Shenzhen Talent Park is the first high-quality urban park with the theme of “talent” in China. It is linked with Shenzhen Bay Park and Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre, and close to Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarter Base as well as the core area of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The theme of “talent” in the park was highlighted through the four strategic sectors, encouragement, communication, activity and publicity in a light, natural and artistic expression.
▼ 公园鸟瞰图，aerial view
Where the park is located used to be an ocean area, and it has now become the biggest piece of urban green land in Houhai area. The only impression and perception of this place was about the F1H2O UIM World Championship Shenzhen in 2007, and it has faded from people’s memory gradually since 2009. With the city development, as well as the construction and opening-up of the 15km littoral zone along Shenzhen Bay, the future of the site becomes a big question mark in the development of the coastal area.
Life contains poetry in daily details
Landscape designer Zhu Jie has accompanied development of this special zone for ten years. As a consistent surface structure, the whole park supports and nourishes natural ecology. Simultaneously, it supports and serves a human ecology system with integrated functions, and offers experience of various urban public space, while bears the features of this zone and balance the implementation between theme expression and public services. Landscape of the park is not only an element for the park, also is an open space structure and accelerant that form urban morphology and function.
▼ 艺术公园承载开放活动和户外艺术，art park carries open activities and outdoor art
As an urban green park, it provides the public with a relaxing and recreation place, the youngers and elders can enjoy their exercises and leisure, while children can have as much fun as they can in the park, people can wander, talk, enjoy themselves and find their own domains.
Venue awakens memory with flow
In order to awaken the memory of sea for this urban green land which was born from land reclamation, and a park can be a good carrier of original spirit of this land. From visual sense to consciousness, the park is injected more ocean elements to the place in a more direct way. Concept of “flow” is kept in the whole design: first, space is flowing. Many square spaces are modified with more relaxed curves. At the same time, different kinds of ornamental grasses are used to soften straight boundaries and spaces and offer natural fun. What’s more, different walking paths are designed to allow people to have special connection and interaction.
▼ 亲水潮汐广场，tidal square
▼ 芦苇丛弱化硬质边界，reeds soften straight boundaries
With three strategies of “flowing, flexibility and boundary”, the designer expects to build a non-stagnating, non-isolated and non-fixed public space system. Based on the feature of water resource of the place, the design shows an abstract of the flowing spirit, which means the water is originated from the sea, go through the park and becomes a part of the city; the design also emphasizes integrated flexibility with multiple functions. A 3km-long slow transportation ring is formed as extension and amplification of the 15km-long Shenzhen Bay littoral zone, and strengthens citizen’s feeling about sea.
▼ 亲水平台，waterborne platform
▼ 环湖慢跑道， jogging area
▼ 最美公式长廊，formula gallery
Through separation, cutting and recombination of inner and outer boundaries of the park, boundaries among city, park and water are blurred and multiple interfaces with variety and permeability are formed. Outside the park, public roads surround the park and lead to some isolation. Thus, the designer extends interweaving axis in the park to the city, links accessibility of different paths and uses various landscape elements like trees, lamps, small decorations and VI system to connect senses to surroundings, so as to enhance relations between city and the littoral space. In the park, the original coastal line is separated to form lots of offshore islands, which increases visual spatial levels and forms a transitional zone to the wetlands. With such separation, a coastal line develops into three boundaries, which provides more flexibility to water purification and variety of water fronts.
▼ 游离的岛群砂石滩，sand beach island
Time sustains vitality through process
Timeliness is quite important for a park. However, as four seasons are vague in Shenzhen, the designer creates four seasons in different areas of the park via different deciduous plants and colour verification of plants. In this way, people can feel the flow of time. In spring, golden trumpet tree, red cotton tree and orchid tree blossom; in summer, flame-of-the-forest tree flourishes with passion; in autumn, reed and ornamental grasses become light yellow, a little desolated scene of the season; and in winter, silk floss tree, coral tree and orchid tree, which form a special vital scenery.
▼ 雨水花园，rainwater garden
Landscape of a park is a carrier of many natural processes, which supports existence and lasting of life. While the park is also a carrier of many functions, it brings about and coordinates interfaces between environment and facilities that integrate and exchange with each other. With features of being natural, open, tolerant and diversified, a park will definitely continue overflowing with vigour from today’s vitality.
▼ 无忧落日广场 ，sunset square
▼ 人才公园总图，Talent Park master plan
▼ 人才公园剖面图，Talent Park sections
Total land area: 770,000 ㎡
Water area: 330,000 ㎡
Land area: 440,000 ㎡
Total building area: 4939 ㎡
Green land percentage: 77%
Number of parking spaces: 191+5 coach spaces
Circle runway length: 2.7 km
Bridge length: 222 m
Head of the project and chief designer: Zhu Jie
Main designers: Zhu Jie, Zhang Changrong, Yuan Chong, Li Lianheng, Li Mucong, Xie Yuan, Zhang Kun, Xu Zhicheng
Design support: Feng Yueqiang, Lin Jianjun, Guo Xiaoli, Wan lin, and COM department
Photographers: Zhu Jie, Li Mucong
First bid: December 2007
Winning the bid for Shenzhen Bay Inner Lake Park: June 2012
Winning the bid for Shenzhen Talent Park: January 2017
Shenzhen Talent Park Opens: 1st November 2017