Invitation to Tender丨 Whole Process Design for CUHK – Shenzhen School of Medicine (Bid I and Bid II)

Invitation to Tender丨 Whole Process Design for CUHK – Shenzhen School of Medicine (Bid I and Bid II)

Project Background


With the historical opportunity of constructing the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Shenzhen Pilot Demonstration Zone, the collaboration agreement of establishing CUHK-Shenzhen School of Medicine has been officially sighed by People’s Government of Shenzhen Municipality, CUHK and CUHK-Shenzhen.

With 6000 students enrolled, the CUHK-Shenzhen School of Medicine seeks to nurture outstanding innovative and caring medical talents with an international perspective. Drawing on the first-class educational foundation and teaching experience of CUHK School of Medicine, and fully embracing the advanced philosophy of medical schools in China and abroad, the School has identified a well-established education system covering undergraduate, master and doctoral training, and will actively explore a new model of medical education that integrates Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The CUHK-Shenzhen School of Medicine is home to three Nobel Laureate Institutes and the Shenzhen Research Institute of Big Data. In tandem, the CUHK-Shenzhen School of Medicine will give full play to the University’s research and talent strengths in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Life Health, further integrate the medical industry with science and engineering, stimulate the development of translational medicine, and stay committed to building an international medical system with three pillars: advanced medical services, high-end medical talent training and innovative medical research.


Project Overview


The project is located in the north of International University Campus Road, Universiade New Town, Longgang District, Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, and distributed on the north and south banks of Shenxianling Reservoir. The Universiade Station of Metro Line 3 (Longgang Line) is approximately 5.5 kilometers from the site. Besides, closing to the project site, the Universiade University City Station of metro line 21 is planned to be established at the cross of Yanlong Avenue and Longxiang Avenue, on the east side of Shenzhen Conservatory of Music.

Project Location

The project site scans an area of 211,100 sqm while the construction land area is 190,800 sqm including 148,500 sqm for south part and 42,300 sqm for north part. The left area (the area for administration) within setback lines should be 20,300 sqm.

Tender scope


Project Positioning


The CUHK-Shenzhen School of Medicine (including directly affiliated hospitals and non-directly affiliated hospitals) will be built in Shenzhen, the Greater Bay Area, with a vision to build an international excellent medical center with three pillars: advanced medical services, high-end medical talent training and innovative medical research.


Tender Scope


The total construction area for the bid design is 551,918 sqm. The site will be divided into two zones for south campus (Bid I) and north campus (Bid II). Tender for bid I should take charge of the whole process of design for south campus as well as master plan for the whole campus. Tender for bid II will be responsible for whole process design for north campus from the phase of concept design to construction documents.

The construction area of Bid I is approximate 148,500 sqm, and the gross floor area should be 380,018 sqm which indicates 371,830 sqm provisionally for new construction and 8188 sqm for existing building.


The construction area of Bid Ⅱ is approximate 423,00 sqm, and the area for administration is 20,300 sqm while the provisional area for new construction is 171,900 sqm.


Project Status and Surrounding Situation (from north)


Design Content


Building programs include: classrooms, laboratories, libraries, indoor sports rooms, administrative office rooms, department and teachers’ office rooms, teachers and students activity rooms, halls, student dormitories, teacher dormitories, canteens, and full-time scientific research institutions, key laboratories, animal experimentation centers, continuing education rooms, teaching and exhibition rooms, industry-university-research and entrepreneurship rooms, clinical teaching and practice rooms, Red Cross emergency rescue training bases, logistics auxiliary rooms, underground garages and equipment rooms.


Bidding Rules


The project adopts the method of \”open bidding\”, which is divided into pre-qualification stage, design bidding stage and final evaluation stage.

See prequalification documents for details.


Application Requirements


  • The bidding is open to bidder that should be independent legal entity or partnership or other organization.
  • The bidder is required for at least class-A qualification/certificate in Chinese architecture construction industry (Construction Engineering).
  • The project designer shall have the design license of national Grade -1 registered architect.
  • The project accepts registration in the form of consortium. Members of consortium shall meet the following requirements:
  1. There shall be no more than two members specialized in a consortium (including the leading member).
  2. The leading member of the Consortium required for at least class-A qualification/certificate in Chinese architecture design and construction industry (Construction Engineering).
  3. Each member of the consortium shall not submit another additional application neither alone or with another consortium.
  4. Members of a consortium shall sign a legally binding Consortium Agreement to specify the leading party, the division of work by design stage, and the shares and way of distribution of the design fee for each member, etc.
  • Individual or teams of individuals will not be accepted.


