The scheme is envisioned as a “heart and a new horizon against which people can orientate themselves” in an emerging urban center.
The scheme is directly linked to a range of public transport systems, such as the street and underground. The resulting transport portfolio creates a series of urban flows, from the fast pace of the underground, to the medium pace of the street, to the slow pace of the sky garden. Elevated above the road network, the sky garden also allows for easy access between adjacent plots.
The sky garden terminates at a major public space to be known as “Performance Park,” featuring an Opera House and Convention Center directly linking the city to Qianhai Bay. Meanwhile, the city edge is celebrated by a distinctive landmark tower.
Qianhai is an exciting and dynamic emerging urban center. Having the opportunity to create this bold and confident intervention will focus the city’s attempt to create a rich and diverse, culturally led public realm. This in itself will become the key element in how the city will naturally grow and develop over the coming years. -Richard Rogers, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners