stage of competition scheme selection (refer to the Collection Document for details).Select the alternate design organizations ranking No. 7-9 as candidates. If there are less than 6 design organizations that meet the requirements of competition qualification, the competition sponsor may decide to extend the registration time or reorganize the registration according to the project situation; If any design organizations give up the shortlisted qualification for some reason after the shortlisted institutions confirmed and before the release of the competition documents, their competition shall be replaced in turn among the alternate design organizations until 6 are supplemented. The competition co-sponsor will send formal invitation letter to the shortlisted design organizations after the competition sponsor confirms the selection results. The competition schemes submitted by other design organizations that are not formally invited will not be accepted.

3.1.2 Competition scheme selection method
The competition sponsor commission the organizers to organize experts to review the validity of the formal design results submitted by the 6 selected design organizations according to the provisions of the competition documents. After passing the validity review, the scheme review committee composed of experts will evaluate the schemes and vote on the design organizations that pass the validity review by open ballot, and finally select 3 design organizations as the winning schemes and form the Scheme Review Report. The competition co-sponsor shall set up a calibration committee that hold a bid selection meeting. The scheme review committee shall recommend the 3 winning schemes to the bid selection committee as candidates.

The calibration committee will review the bid candidates according to the regulations of the competition documents, recommend the winning bidders according to the evaluation ranking and issue the Bidding Report, and request the competition sponsor to review and confirm the winning bid result. The design organization that has won the bid will participate in the deepening design (the content is subject to the Deepening Design Task Description ).

3.2 Competition expense compensation method
The competition sponsor commission the organizer to organize experts to review the validity of the official design results submitted by the selected design organizations in accordance with the competition documents. The design organizations that pass the validity review will be compensated for the cost, and the 3 design organizations that are selected as the winning schemes will be awarded additional prize. Design organizations that fail to pass the validity review will not receive any fee such as cost compensation or additional prize.

Design organizations that pass the validity review will each receive a cost compensation fee of 1.5 million RMB (including all fees such as tax, design results use fee, design fee, intellectual property fee, etc.), while those that fail the validity review will not receive the cost compensation.

The scheme review committee is responsible for reviewing the design results that have passed the validity review, then selects and recommends 3 winning schemes. The winning scheme will receive an additional prize of RMB 1 million (including all costs such as tax, design scheme use fee, design fee, intellectual property fee, etc.).

Selected scheme design organization will participate in the deepening design (the content is subject to the Deepening Design Task Description). And the deepening design fee is 3 million yuan (including but not limited to design results using cost, competition design cost, any document cost, design research expenses, travel expenses incurred by cooperating with the competition organizers to hold relevant project communication meetings, etc.).

As the prize of this competition will be paid in RMB, if the participating design organization that receive one or more of the cost compensation, additional prize and deepening design fee is a consortium, it should provide the domestic compliant VAT invoice in accordance with the requirements of the competition co-sponsor. The competition co-sponsor will pay one or more of the cost compensation, additional prize and deepening design fee to the Chinese side account of the consortium fully, which will be redistributed by the Chinese side of the consortium in accordance with the proportion stipulated in the Agreement of Consortium Participating in the Competition. The competition co-sponsor will not pay any additional fees to the consortium members.

All the Copyrights of the design schemes and results that have passed the validity examination and obtained the cost compensation are owned by the competition sponsor Guangzhou Communications Investment Group Co., LTD. A design organization that submits a valid Application Registration Form for the competition in accordance with the requirements of the competition shall be deemed to agree to this clause.

4. Competition schedule

4.1 The date of notification releasing of international competition and start to accept registration from global design organizations: from 17 (date) , September to 8 (date) October 2021(9:00 a.m.-12:00, p.m. 14:00-17:00).

4.2 The deadline for submission of application document:17:00 on 9 October 2021.

4.3 Assessment of Prequalification Stage: Early October, 2021.

4.4 Notification of Prequalification Design organizations: Early October, 2021.

4.5 Official release of competition documents, organize shortlisted design organizations to participate in the competition documents answering meeting: mid October, 2021.