Design Fee & Honoraium (tentative)


  • Design fee for Bid I will be RMB 66.25 million (about US$9,857,000); Bid II will be 27.36 million (about US$4,071,000).
  • Compensation for the unshortlisted: A total of 2.3 million yuan (about US$342,000) for bid I and bid II.


Tender Schedule


Stage Date Item
Open Application and Pre-qualification Stage 2022.05.05 Release of official announcement for pre-qualification and open call for registration
2022.05.11 17:00 Deadline for Submitting Questions
2022.05.16 17:00 Release of answer to submitted questions and other supplements
2022.05.20 17:00 Deadline for submission of pre-qualification application
Evaluation of pre-qualification applications and publicity of results
Submission of original stamped’Bidding Confirmation letter’(Digital stamp is acceptable)
Design Bidding Stage 2022.06-2022.07
Release of official invitation of tender and design descriptions
Site visit and Q&A (The way of organization will be noted later)
Deadline for submission of questions
Q&A (by e-mail)
Deadline of deliverables submission
Scheme review meeting
Bid Determination Stage (to be determined) Final evaluation
Publicity of final result
Note: All references herein to times of day shall be references to Beijing Time, and the tenderee reserves the right to adjust the schedule.




Tenderee: Engineering Design Management Center of Bureau of Public Works of Shenzhen Municipality

Assistant: RJRX Urban Planning & Design Consultants Co.Ltd.,Shenzhen

Contact for project and technology: Ms. Zhang (+86) 13428736007

Contact for business and procedure: Ms. Zhang (+86) 13726263990

(Monday to Friday 9:00-18:00 Beijing time)

The Organizer reserves the right for the interpretation of the open bidding, with the language of interpretation subjected to Chinese.


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.

3D Renderings for Three Residence Designs in Perth, Australia: Case Study

3D Renderings for Three Residence Designs in Perth, Australia: Case Study

P* Architecture is an Australia-based design studio who operates a boutique scale of architects, interior designers and development advisors. They were developing three private houses in Perth – Hennessey, Love, and Lecras Residence.

3D rendering is definitely the most eye-catching tool because it’s changing the way people buy and sell properties effectively. By transforming the way we communicate design information, 3D rendering has reformed how real estate is presented and sold. Please follow AIMIR to this amazing adventure of visualizing these three properties in Perth, Australia.


Before the Production


Vadim from P* Architecture brought us three luxury houses located in various addresses in Perth. One thing in common was that these 3D images would be a descriptive and compelling demonstration of the future buildings for the buyers.

Once we’ve figured out the vision of the project, we started to analyze the main features it should contain. For example, material and texture, color, camera angles, landscaping, and lighting. Since the location of the houses are in Australia, the Southern Hemisphere, Vadim emphasized the importance of setting the correct lighting based on the sun direction in the Project Information Checklist:

“If image is front on, the sun should be front on. If image angled, sun should be from same angle. Refer to each sketchup model.”

This is a common point in projects located in the Southern Hemisphere. At AIMIR, we care about every single details, in order to deliver the most realistic 3D works to stun the viewers.

We checked the SketchUp models for these three houses. The next step was to import them into the 3ds Max and fine-tune the details.


The Rendering Process


This project strictly followed the standard workflow of a 3D image.


3D Modeling

There was no need to worry about the 3D models because they were provided by Vadim and his team. Thank you Vadim!

In case of no ready models, our 3D artist are happy to build the model based on any information of your project. For instance, you can provide the CAD plans, elevations, floor plans, or even sketches of your vision.


Camera Angle

There was no struggle in the camera angle, because Vadim directly sent us the screenshots of the views they wanted. If our client cannot decide the camera angles, our professional 3D artists are happy to offer some suggestions. You can always trust our professionalism in selecting camera angles for various projects.


Material & Texture

To achieve maximum realism, an accurate depiction of the materials is essential. Our 3D artists use a huge library of materials and textures to guarantee the overall effect. Because the SketchUp model had already include all possible materials, the step didn’t take too long.



