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.

There’s no doubt that 3d rendering plays an important role in winning design competition because the stunning renderings enable people to preview the unique feature. If you need 3d architectural visualization service, you’re more than welcome to contact us.

Architecture Design Competition for Overall Renovation of Shenzhen Working People’s Cultural Palace

Architecture Design Competition for Overall Renovation of Shenzhen Working People’s Cultural Palace

In response to the work plan of the municipal Party committee and the municipal government, based on the functional positioning and future development demands of Shenzhen Working People’s Cultural Palace, the International Bidding of Architectural SD for Overall Renovation of Shenzhen Working People’s Cultural Palace is officially launched. It is hosted by Shenzhen Federation of Trade Unions and Luohu District Government, Shenzhen and organized by Shenzhen Metro Group Co., Ltd., in a bid to seek the most creative proposal from all over the world.

Project Profile

Shenzhen Working People’s Cultural Palace (Shenzhen Staff Service Center) (“the Cultural Palace”) is a public welfare institution affiliated to Shenzhen Federation of Trade Unions. It was built in 1953 in the name of Bao’an County Worker’s Cultural Palace. It is located in the core area of Luohu District adjacent to Dongmen Commercial Pedestrian Street, a key section covered by Guangzhou-Shenzhen Intercity Railway. On the south of the Cultural Palace, there is a metro station for interchange between three metro lines, serving as a citywide passenger transport hub. The main function of the Cultural Palace is to offer culture, art and vocational training and accommodate recreational and sports activities for the working people. It is a front of Shenzhen Federation of Trade Unions to serve and a bridge linking closely with the working people.

With the rapid development of the city, the existing building of the Cultural Palace can no longer keep up with people’s increasing demands for recreational and sports activities. This makes it extremely urgent to renovate and upgrade the building. The new Cultural Palace will be a complex cultural landmark integrating culture, art, and public and supporting services. It will promote the upgrading and transformation of Dongmen Commercial Circle and create a fashion art center with regional influence in the future.

Work Content

The Project neighbors People’s Park on the north, Shen Nan Da Dao on the south, the Guesthouse and Dongmen Commercial Circle on the east, and Buji River on the west. It enjoys a prominent location and pleasant natural environment. The site area of the Project is nearly 60,000m2, while its existing GFA is about 26,900m2.

The bidding will involve three stages: prequalification, schematic design, and bid finalization. Stage 1 (prequalification) involves urban design research and architectural conceptual design. The scope of urban design research covers the Cultural Palace, the Guesthouse, Dongmen Commercial Circle, Buji River and the residential district on the west of Buji River (see Fig. 1 for the scope of urban design research and Design Brief for the specific site scope).

Registration RequirementsDomestic and international design firms are welcome to register for the Design Competition.

1. Domestic and international design firms are welcome to register for the Design Competition.

2. Design firms need to provide an enterprise registration certificate and design license or relevant documents with the same effects.

3. Design firms with the same principle or withholding or management relationship shall not register for the competition simultaneously.

4. Consortium bid is acceptable (regardless of the border), but bid submitted by an individual or a team of individuals is not acceptable.

5. Members of consortium applicants should meet the following requirements:

(1) Each consortium should have no more than three members, and no member is allowed to register twice for the competition in the name of another firm or another consortium.

(2) 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 cost, etc.

6. The applicants should undertake to set up a project team with a fixed office in Shenzhen after winning the bid. The project team should be composed of a project principal and various disciplinary principals, who should cooperate with each other to complete the design work in each stage as required by the contract until the termination of the contract.

7. The applicants should assign a person who has directed 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 bidder involved from being shortlisted and winning the bid, and hold such bidder responsible for corresponding legal liabilities.


The bidding is open to all design firms worldwide. Bidders will be required to submit a corresponding registration document and design proposal pursuant to the Bidding Rules and the Design Brief. Fifteen bidders will be selected through prequalification to participate in subsequent schematic design.


Referring to the Charging Standards for Engineering Survey and Design (2002 Revision) jointly formulated by the State Development Planning Commission and the Ministry of Construction, and the Announcement on the Preliminary Plan for Overall Renovation of Shenzhen Working People’s Cultural Palace (Shen Fa Gai [2019] No. 248) issued by the Development and Reform Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, the SD fee of the Project is tentatively determined at about RMB 22 million yuan, while the construction content, size, standard, total investment, and design cost shall be subject to the project approval documents.


1st place (one winner): the 1st place will win the bid and obtain the design contract.

2nd place (two winners): each will receive Two Million Yuan (¥2,000,000.00) as a stipend.

Other shortlisted bidders (12): each will receive Eight Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥800,000.00) as a stipend.

This international bidding has been officially launched and welcome architectural companies worldwide. If you want to obtain the latest information and submit proposals, please pay close attention to our website or contact AIMIR.

In addition, AIMIR as one of the leading 3d rendering companies constantly delivers high-standard 3d visualization resolution and keeps an open mind to all comments and opinions, if you need 3d rendering service to preview your design, please feel free to drop us a line.

Free Quote

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Quote Now