The global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has become the most significant public health event entering the 21st century. With the advent of the Post-Pandemic era, home quarantine and work from home have become unusual conditions that urban dwellers have to confront in China. Public spaces in communities are important places for residents to enjoy neighborhood communication, leisure and entertainment. Therefore, finding ways to maintain a healthy quality of a community’s living, neighborhood relations and a harmonious social order even during a lockdown while constructing a multi-level, diversified and high-quality community living space also becomes a critical topic challenging the designers today.
The project explores the spiritual essence of oriental artistic conception with modern approaches to promote people's interaction with each other whilst establishing a sense of belonging. And thus, a high-quality onshore community living space that is walkable, watchable, visitable and livable culminates here.
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Located in Shekou, The Peninsula enjoys its prime location on the only residential peninsula surrounded by the sea on three sides in Shenzhen with a site into the sea of approximately 300,000 square meters reclaimed from the ocean. The project is adjacent to the 15-kilometer coastal pedestrian leisure belt running through the coastline from Shekou to Shenzhen Bay to the east with the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor across the sea, and is also privileged with the superior landscape resources of Shekou Mountain Park to the north. As for planning and construction schemes, The Peninsula project is divided into five development periods in sequence spanning nearly 20 years. Among them, AUBE Conception takes the lead in the design of The Peninsula Phase I, III and IV.
Covering an area of about 44,500 square meters, The Peninsula Phase Ⅲ saw its completion in 2018, which consists of 7 high-rise quality residential towers, street-level commercial and supporting facilities with a total floor area of around 312,300 square meters and a landscaped area of about 37,900 square meters.
The design extends The Peninsula Phase I’s core planning concept of "mountain, sea and city". By combining its exceptional landscape and geographical conditions of the site, the design creates a visual cue to bridge the surrounding landscape with architecture. Meanwhile, the project introduces the hills and waters into the community via a central landscape axis that links the mountains and the sea letting the ecological elements penetrate the community. The residential towers feature a layout of being rotated 30 degrees to the southeast in order to maximize the view and achieves an optimized result that 70% of the occupants will enjoy the first-class ocean view.
The architecturally detailed maneuvers further strengthen the bond between the landscape and the architecture. The building form utilizes three hues of blue, white and gray to integrate the façades with the sea and the sky, sculpting a three-dimensional effect with the play of light and shadow, and cantilevered balconies across the envelope of the towers undulate to depict the integral fluidity and rhythm of the coastal architecture.
In landscape, the design continues the architecture’s living experience of humanity entering the sea with a design philosophy of "Onshore Courtyards". Based on the poetic pursuit of a slow, human-oriented and sustainable life by the contemporary crowds, it deconstructs and reshapes the traditional oriental courtyard landscape. The "paths" and "lanes" interconnect functional areas of forecourt, courtyard, veranda, entrance and the club, creating an integral spatial sequence with an orderly arranged openness and enclosure with ease.
Situated in the prosperous downtown area of Shenzhen, the architect intends to seclude the residents from the bustle of the outside world and create a retreat with relaxed landscape and peaceful atmosphere. The main entrance of the community reproduces the artistic conception of returning home in traditional ink paintings with winding stone steps and stepped green terraces. At the same time, a forecourt space is added to accommodate functions of waiting, reception and orienting as a public meeting room. Entering the tranquil inner courtyard of the community through the forecourt, one will be welcomed with the Xanadu paradise that suddenly opens up. At the entrance of each building tower, the bonsai art technique of the main entrance is continued with raised ground of the entry floor. The entrance gates are defined by stone frame with landscape trees scattered around one side so as to create a transitional space full of the ceremonial sense for returning home.
According to the living needs of users across all age groups, the central green space takes the triple relationship of "human-nature", "human-each other", and "human-self" as the core, forming three characteristic courtyards of “context-observing”, “sound-observing” and “mind-observing” from south to north which thread the entire project's circulation.
Buildings and verandas enclose activity venues of squares, lawns, children's playgrounds and other spaces that intersperse through lush courtyards. In the courtyard rest, meet, communicate, and interact the residents who will rediscover a harmonious neighborhood relationship, meditating and relaxing in this luscious jungle to seek a quiet and peaceful inner mind.
The commercial sector by the sea is designed in combination with the coastal landscape belt for various groups of people to locate what they need, creating a street of better vitality, appeal and diversity. The project attempts to replace the conventional podium-style commercial space on the ground level with small-scale individual masses while taking advantage of the tree arrays to guide people's attention to the sea, forming a coastal commercial block with pleasant climate and scale. The concept of block-type commerce has been further developed in the forthcoming Peninsula Phase IV community as well.
Since its completion, The Peninsula Phase Ⅲ has been showered with national, provincial and municipal honors, including the Second Prize of the 2019-2020 Architectural Design Award for residential buildings by the Architectural Society of China, the Second Prize of the 2019 Guangdong Excellent Engineering Survey and Design Award for residential buildings and areas, and the the Second Prize of 2020 Excellent Landscape Design Award by the Shenzhen Landscape Architecture Association.