Hong Kong-based practice Atelier Blur has won a competition to design the new research and development headquarters for Great Wall Technology in Shenzhen, China. Departing from conventional office tower typology, which “blurs into the background of the skyline,” the studio’s key strategies were to explore the duality of the functional requirements, creating architectural opportunities for collaborative spaces between the services. Composed of two confronting towers, an interconnected dual relationship is evoked in a “ying-yang symbiosis.”
Noting that “Shenzhen’s current urban morphology is the result of vibrant and constant economic and social growth,” the skyline of the city has been rapidly changing over the past decade. No longer a manufacturing based economy, it is currently developing into a high technology and service oriented business centre.
The new adminitsrative tower for Great Wall, situated in Nanshan district, is strategically located in the bustling and evolving area of Shenzhen High Tech Industry Park. Listed among China’s five state level High Tech Parks, it is an epicentre