City Crossing in Shenzhen was designed as a “flagship” international mixed-use project that the developer could use to model similar developments throughout China.
Opposite Hong Kong, Shenzhen is home to the best and brightest of China’s younger generation. The developer selected a 77,000-SM site in the central business district. City Crossing appeals to a wide mix of age groups, but most important is its appeal to the “matrix consumer”: young, well educated, seeking an experience and convenience to satisfy their sophisticated tastes.
The development is split into three parcels: north, middle, and south. Phase I involves the north and middle parcels – the retail, commercial and entertainment portions of the development. The north parcel contains a 32-story Class A office tower overlooking a tree-lined urban park and sunken plaza on the site’s northernmost point and connects to a primary metro station.
Linking the north and middle parcels is the MIXC, which houses international retailers, an upscale ladies department store, a multiplex cinema, and an Olympic-size skating center surrounded by food courts and restaurants. Layered over six levels, the MIXC contains a sequence of strategically placed escalators to promote vertical flow, essential for its retail viability. Phase II, the south parcel, will combine residential structures and a 300-room hotel with more retail, restaurant, and entertainment locations.
RTKL pushed the envelope for greater planning and architectural creativity by designing larger, cutting-edge buildings and introduced new life-safety systems. Shenzhen re-wrote its building codes after review by China ‘s leading building specialists.
Location: Shenzhen, China
Architect: RTKL Associates
VP-in-Charge: Richard Yuan
Client: China Resources (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
Photographer: David Whitcomb