Shenzhen Stock Exchange
Landscape design for public squares, adjacent park, roof podium and interior gardens of the Stock Exchange Tower.
The city of Shenzhen counts 179 parks and is proud to lead in national greenery coverage with 15.1 m2 of greenery per capita. Nevertheless, the City plans to build 100 more parks in the coming years to turn Shenzhen into “a city of parks”. Inside Outside’s aim is to turn the landscape design for the new Shenzhen Stock Exchange Tower and Square into one of these ‘100 parks’, enriching Futian District with four types of gardens that represent and reinforce the new buildings architectural and cultural ambition.
A series of Ground, Courtyards, Roof and Sky Gardens serve as cooling screens for the building’s interior and exterior climate and as relaxing areas for the staff.
Since the cultural exchange between the Chinese and Western cultures in the 16th century and the translation of the great Chinese classics into European languages in the 17th century, Confucianism has greatly inspired western philosophy. This exchange is visualized in the Sino-European garden where European geometry is combined with the studied asymmetry of the Chinese garden.
In the Chinese and Western European garden elements such as the circle and the path – both the straight and the meandering path – are important ingredients.
This design considers the Stock Exchange building and its gardens as a place where this mentality of merging cultures and ages could be rendered in a contemporary manner. By interweaving building and garden, interior and exterior, public and private information and art, aesthetics and function the design concept aims to integrate the past, present and future.
The building stands on a 4.5 hectares site and encompasses space for office, technical support, research, training, convention and public services. At the ground floor level the total public open space of the project is 38,800 m² and of that a total of 8000 m² is softscape or open ground. The total landscape areas at the podium, courtyards and sky gardens amounts 9000 m².