Qianhai Floating City, China by PAO

An expression of how urban space can quickly adapt to changing needs

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The Qianhai Floating City activates a barren site with the use of an open spatial framework. Conceived and realized during the Covid-19 pandemic, a time of heightened uncertainty, the project is an expression of how urban space can quickly adapt to changing needs.

▼项目整体概览,overall of the project © 众建筑

▼透视视角,perspective view of the project © 张超


▼分析动图,analyze gif © 众建筑

The project is a flexible framework comprised of rented scaffolding. This structural system can be easily constructed, altered, and disassembled without waste. Qianhai Floating City served as the “Instant City” section of the 2020 Qianhai Future Urbanism/Architecture Exhibition.

▼城市生活框架空间,urban life frame structure © 众建筑

▼前海城瞭望台,observation platform © 众建筑


This show explored new models for city planning based on public participation and bottom-up practices. Such approaches are in contrast to the top-down urban planning that is the convention in Shenzhen, where Qianhai is located.

▼轴测分析图,axonometric drawing © 众建筑


The design of the Qianhai Floating City was a collective effort and the result of discussions between exhibition participants. The structure hosted a range of shifting programs, including movie screenings, lectures, workshops and other public events.

▼瞭望台与剧场之间,between the observatory and the theatre © 众建筑

▼细部,details © 张超


Visitors could traverse the Floating City’s colorful pathways to explore various embedded artwork. And guests were offered encompassing views of the city as they inhabited the three-dimensional grid.

▼夜间远景,night view at distance © 张超

▼夜间近景,night view © 张超

▼剧场与瞭望台夜间灯光效果,night view of the the observatory and the theatre © 张超

▼剧场使用场景,theatre using scenario © 张超

▼瞭望台灯光细部,details of the light © 张超

▼活动场景分析,scenario diagram © 众建筑

▼瞭望台与剧场分析动图,analyze gif © 众建筑

▼平面图,plan © 众建筑

▼剖面图,sections © 众建筑

设计主持:何哲,沈海恩(James Shen),臧峰

Client: 2020 Qianhai Future Urbanism/Architecture Exhibition
Co-Design: Dongxiying Studio, CCDI
Location: Shenzhen, China
Data of Completion: December 2020
Principals: He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng
Project Team: Wang He, Gao Pengfei, Li Zhenghua, Xu Jiaqi
Photographer: Zhang Chao, People’s Architecture Office

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