Antuo Hill had been the site of a large-scale blasting project starting in 1997, with about half of the hill being excavated in order to provide stone for urban reclamation. Now this urban memory is planned to be preserved and elaborated on through the development of a museum cluster that will restore a damaged ecology and bring together more than 10 national and provincial institutions, forming a new cultural highlight for Shenzhen and the greater region.
The edge of architecture can define the character and attitude of an entire building complex. llLab. and L+CC try here for a more delicate approach, drawing lessons from local nature in order to find a resonance in design. Then, in between high-density urban development and a mountain landscape, new connections between architecture and city and people can be established.
The Cultural Quarries complex is like a small city. Just like art itself, it creates an unknown but tangible spatial framework in the continuous process of pursuing borderless and innovative breakthroughs. Artists exchange and explore here, while citizens can approach and comprehend their works, all within an environment that is intimately tied to nature and history.
The functional frame shaped by the combination of architecture and landscape can flexibly respond to the ever-changing needs and interpretations of the future. From the exhibition space to the civic space, from an independent building to an artistic landscape city, it continues its vitality, as nature is endless. Source by llLab.
- Location: Shenzhen, China
- Architect: llLab.
- Project Team: Matt Eshleman, Fei Chen, Yang Lu, Lingkong Yin, Yihui Zhao, Ziyu Wei, Lingling Liu, Yujun Yan, Luis Ricardo, Hanxiao Liu
- Museum Exhibition Design: Aric Chen
- Landscape Design: Land+Civilization Compositions
- Team: Jason Richard Hilgefort, Changding Li, Xinxuan Zhuang, Peiqi Liu, Zurun Yu
- Local Design Institute: CITE Group Shenzhen Urban Planning & Design Co., Ltd
- Team: Ping Huang, Yu Bai, Yifan Liu
- Total Project Area: 102,697 m2
- Construction Area: 167,400 m2
- Project Year: May 2021
- Images: Courtesy of llLab.