4.6 The design time of competition scheme: from mid October, 2021 to late December, 2021 (About 75 days) .

4.7 Design Results evaluation: Each shortlisted design organization shall deliver the final results of the competition to the designated place in late December, 2021 (the specific time and place shall be subject to the written or email notification by the competition organizer).

4.8 Announcement of the winning plan stage: The winning unit will be announced in late December, 2021.

Note: All times are based on Beijing time. The sponsor, co-sponsor and organizer of the competition reserves the right to adjust the schedule.

5. Competition Registration

5.1 Registration Qualification Required

5.1.1The design organization applicants from domestic shall have the independent legal person qualification, and provide business license , not being ordered to close or being repealed. The design organization applicants from overseas must be a legally registered design institution in the place where it is located, and provide a valid commercial registration certificate. If the person in charge of the company is the same person or different companies with holding or management relationship, it’s forbidden to sign up for the competition project at the same time. (Note: LOCATION refers to the main place where companies, enterprises or commercial institutions are registered to operate business or set up offices according to law)
5.1.2 The design organization applicant(each member of the consortium) must have the following qualifications requirements at the same time: The design organization applicants from domestic must have the following two qualificaiton:(1) Grade A qualification for professional design in the construction industry (construction engineering) (2) Grade B and above qualification for urban and rural planning preparation. If the design organization is an overseas design institution, it shall provide the design license certificate issued by the competent government department or relevant industry organization in the country or region where it is located, and form a consortium with domestic qualified design institutions to participate in the competition.Copies of relevant qualification documents and official seal should be provided. Prior to the issuance of the new regulations on the administration of the qualifications of planning formulation units, the validity period of the qualification of urban and rural planning formulation is not required temporarily, taking the original planning qualification as a reference.

5.1.3 Personal registration is not accepted in this competition.

5.1.4 The design organization applicant shall have the relevant achievements of urban design or architectural design projects of TOD comprehensive development and traffic cover project development in urban area from January 1, 2016 to the deadline of registration (The copy of contract and other supporting documents shall be provided. For the past performance undertaken by a consortium, relevant materials shall be provided to prove that the working contents undertaken by the company in the project meets the requirements of this item. The performance calculation time shall be subject to the contract signing time.)

5.1.5 The design team assigned by the registered design agency must have personnel with transportation professional background. If the design team is not equipped with personnel with transportation professional background, the transportation consulting team must be invited (personnel with transportation professional background shall provide corresponding professional background supporting documents, including but not limited to academic certificate and transportation related professional title certificate, and provide copies of award certificates or relevant performance certificates and affix the company’s official seal)

5.1.6 The General Project Leader must directly participate in the whole process of design activity,and personally attend the competition site to report the plan at least 4 times(If unable to attend due to the epidemic, video report can be adopted).The design organization applicant shall ensure the General Project Leader and main designers always participate in design that shall not be replaced midway. If the design organization applicant is a consortium, the general leader of the project must be the member of consortium leader.(Note: if the design organization applicant is a consortium, the consortium leader shall bear the main responsibility for the competition and fulfill the obligations of organization, management, communication and coordination within the consortium.)

5.1.7 In order to ensure that the project designers have an accurate understanding of the Chinese background and relevant requirements, the overseas design organization must have at least one person familiar with Chinese.

5.1.8 The design organization applicant should not be included in the record list of “Record list of persons subject to enforcement for Trust-breaking or parties involved in major tax violation cases or Enterprise Abnormal Business Operation” on the website of “Credit China” (; “list of abnormal operation” and “list of serious illegal and dishonest enterprises (blacklist)” of the “national enterprise credit information publicity system” (www.gsxt.;should not be in the period when being prohibited from participating in government procurement activities as listed in the “Information Record of serious illegal and Trust-breaking Behaviors in government procurement” of the Chinese government Procurement website ( the above shall provide the screenshot and printed copy of the query results affixed with official seal.
5.1.9 The application by the consortium is accepted in the competition. The number of organizations constituting the consortium shall not exceed 3. The consortium shall submit the Agreement of Consortium Participating in the Competition as required (each member of the consortium shall affix the official seal of the corresponding entity; if the overseas design organization has no seal, it can be signed by its legal representative or legal authorized representative).

