Currently in full-effect is an international competition to design a passenger terminal building spanning across the Shenzen River to connect the mainland to Hong Kong. As we await the jury's decision, one of the proposals caught our eye for the Liantang / Heung Yuen Wai boundary control point passenger terminal building came from Prague-based Edit! Architecture. Designed as a green-roofed building that floats over the river, the structure is clad in diamond-shaped multi-colored windows and references traditional Chinese landscapes at its roof. A single building spanning the river to symbolize the unification of the mainland and Hong Kong, Edit!'s terminal building could serve as a visually striking landmark and a gate for both cities.
The building’s soft form appears to float over the river and contrasts with the rigid structure of the surrounding truck parking and. Organization and design of the building largely hinged on traffic and pedestrian circulation. Both ends of the building are lifted to greet passengers and a departure hall is located on both sides. Passengers descend a ramp over the bridge to the arrival hall on the other end. Offices and service spaces are located on the sides of both arrival and departure halls, as well as on two floors above. The floors above are organized around the central atriums, which illuminate the inside of the building and allow a visual contact between the different levels.
A green roof spans the entire roof of the passenger terminal building and is terraced to create an impression of a typical South China landscape. The roof also provides thermal and acoustic insulation and reduces energy consumption and temperature fluctuations inside. The exterior of the building is clad in multi-colored trapezoidal windows to let in diffused daylight. Computer controlled windows are designed to open so as to encourage natural ventilation based on the air temperature, wind flow and direction.
As lovely as Edit! Architecture’s proposal is, unfortunately it doesn’t have a chance of winning. Due to a mixup at the post office, the project was never submitted on time, but we like it anyway!