2023 UDAD 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner – Enshang Visitor Center in Yantian, ShenZhen by The Institute of Architectural Design & Research Shenzhen University

The project is located in a mountain depression, about 210m above sea level, about 1.5km away from the city coast, with a total planned land area of 29,509㎡ and a planned building area of 800㎡. Overlooking the Yantian Sea in the east and Wutong Mountain in the west, it is an intertwined point of looking at the mountains and the sea, providing tourists with services such as catering, book bars, exhibitions, and viewing.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2023

Enshang Visitor Center in Yantian, ShenZhen
Public Building (Concept)

The Institute of Architectural Design & Research Shenzhen University

Cai Ruiding

Design Team
Cai Ruiding, Chen Jingwen, He weiyong

Yantian District, Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China


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At the beginning of the design, we thought that architectural intervention should not be encroachment, but restoration. It reflects a humble attitude towards nature and has ecological educational significance. We hope that the building will take the bridge as the anchor point, continue the trend of mountains and seas, build a medium between people and nature, and build a bond between people and people.

The building continues the mountain-sea axis, floating across the mountain depression in the form of a bridge, blending into the dense forest. The image of the site is a covered bridge between the mountains and the sea, bringing the connection between the mountains and the sea closer. The floating mountain-sea bridge makes way for the wetland ecology, and takes “light intervention” as the entry point to reduce the erosion of the original ecology. Bridges and trails of different elevations are used to connect the promenades around the site and integrate into the park promenade system to create a place intertwined with mountains and seas to gather tourists and create a unique experience of interaction between man and nature.

Landscape restoration is to carry out micro-topography reconstruction based on the current terrain, conform to the natural surface runoff, restore the ecology, and reconstruct the diversified ecological landscape. Different wetland ecological regions are divided according to the site, and various biological communities are reconstructed.

The structure adopts nine shear walls + concrete double-layer slabs, which are formed at one time and are wind-resistant and durable. The two sides of the aerial reading room cantilever 5m. The structure uses the steel frame of the surrounding curtain wall as the web member, and forms a one-story vierendeel truss with the beams on the upper and lower floors, which increases the lateral stiffness of the structure and achieves the unity of architectural shape and structural force.Integrated design of building structure and equipment, reducing secondary decoration

The building is integrated into the existing and planned pedestrian system of the park, and the best viewing points and paths are set up. Different locations have different landscape experiences.Respect the existing topography for micro-reformation to form a resilient seasonal wetland landscape for people to move about. The architectural layout responds to the view of the mountain, creating a public activity place with wild charm.