schlaich bergermann partner is part of the multi-disciplinary design team, led by Grimshaw Architects, alongside Mott MacDonald, AVIC CAPDI and BJUCD that has been selected as the winner of an international competition for Shenzhen Airport East Integrated Transport Hub. The team also includes Atelier Ten and Gross Max.
The winning proposal will improve the journeys of thousands of daily commuters – providing effortless transfers between high speed rail and other public transport modes. The hub will also provide connections and terminal facilities for passengers travelling to and from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, making it one of the most integrated transport interchanges in the world.
schlaich bergermann partner supported the consortium with the design of the roof and the facades: The structural system of the roof will be entirely modular and features steel grid-shells, that are supported and interconnected by slender tree columns, forming a rigid portal-frame system. The hub’s facades are designed as pre-stressed and glazed cable-nets, achieving a high level of transparency and elegance.
The project will be an exemplar of environmental sustainability and will achieve LEED Platinum and Chinese 3 Star rating through a highly economic architectural solution that uses materials efficiently and maximises repetition of components.
The design takes its inspiration from the Mangrove, a tree that has special significance for the city of Shenzhen and is one of the planet’s most effective carbon absorbers. The natural form of the tree’s diverse root eco-system, which thrives where waterways converge, inspired the journey passengers will take, both above and below ground, landside and airside, while its bio-diversity will be in harmony with the hub’s exciting mix of uses.