Note: For detailed information, please refer to Annex 3: Collection Document, Annex 2. Composition of The Application Documents, Annex 3-1 Qualification Form, Annex 3-2 Selection Factors.

5.2 Registration Method

5.2.1 Registration method: design organizations that meet the registration requirements shall register online at (special platform for Chinese Yang Guang procurement and bidding — Yangguang YiCai) during from 17 (date) September (month), 2021 to 8 (date) October(month), 2021 (9:00-12:00 am, 14:00-17:00 PM). The registration fee is RMB 1000.

5.2.2 The design organizations intending to participate in the competition MUST upload the completed application registration form and attachments (refer to Annex 2 for details) affixed with official seal to (Yangguang Yicai) in electronic form (PDF) during the period from Sept. 17, 2021 to Oct. 8, 2021.

5.2.3 The design organizations intending to participate in the competition MUST send or post the completed competition application document (refer to Annex 3 for details) in written form to the competition organizer before the submission deadline. submission expiration date: 17:00, Oct.9, 2021. If the design organization submits the documents by mail, the submission time shall be subject to the time when the competition organizer signs and receives the registration documents.

5.3 Requirements against application materials

5.3.1 The format and submission method of the Collection Document shall be in accordance with the requirements of Collection Document (refer to Annex 3).
5.3.2 The design organization applicant must prepare a complete application document and bind it into a volume. It can be bound in separate volumes when the content is overmuch. The cover of the registration documents bound independently shall be affixed with the official seal of the design organization applicant, and the registration documents shall be affixed with the official seal of the design organization applicant in the slit and on each page. If the overseas design institution has no official seal, it can be signed by its legal representative or legal authorized representative .The representative of the design organization applicant can be the legal representative or its authorized representative. The registration document signed by the authorized representative shall be accompanied by a valid power of attorney signed by the legal representative..

5.3.3 The design organizations must bear all the consequences caused by any mistake or omission in the application documents.

5.3.4 All the registration documents should be in seven copies (including one original registration document, one electronic copy of the registration document, only USB flash drive, no password, no virus, the content of the registration document should be the same as the printed paper registration document produced by the design organization applicant, if different, the paper registration document shall prevail). In 6 copies marked “original” and “copy”. In case of any discrepancy between the original and the copy, the original shall prevail. The registration document shall be duly signed by a legally authorized representative of the design organization applicant and any changes, if any, shall be signed by the original signatory.

5.3.5 All registration documents should be delivered to the competition organizer before the deadline. Overdue documents will not be accepted. The organizer will not be responsible for the damage or loss of the registration documents caused by force majeure.
5.3.6 All application documents must be sealed in a sealed envelope or package with the official seal of the design organization applicant affixed to the seal. (1) the original (with official seal on the original), (2) the copy, (3) the application registration form and (4) the electronic version of the application document should be sealed separately and marked on the cover of each envelope or package:

Contact: 13068849201/020-22099922
Contact person: Miss Deng
Contact address: Design Building,NO.3,Tiyudongheng Street, Tiyudong Road, Tianhe District, Guanghzou, P.R.China

Special Note: In case of any inconsistency between the Chinese and English expressions in this announcement and the attachments, the Chinese expression shall prevail. The documents submitted by the overseas design organization shall contain the simplified Chinese version. However, in case of any discrepancy between the documents submitted in the English version and the simplified Chinese version, the simplified Chinese version shall prevail.


The announcement is published on AIMIR’s website now. If you want to know more following details regarding to 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.

Call for Entry: International Competition of Conceptual Planning and Urban Design for Zhuhai Central Station (Hezhou) Hub and its Surrounding Areas

Call for Entry: International Competition of Conceptual Planning and Urban Design for Zhuhai Central Station (Hezhou) Hub and its Surrounding Areas

Project Overview

On July 30, 2020, Construction Plan of Intercity Railway in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, in which Zhuhai Central Station (Hezhou) Hub is positioned as one of main hubs among “the three main and four auxiliary hubs” in the west coastal area of the Pearl River Estuary where it will connect to multiple routes of the radiating traffic network including Zhuhai-Zhaoqing HSR, Guangzhou-Zhuhai (Macao) HSR, and Shenzhen-Zhuhai Intercity Railway etc., to realize rapid connection between Macao, Zhuhai and such national strategic regions as Central China, North China, Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle, Yangtze River Delta, and Beibu Gulf Economic Zone, to the extent that this hub will play a role as the main gateway of Macao and Zhuhai to the whole country, and an important hub for the development of Macao-Zhuhai growth pole, supporting the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and integrating itself into the bigger picture of China’s national development.