Once the sunlight direction was set, there wasn’t much too do about lighting. Vadim requested the most common time for all three images: daytime. The day is one of the most simple but efficient way to demonstrate a building. As a result, our creative 3D specialists set the sunlight direct based on the rule in Southern Hemisphere to display photorealist 3D renderings of the unbuilt houses.


Rendering & Post-production

Generally, the time required for rendering an image depend on the desired quality as well as the complexity of the scene. For example, it takes much longer to render a scene with houses and trees than a simple house.

For this project, all three houses are simple and not involved with much surrounding context. Our 3D artists rendered the scenes and added some people on to show the dynamic nature of the future houses. However, Vadim believed it was better to leave the scenes without people and activity. In this way, the buildings themselves were able to be clearly and beautifully demonstrated.


The Final Image


The final delivery came after all the details agreed. We are proud to share the working process of Three Residence Project:

Hennessey Residence

Love Residence

Lecras Residence

After the final deliver, these projects went smoothly. AIMIR’s realistic 3D renderings allowed the customers to see the potential benefits in advance with our visual stories. It is always a strong tool to pre-sale your properties.


If you are designing for a future structure, or developing a property, why not check out our professional architectural visualization services? As a 17-year ArchViz consultant, we’re here to take your projects’ marketing to the next level! Say hi to us at today!

How Much is a 3D Rendering and What Does its Price Depend on?

How Much is a 3D Rendering and What Does its Price Depend on?

How much a 3D rendering cost is probably the most frequent question we’ve received when starting a conversation with our clients. To be honest, it possibly is the most difficult question to answer. If you are already a user of 3D architectural visualization services, you may be aware of the difference in price for them.

As a 16-year-experience architectural visualization studio, we have introduced the similar topic in 2018 and 2021 which are about the cost of exterior 3D renderings and interior 3D renderings. Please feel free to read the details here: 5 Points Affecting Exterior 3D Rendering Cost and Key Factors to the Price of an Interior 3D Rendering: All You Need to Know. In this blog, we’ll try to explain it in summary.


What are the Factors affecting a Render’s Price?


THE BASIC RULE IS DEPENDING ON THE WORKLOAD. As we take into account different circumstances for each project, workload comes first when quoting a project. At the same time, we care about the quality. Because the quality of the 3D works always comes first.

We’ve conclude the basic factors that affect the price of a 3D render in a project:

  • Type of rendering: This is another vital factor. In fact, the price of an image will depend on the amount of space to be shown. As a result, the type of the images will have a say. For example, the price of a residential kitchen is apparently lower than an aerial high-rise.
  • Number of images / length of animation or VR required: For 3D renderings, discount may take place in line with the amount of images required. For 3D animation or Virtual Reality works, the length also plays an important part in quotation. This is because whether in 3D images or animations, there will be shared elements for the same project. And these elements will be taken into account.
  • The model: If you’ve a complete 3D model, all we need to do is to fine-tone it and use it straightaway. If there is no model available, which is fine, we are happy to proceed with any CAD plans or even sketches. At the same time, the cost will raise accordingly. Besides, in case of any custom items are needed, there will occur extra fees.

Apart from the factors above, others such as the Deadline, Project Size, and Design Style will affect the cost in their way as well.


Briefing Service


In order to quote a project more precisely, we’ve introduced our Brief Form to assist us understand your project.

Once you’ve complete the brief, our professional project manager will get to you within 24 hours with a proposal. In the proposal, a precise price is there for you, as long as schedule of production.


Any Other Factors?


Yes and no. No if the creation process goes smoothly. Sometimes we say yes because the process does not always follow certain way. It is determined by the changing nature of design industry.

When confronted with design change and possible extra costs, AIMIR is extremely cautious because we don’t see it as a purpose. We believe it is a fine line between clients and us, for balancing the workflow and quality.

Typical scenarios of additional cost due to plan change are Model Adjustment and Camera Angle Correction. You can find more details in our previous blogs: 3 Types of Changing Color in Architectural Visualization, Four Typical Scenarios Concerning Extra Charge during the Rendering Process, and 6 Special Situations Where Our Clients Might Need to Pay Extra Charges.


If you’d like to have a quote on your project, please feel free to fill in the Brief Form, or simply talk to our professional architectural visualization studio at AIMIR is happy to picture a real world of your unbuilt structure!

