“202 applications, compete for 5 shortlisted places, choose 1 out of 40, this competition is quite fierce.”, said by juries on the pre-qualification review meeting of International Competition for Conceptual Design of Shenzhen Tanglang Mountain Country Park City Viewing Platform, on October 12, 2021.
International Competition for Conceptual Design of Shenzhen Tanglang Mountain Country Park City Viewing Platform made the highest record of application number since POSITION started the organization of competitions. At the same time, it is also one of the competitions with the most participants in Shenzhen's design competition history. 202 applications were received for pre-qualification, with almost 300 design teams, including a number of top international architecture and landscape design firms, domestic large-scale design institutes and well-known architectural practices.
The competition is hosted by Urban Administration and Law Enforcement Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality, organized by Shenzhen Park Service, and co-organized by Shenzhen Position Spatial Culture Development Co., Ltd. The pre-qualification review meeting was held at Multifunctional Hall of Shenzhen Urban Management Intelligent Center. Responsible personnel from the Urban Administration and Law Enforcement Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality and Shenzhen Park Service attended the meeting.
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The Meeting Site ©POSITION
The Pre-qualification Committee consists of 5 professional juries: HE Jianxiang, LIU Yuyang, MA Yansong, ZHANG Ke, ZHAO Yang (in alphabetical order by last name). Mr. MA Yansong was elected as the jury principal.
Among 202 applications, the committee carefully reviewed 195 valid conceptual documents that were qualified in the Qualification Review and evaluated the conceptual documents in anonymous format. After in-depth discussion and 6 rounds - 7 times of voting, the committee determined 5 shortlisted applicants (without ranking) and 2 alternative applicants (with ranking).
From 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., after 10 hours of review marathon, the pre-qualification result was finally determined. The list of 5 shortlisted applicants and 2 alternative applicants is as follows:
Shortlisted Applicants (without ranking)
2 Alternative Applicants (with ranking)
With the fierce competition (5 out of 202) and the high quality of design proposals, the pre-qualification committee suggested to announce the top 21 applicants of the competition. "Because it is very difficult to get into the top 21, the list should be released as well, to encourage their excellent work." The rest of the top 21 applicants are as follow:
Top 21 Applicants except Shortlists and Alternatives
Taking into account of the international positioning of the project, as well as the principles of ecology and creativity, the Pre-qualification Committee consists of architects who have overseas study and work experience, and with high international reputation.
Professional Juries (In alphabetical order by last name)
何健翔 HE Jianxiang
Founder and Chief Architect of O-office Architects
刘宇扬 LIU Yuyang
Founder and Chief Architect of Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects
马岩松 MA Yansong
Founder and Partner of MAD
张轲 ZHANG Ke
Founder and Chief Architect of ZAO/standardarchitecture
赵扬 ZHAO Yang
Founder and Chief Architect of Zhaoyang Architects
△ 评委赵扬、张轲、马岩松、刘宇扬、何健翔合影 ©有方
Juries: ZHAO Yang, ZHANG Ke, MA Yansong, LIU Yuyang, HE Jianxiang ©POSITION
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The Meeting Site ©POSITION
The Pre-qualification Committee comprehensively evaluated the concept proposals from the aspects of ecology, lifestyle, creativity, and implementability according to the Design Brief. The juries discussed the advantages and disadvantages of each proposal, paying particular attention to the artistic character and originality. The committee issued the following review comments:
1. The overall quality of the proposals is very high, reflecting great creativity and completeness from concept to expression; the five shortlisted proposals also represent diversity.
2. The shortlisted proposals all show respect for ecology and nature, and design with light intervention. They also emphasize activity experience under the principles of giving priority to ecology, pay attention to authenticity of materials, the practicality and sustainability of construction, providing consideration of Shenzhen’s future city image and Shenzhen’s attitude towards the future.
3. At the same time, the shortlisted proposals each represents different values and shows different approaches in the relationship between nature and city. Each proposal has the potential and possibility for further development.
4. Overall, this is a very successful competition review.
Since its open call was released on August 27, 2021, up until October 9, the International Competition for Conceptual Design of Shenzhen Tanglang Mountain Country Park City Viewing Platform received 202 applications, including 195 valid applications. There are 72 joint group applicants, and 123 independent applicants, with 283 companies in total. 234 Chinese companies and 49 foreign companies participated in the open call stage. Other than China, applicants are from 13 other countries, including United States, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Japan, Austria, Spain, Italy, UAE, Canada and Norway.
The list of all applicants can be found on the project homepage:
As one of Shenzhen’s key viewing platforms, International Competition for Conceptual Design of Shenzhen Tanglang Mountain Country Park City Viewing Platform attracted 383 teams from all over the world to pre-register in just three weeks from the official release to the end of pre-registration.
Tanglang Mountain Country Park is located at the junction of Nanshan District, Longhua District and Futian District in Shenzhen. Tanglang Peak, the main peak of Tanglang Mountain, is the highest point in the central area of Shenzhen, offering a panoramic view of Shenzhen. As a core node of the "Mountains-to-Sea City Trail Master Plan", Tanglang Mountain Country Park City Viewing Platform has a spectacular panorama of Shenzhen Bay and the city central areas. It aims to create remarkable City Viewing Platforms of Shenzhen Bay Area.
The competition was organized by "open call", divided into Pre-qualification Phase, Scheme Design Phase and Final Evaluation Phase. In the Scheme Design Phase, the five shortlisted design teams shall submit complete design schemes. A Scheme Review Committee will be established to evaluate the design schemes in anonymous format and select two teams without ranking for the third phase (Final Evaluation). Three Excellence Award teams without ranking should be determined at the same time.
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