The silent “hills” rest in the arms of Shenzhen Bay.
It is the continuation of cultural and artistic feelings,
It will become a new landmark for disseminating cultural and artistic information.
“I think we should create a monumental building for Shenzhen, not only to meet the expectations of China Merchants, but also to create an important landmark worthy of nostalgia for Shekou and even Shenzhen while matching the quiet and beautiful environment.”
“Chinese people like to say “people”, so this is a “people’s hill”. It is relative, comfortable, natural, and must have strong public attributes.”
——Architect Maki Fumihiko
Analysis of Exterior Design
Maki Comprehensive Planning Office summarized the architectural modeling principles as a combination of “platform” and “pavilion”. The combination of the two strongly reflects Maki Fumiko’s proposition of building a dynamic balance. Such a building is no longer a simple inwardly evolving square box, but extends into the city and becomes a veritable “hill of the people”.
The three major squares are arranged in sequence along the main axis of the building, linking the urban space with the building. The central plaza uses white marble as the theme wall, where the interspersed and overlapped spaces are vividly displayed. The Marina Plaza is located at the entrance of the building and faces the bay. The blue granite theme wall on the square reflects Shenzhen Bay. The cultural square uses red sandstone as the theme wall to guide visitors.
Large Steps Leading to the Roof
The whole building is integrated with the surrounding park and waterfront scenery, and visitors can stroll freely in it and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are large steps leading directly to the roof garden at both ends of the building, running through the north and south, connecting the sea and the city with a smooth flow, extending the city’s activity space and forming a diversified cultural life place.
Stepping up from the big steps, the green landscape slopes around the main building and the roof are filled with plants and lawns of various colors. Many paths run through them, leading to different directions, extending the center of the building to the surrounding city axis.
The building is located in the Sea World area of Shekou, Shenzhen. The main space of the building is twisted to the mountain, sea and city. These three spatial intentions are mapped inside the building, quietly expressing the architect’s understanding of “Shenzhen”, and combining the visual enjoyment inside and outside.
○ 山 Mountain
○ 海 Sea
○ 城市 City
Internal Space Shaping
The Sea World Culture and Art Center is actually far more than a “museum”, but also a complex integrating commerce and culture. In addition to the six major exhibition halls, there are also a stepped mountain-view music lecture hall, Jingshan Theater, a panoramic sea-view multifunctional release space Vision Hall, and a series of commercial, educational and catering spaces.
The interior of the center uses “two intersecting axes” to allow art, culture and commerce to collide and merge. A large number of interactive public spaces are used to create a rich visit experience for the viewers.
Jingshan Theater, which can accommodate 328 people, is the finishing touch of the entire building. The entrance hall on the third floor of the theater has a panoramic view of Nanshan, and the entrance hall on the fourth floor is connected to the roof garden. The theater can be used for lectures and performances.
The Vision Hall
The Vision Hall, covering an area of 800 square meters, offers a panoramic view of Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong through floor-to-ceiling windows. The blue resin floor and the wavy structure of the ceiling contrast with the sea and waves outside the window.