Holiday Notice for International Workers’ Day

Holiday Notice for International Workers’ Day

The International Workers’ Day. Or Labor Day or May Day is around the corner. Please kindly note that we will have a five-day holiday from 30th April to 4th May, and will resume working on 5th May. All ongoing projects will not be affected. If you have any questions about 3D Architectural Visualization, please feel free to say hi at We will get back to you as soon as possible!

On International Worker’s Day, we’d take this opportunity to express our great respects for your hard work and to extend our appreciation for our clients’ and partners’ valuable supports to our work. Also, we thank our employees for putting a great deal of effort into AIMIR and keep bringing wonderful 3D architectural visualization works to the world.

May our labor bring you the rewards of spring, and Happy Labor Day!

3D Modeling and Rendering for Hillcrest Surfside in Florida, USA: Case Study

3D Modeling and Rendering for Hillcrest Surfside in Florida, USA: Case Study

Nikola from ODP Architects brought us a new project in May 2021. It was a residential project in Florida. She would needed the 3D renderings to get the project approved and show the owner the vision was worthy investing in. This project had been through back-and-forth and design changes. Two images are finalized until January 2022, and we are working on more images now.

Hillcrest Surfside and Surfside Seaway are two residential buildings which share the same owner. Surfside Seaway was approved and under construction while the project Hillcrest Surfside started. This time, AIMIR was going to create 3D works for this stunning residential structure from the very beginning. At the same time, the images needed to share the same materiality of the images of Surfside Seaway. This way, both projects could show to the world with consistency.


Hillcrest Surfside


Facing the Surfside Beach, Hillcrest Surfside is a 10-story residential structure with a basement for parking and a rooftop. The project size is 58,980 square feet. There is an infinity edge swimming pool on ground floor, along with some stairs that go down to the rear yard. For the façade, Hillcrest mainly uses glass walls with vertical louvers. These Carlisle windows with bronze non-reflective texture add a shimmering skin under the sun.

The site.

The elevations.

As the structure shares the same owner with Surfside Seaway, which is another residential building next to it, we’ve studies the 3D rendering previously done for it.

3D renders for Surfside Seaway for reference.

Our aim was to create 3D renderings which went along with the lighting, materials, and mood with those of Surfside Seaway.


The Model


We’ve received a Revit model including the project and the structure next to it. Because Nikola hoped to have both buildings in the images.

The Revit model.

Different views of the model.

However, Nikola expressed their concern about the design, and said the model might need to change. As a result, we had to suspend this project.

In December, Nikola brought us the updated model. The rooftop was redesigned with a more welcoming space, the ground floor has a ramp for entry, and other nice features.

The updated model.


Surrounding Context


For the surrounding context, we decided to build the models of ambient structures.

Compared with other methods, modeling is the most complicated way of dealing with surroundings. This is because it costs obviously more time than other methods, and incurs modeling fees at the same time. However, modeling gives nearly 100% accuracy of the original site. Moreover, the tone and mood of the image is easier to be aligned.

Model of building next to the project.


For more information about how to choose the suitable method handling surrounding context, please refer to this blog: 4 Typical Methods of Dealing with Surrounding Context in Architectural Visualization.


Material, Texture, Lighting & Postproduction


For this special project, we didn’t have much room to create. To follow the previously-done 3D images, we studies these images and decided to come to the result straightforward.

Before that, we had went through other supporting information, for example the landscape plan. Nikola addressed the significant role of the landscaping. In order to keep consistency, the two projects should share the same landscaping.

Landscape plan.

After studying the provided images, our 3D artists learnt the way to follow the mood of the landscaping, which included:

  • The trees;
  • The beach;
  • The white beach beds and umbrellas;

Above is the rendering of Surfside Seaway, and below is a corner of our final rendering of Hillcrest Surfside. We strictly followed the rules and created a world in Surfside with consistency.

Please enjoy the final images of Hillcrest Surfside!


Ongoing Story


This is not the end of story. In January 2022, ODP Architects would like to have a few more 3D renders to demonstrate various sides of the structure. Therefore, we started working on other camera angles immediately.

This time, we needed to keep the same mood while showcase the building in various perspectives. The 3D images were finished in March, and we will share them as soon as they are ready to see the world.



What do you think about this residential project in the U.S.? Should you have any concerns regarding to this project, or any question about 3D architectural visualization, or anything about your project, please feel free to talk to us at AIMIR has been specializing in 3D Architectural Visualization from 2006. Contact us now and get your idea fly high!

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