Currently, the feasibility study report of the Zhuhai, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing East high-speed railway stations and other hub projects has been completed, and the construction is expected to start by the end of 2021. The relevant preparation for Guangzhou-Zhuhai-Macao High-speed Railway has been also started, and the construction is planned to start in 2022. This International Competition of Conceptual Planning and Urban Design for Zhuhai Central Station (Hezhou) Hub and its Surrounding Areas is resolved by Zhuhai Municipal Government, with a view to better exert the strategic value of Zhuhai Central Station (Hezhou) Hub and promote the high-quality integrated development of hub and city.

Zhuhai Central Station (Hezhou) Hub and its surrounding areas (“the Hub and Surrounding Areas”) are located on the west coastal area of the Pearl River Estuary, close to the central downtown of Zhuhai and Macao, and within 100km of straight-line distance from Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. They are located in the core area of the inner bay of the Greater Bay Area and play an important strategic role in the integration of the Greater Bay Area.

Project Location in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

The Hub and Surrounding Areas are located in the central area of Zhuhai, facing Hengqin New Area and Tanzhou Town of Zhongshan City across Modaomen Watercourse in the southeast and northeast respectively, adjoining Hezhou as a prospective city center in the south, and Doumen Area and Jinwan Area centers in the west. Located in the geographical center of Zhuhai, this area is the strategic pivot in “undertaking the central influence and extending westward” of Zhuhai urban space, and an important link to promote the balanced development of Zhuhai in the east and the west.

Project Location in the Territory of Zhuhai

Work Content

The scope of this international competition consists of two parts, namely the conceptual planning of the Hub and Surroundings Areas, and the urban design of the Hub Area.

(1) Conceptual Planning Scope of the Hub and Surrounding Areas

Th conceptual planning scope of the Hub and Surrounding Area is a 51-square-kilometer area enclosed by the river channel and highway-expressway network, extending to Modaomen Watercourse in the east, Niwanmen Watercourse in the west, Tiansheng River in the north, and Zhuhai Avenue in the south.

(2) Urban Design Scope of the Hub Area

The urban design scope of the Hub Area is a 10-square-kilometer area with the Hub as the core, which can be delimited by the design teams in line with their conceptual plan.

Conceptual Planning & Urban Design Scope

Registration Requirements

There is no restrictions on qualifications for this international competition. All domestic and international design teams can sign up for this international competition, registration by a consortium (with not more than 4 members including the leading party) is acceptable, and top-rated design teams in various professional fields are encouraged to take part. Core chief designers should have experience in urban design or urban planning of large hubs/areas.


The international competition consists of three stages, namely, Prequalification, Conceptual Design, and Integration of Deliverables.

This international competition is an open solicitation to design teams from all over the world. In the prequalification stage, 6 design teams will be selected from all registrants (including consortiums, the same below) to participate in the next-stage conceptual design. In the conceptual design stage, the conceptual design proposals submitted by 6 shortlisted teams will be evaluated and ranked the first, second and third winners. The first winner will be required to integrate the conceptual schemes with the assistance of the technical service unit before submitting to the Host for acceptance. The Host will organize 1-3 workshops thereafter, and the top three design teams shall send their chief designers to participate in further planning and design (those who are confirmed to be affected by COVID-19 pandemic can participate online).

Detail schedule is as follows:

Note: The schedule above is applied in Beijing Time, and the Host reserves the right to adjust the schedule.


The winners of this international competition will be presented the following awards:

First Winner: can receive design bonus of RMB Four Million Yuan (¥4,000,000) (incl. workshop-related fees) (US$618,567), and the fee of design detailing and integration of RMB One Million Five Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥1,500,000) (US$231,960);

Second Winner: can receive design bonus of RMB Three Million Yuan (¥3,000,000) (incl. workshop-related fees) (US$463,900);

Third Winner: can receive design bonus of RMB Two Million Yuan (¥2,000,000) (incl. workshop-related fees) (US$309,280);

Other shortlisted teams (3 candidates): Each of them can receive a design compensation of RMB One Million Five Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥1,500,000) (US$231,960) for providing effective results.

