Shui Wei 3D Community

Doffice for Futian District Government Shenzhen, ShumYip Land Investment LTD. and ShuiWei Village

 

City within a City
 
The site is an Urban Village in Shenzhen, a settlement that used to be an indigenous village and is going through its own urbanization, alongside that of Shenzhen. It is an urbanization process initiated by the villagers without planners and architects.
 
The rapid expansion and densification of city creates a typical Shenzhen phenomenon where the peripheries of the Urban Villages are walled off by highrise towers. 

A cluster of 35 handshake towers in this village is subject to a city make-over plan. The initial design brief was to upgrade the facades to make the cluster less of an eyesore.
 But there are so many interesting scenarios thinkable for the future of those blocks; a façade make-over is the last thing they deserve. 
 
We came up with an alternative proposal to fundamentally change the negative image of the handshake towers into a positive message.
 

Alternative Proposal
 
Strategy & Program
 -No façade make-over, create a housing community
 -Connect rather than to treat the 35 towers as isolated upgrades
 -Ground floor: shops to activate the alleys
 -Upper floors: affordable housing 
 

Maze of Alleys
 -Bring hierarchy to the disorienting maze of 16 alleys in-between the towers, from public to semi public to private
 
3D Community
 -Towers are inter-connected by a network of sky-corridors + 7 elevators
 
Communal Spaces
 -Communal spaces serving 504 households, 900 tenants
 
Color coding as way-finding system
 -The 35 towers are divided into 7 circulation clusters, each color- coded for a clear way-finding.

Credited: 

Clients:
 - Futian District Government, Shenzhen
 - Shum Yip Land Investment LTD.
 - ShuiWei Village Holding Company
 
 Structure, MEP:
 - DouShi Yuan Architecture & Engineering

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