International Architecture Design Competition for Luohu District Culture and Art Center

International Architecture Design Competition for Luohu District Culture and Art Center

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.

International Architecture Design Competition of Shenzhen Opera House

International Architecture Design Competition of Shenzhen Opera House


Shenzhen, a vigorous and innovative modern coastal city, serves as an important window of China’s reform and opening up and the core engine of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). It is inching toward the goal of becoming a pilot demonstration zone for socialism with Chinese characteristics and a competitive and innovative benchmark with global influence by the middle of this century.

Referencing the layout of leading international cities, Shenzhen launched the construction plan of “Ten Major Cultural Facilities in the New Era”. Shenzhen Opera House (the Project), the most important one among them, is expected to bring quality cultural life to the citizens as a world-class palace of art, a new international platform for cultural exchanges in GBA, a new cultural landmark of Shenzhen, and a quality coastal art parlor for the public.


Located on top of Shenzhen Bay Park (Park on Shenzhen Bay Coastal Leisure Belt) at the south end of Shekou Peninsula in Nanshan District, the Project extends into the sea resembling a peninsula, overlooking Shenzhen Bay Highway Bridge and the skyline of Futian Center to the east, Hong Kong to the south across the sea, and Da Nanshan Mount/Xiao Nanshan Mount to the west.

The design scope of 17.5 hectares is divided into the north area and south area by Wanghai Road. The site neighbors the existing Shekou Mountain Park on the northwest, the vacant mixed-use land on the north, the existing Shenzhen Bay Sports Park on the east, and the existing residential area on the southwest.

Overall Positioning

As a new icon of future Shenzhen and a landmark in GBA, Shenzhen Opera House will be developed into a world-class art facility, a new international platform for cultural exchanges in GBA, a new cultural landmark in the city, and a quality coastal art parlor for citizens.

The Opera House area will be considered as a whole with the Opera House as the core. A cultural belt will be created to integrate coasts, communities, buildings and parks. The goal is to shape a fascinating representative seaside landscape featuring mountain and sea views, to generate dynamic public and cultural activities around the clock, and make the area a vibrant bay area of international reputation.

Work Content

The gross floor area of the Opera House plot (south zone) is 170,000 m², which includes the Opera House and an urban art parlor. Of which: The floor area of the Opera House is 167,000 m².

Considering the suitability to the peripheral environment, it is suggested to control its above-grade floor area or floor area above the foundation at around 80,000 m². The above-grade floor area of the urban art parlor is 3,000 m².

The gross floor area of the supporting functions plot (north zone) is 52,000 m², including 11,000 m² of stage design and production center, 20,000 m² of actor apartment, 6,000m² of office facilities, 4,000m² of MEP rooms, and 11,000 m² of the garage.

Registration Requirements

Participation via Invitation and Open Call.

Invitation: The eight invited design practices in the order of their initials are:

• Ateliers Jean Nouvel

• Santiago Calatrava LLC

• Diller Scofidio + Renfro

• Herzog & de Meuron World Ltd.+ CCDI consortia

• Snøhetta

• Steven Holl Architects

• Renzo Piano Building Workshop

• China Architecture Design & Research Group

Open call: this Competition Announcement will be released after the press conference to accept registration, Registration as follows:

(1) The competition registration is open to all design practices at home and abroad.

(2) Applicants shall provide a business registration certificate, design license or equivalent documents.

(3) Applicants with the same legal representative or direct holding relations shall not register for the competition at the same time.

(4) The Project accepts registration in the form of consortium (either at home or abroad), but not individuals or teams of individuals.

(5) Members of the consortium shall meet the following requirements:

a. There shall be no more than 2 members specialized in architecture; the member of a consortium is not allowed to sign up again for the competition in its own name or by joining another consortium in another name.

b. 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 the distribution of the design fee for each member, etc.

(6) The chief designer directing the project shall attend the milestone presentation meetings. Should the chief designer present during the competition be inconsistent with the one specified in registration documents, the Organizers have the right to disqualify the team from the shortlist and competition.


The competition has four stages: Invitation for expression of interest, open call, concept design, and concept development.


Note: The above timetable adopts Beijing time and is subject to adjustment by the Organizers.


Eight invited design practices (consortia) will each receive an honorarium of RMB 1 million.

Twelve design practices (consortia) shortlisted through the open call will each receive an honorarium of RMB 0.6 million.

Among the six design practices (consortia) shortlisted for concept development, the first-prize winner will be paid an additional RMB 3 million, each of the second-prize winners 1.8 million and each of the third-place winners 0.9 million.

This international competition is now officially open to the public, if you’re interested and want to know the follow-up information, please feel free to contact Aimir.

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