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— by lynne myers; following a competition to design a new cultural development in shenzhen, china, mecanoo has been awarded 1st prize with its proposal to create ‘a building that breathes’. situated in the futian district, the proposed civic culture center intends to reinvigorate one of the city’s oldest and densest areas by providing a huge variety of functions over a total area of 1,001,044 ft2 (93,000 m2). focusing on semi-open spaces and forming a place filled with greenery and natural daylight, the winning scheme boasts ‘sky gardens’ and a lush ‘garden lobby’.

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July 16, 2019