Goettsch Partners, Lead 8 Design Mixed-Use Complex in China

HONG KONG—Chicago-based architecture firm Goettsch Partners and multidisciplinary architecture and design studio Lead 8, based here, have designed a five-building, 3,444,451-sq.-ft. mixed-use complex in the Qianhai district of Shenzhen, China.

The project is being developed by Horoy Qianhai International Holdings Limited and will be situated on a five-parcel site.

The China Horoy Qianhai Guanze Mixed-Use development is a holistic design, integrating two Class A office towers, a five-star hotel, retail and two serviced apartment buildings. The project vision is to create a new urban complex and an alternative outdoor experience, with accompanying retail and commercial activities for the new emerging financial district in Shenzhen, according to the company.

Lead 8 designed the overall master plan for the development and is directing the planning and design of all the retail and the two apartment buildings. GP is leading the planning and design for the two office towers and the hotel.

“We are honored to be working with Horoy Holdings along with GP on this prestigious development in Qianhai,” said David Buffonge, cofounder and executive director of Lead 8.  “This is an unprecedented opportunity for us to create a dynamic, sustainable urban hub that will solidify Shenzhen’s role as a significant center for commerce in China.”

Operated by Hilton as a Conrad property, the five-star hotel includes 298 guestrooms and features cascading amenity floors and landscaped roof gardens along its western side. These amenity spaces are oriented to face the adjacent green belt and Qianhai Bay, providing guests with exceptional landscape and water views. The guestrooms feature large floor-to-ceiling windows that take advantage of the views, and a variety of amenity spaces and dining options.

The project is currently in the design development phase and is scheduled to start construction in mid-2016.