Information Disclosure & Pre-registration

The competition is scheduled to be officially announced in early October 2021. Please keep tune to the subsequent information disclosure.


The announcement is published on AIMIR’s website now. If you want to know more following details regarding to 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.

How 3D Rendering and Animation Highlight your Presentation: Case Study of Second & Peabody Project

How 3D Rendering and Animation Highlight your Presentation: Case Study of Second & Peabody Project

Architects are often confronted with situations where they need to report to the city, or present for marketing. Luckily, architectural visualization is the perfect tool for them. 3D renderings are smart demonstration for the concept of yet-to-be-built buildings, and 3D animations create an immersive and engaging experience for the design in a visually-stunning and memorable way.

Eleazar from C* Architects has been one of our regular clients, who brought us an urgent project in July 17th 2021. It is a 3-tower project in the intersection of Second Avenue and Peabody Steet in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. They were having a preliminary meeting with the Nashville City Council on August 3rd, and needed to send the presentation to them before July 26th. What they were looking for were about 10 renderings (not confirmed yet) and a one-minute animation in 9 days.

The production process was as smooth as silk, and they are very happy with the results. AIMIR is proud to be part of this amazing project to illustrate this extraordinary design concept, which helped our precious client with their reporting to city council and marketing as well. Let’s check the 3D renderings now!

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Production Specifics

Since it’s a smooth project which strictly follows modeling, texturing, lighting setting, rendering and post-production, we will introduce the specifics during the production instead of going through the full process.

AIMIR is always proud of our crystal clear workflow, and how cooperative our clients are when briefing. Due to the urgency of the project, C* Architects had sorted all files in order in advance. After checking through all the files, AIMIR realized they pay great attention to the garden.

The kite-shape-designed three towers. The garden is around the ground level where visitors interact.

The Garden

Eleazar is a thoughtful partner who prepared the plants references and placement of tree in advance. It saved plenty of time. In this architectural visualization project, they are looking for 11 different types of trees and more flowers to enrich these towers.

11 types of trees and their placement. This is a excellent example on how to give efficient comments.

As AIMIR’s long-term partner, Eleazar has abundant experience giving comments. The landscape is not included in the 3Ds Max model, thus he hand-marked the arrangement of each tree and flower.

Clear mark-ups of tree placement for a specific camera angle.

Mark-ups on important points not included in the model.

It did take a couple of rounds to perfect the greenery of this beautiful project, which both sides were satisfied with.

Camera Angles

In the beginning of the production, 6 camera angles were confirmed to proceed, but Eleazar was not sure about other views. He was pretty sure he wanted about 10 views to demonstrate this project. In this case, as a professional consultant visualizer, AIMIR’s 3D artists proposed some camera angles from our perspective of view.

We had proposed 32 views which we think are good to use.

It didn’t take too long to determine the final camera angles. Extra 5 views were selected by Eleazar which made up to 11 camera angles in total. They are: 4 aerial views; 6 eye-level views; 1 low angle view.

11 confirmed camera angles.

The Animation Logo

In the end of the animation, Eleazar wanted to add a logo. It is very interesting that the logo is specially designed from the façade of the three towers. They took one pattern out of the façade of each building, which are two Ts and one diamond, forming a unique logo representing this fantastic project.

The forming process of the special designed “T♢T” logo. Isn’t it smart? 

After the Final Delivery

Eleazar told us the reporting went well and the Nashville City was processing with their project. They are planning to use the visualization works to market on their website and other channels.

Working with Eleazar was a sheer pleasure, and we are so proud of how this project turned out. AIMIR was impressed by his design, as well as his professional way of communicating. It is always our pleasure working with C* Architecture. When an architect and his or her 3D visual team are entranced by the concept and design, magic happens!


Would you like to demonstrate your visual with mind-blowing impact and style? Then, contact AIMIR architectural visualization studio. We’ll talk about your exciting project and show its unique story in a show-stopping way.

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