A new urban area is emerging around the Shenzhen North High-Speed Rail Station. Its density is higher than Shenzhen and will soon surpass Hong Kong’s Central District. The government plans to accommodate numerous civic activities through a public cultural building. On this crowded site, we did not adopt traditional planning strategy, but organized programs along the section to create a complex floating above the park, as a unique vertical cultural and art station to connect public events.
The ground floor of the building is an open civic square facing to the riverside, where people can hold outdoor performance and concert. At the lower level, a super bowl dance center, a grand dome concert hall and a black box theater are composed into one exciting public performance platform. Above the halls, are there classrooms and studio boxes for teaching and training. On the top level, the central light courtyard vertically connects the interior space with the exterior garden, which is an urban balcony overlooking the city and a terraced roof for people to sit and relax.
Summer in Shenzhen usually lasts more than seven months every year. We use two approaches to achieve building shading and cooling in a sustainable way. The skin system is coated by diffusely reflective breathable film to reduce 45% sun radiation. The porous structure helps the building breathe fresh air without HVAC supplies during the most time. At night, the building glows slightly and becomes a floating iceberg cooling the city.