BDP will create fresh gateway to Shenzhen in redesign of Nan Tou

BDP has won a competition to design a town square, streets and a public park in the Nan Tou historic quarter of Shenzhen in China.

The winning design was influenced by both historic and contemporary structures, and some historic buildings and spaces have been identified for restoration.

A new park and a network of pathways that extend from the city will contain a series of lawned terraces, water channels and shade structures.

A lotus pool with waterfalls, interactive fountains and a reflecting solar pool will provide a symbol of regeneration at an important gateway to the city.

The design will encourage people to walk along the historic city wall, which will form a connection between the city and its park.

BDP director Nick Edwards said: "Nan Tou is a hidden treasure with a proud and important history. It contains many valuable built and natural assets, has characterful streets and spaces, is largely free from vehicles and has the potential to be a great place in which to live, work and spend time.

"This project presents a tremendous opportunity to incrementally repair the buildings, public realm and open spaces of the city in a way that respects its heritage and the needs of its people."

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