We are happy to let you know that an international competition is on full swing to design a passenger terminal building traversing the Shenzen River to connect the mainland to Hong Kong. Strikingly, one of the proposals is 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 reminds us of the traditional Chinese landscapes with its diamond-shaped multi-colored windows and references at its roof. Conceived as a monument symbolizing the unification of the mainland and Hong Kong, the green building is sure to make it into history.
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 illuminated the inside of the building and allow a visual contact between the different levels.
In order to make it look like a typical South China landscape, a green roof braces the entire roof of the passenger terminal building. The roof also provides thermal and acoustic insulation and reduces energy consumption and temperature fluctuations inside. The exterior of the building features multi-colored trapezoidal windows to let in diffused daylight. Computer controlled windows are designed to open so as to encourage natural ventilation.
However, it doesn’t have a chance of winning as the project was never submitted on time owing to some delays at the post office. Now matter, it has won the hearts of green enthusiasts around the globe. So, hats off.
(via Edit! Architecture)