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‘Cloud Citizen’ Reaches for Record

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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A cloud-shaped multi-use mega-structure that would become the world's second-tallest building has won the Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan Competition, paving the way for a new financial district in one of China's fastest-growing cities.

The 680-meter-tall (about 2,230 feet) complex, called "Cloud Citizen," features a dense arrangement of interconnected commercial, cultural and residential spaces.

Nearly as wide as it is tall, the complex would contain 18.2 million square feet of floor space and be the second-tallest building in the world.

Cloud Citizen
Photos: UFO / CR-Design

Cloud Citizen would create a financial district for Shenzhen in one complex.

Some of the modules appear to be floating in space, and each commercial space would connect to a "skypark" that "acts like a green lung," according to the architect.

Future Cities

“Cloud Citizen is as much a strategy for how to build future cities capable of giving back more to the environment than they cost, as it is a singular iconographic mega building complex with an identifiable and striking skyline giving character and hope to the vision of a greener future enabled by human enterprise,” the architects said in a statement.

The design comes from the Urban Future Organization (UFO), CR-Design and Chalmers Technical University of Sweden.

The complex would include "skyparks" next to commercial space.

The structure, if realized, would transform the city center of Shenzhen, southern China's largest financial center. Located just north Hong Kong, the city has 15 million residents and is one of the busiest container ports in the world. The area has attracted more than $40 billion in foreign investment in the last generation.

Supporters liken the development to Canary Wharf London and the Presnensky District in Moscow.

What's in the Cloud

The 1.7 million-square-foot project is a "continuous metropolis" of three mixed-use towers and "programmed public space suspended in the air," the architect reports. The complex includes office, commercial, leisure and cultural space.

Cloud Citizen is a dense configuration of commercial, cultural and retail spaces. Some of the commercial spaces are designed to look like they are suspended in the air.

More photos are available here.

"Cloud Citizen harvests rainwater; it produces power from the sun, wind and algaes; it stores carbon and filters particles from the air; it provides sanctuaries for wild plants and food production modules; and in sheltered locations of the structure, skyparks provide the cloud citizens with closer proximity to nature, leisure and an opportunities for healthier lifestyles," the architect says.

No price tag or timetable was released for the project.

Indeed, the Shenzhen Center for Public Art said the “execution scheme for this project will need further consideration and shall be implemented after approval by the statutory procedures."



Tagged categories: Architecture; Awards and honors; Building design; Green building

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