Prince Plaza Tower in Shenzhen

Location: Shekou District, Shenzhen, China

Prince Plaza Tower in Shenzhen

Photos by Seth Powers

Prince Plaza, designed by OMA / David Gianotten and commissioned by CMSK (China Merchants Shekou Holdings) opens in Shenzhen, China. The mixed-use podium tower is located at Shekou’s most prominent view corridor linking the Nanshan mountains and the Shenzhen Bay.

Prince Plaza Tower in Shenzhen

An ensemble of four bars with multiple sky decks, the tower offers ideal vantage points for both tenants and the public to enjoy vistas of the city’s natural environment, while responding to the scale of the existing urban fabric.

Prince Plaza Tower in Shenzhen
Prince Plaza Tower

OMA Managing Partner – Architect David Gianotten: “Prince Plaza engages with Shekou’s dynamic context formed by its mountains and sea, industrial fabric from the early reform era, and recent skyscrapers. Its three sky decks are important design features. They are public spaces for everyone to appreciate the area’s natural environment through the city’s main view corridor. They also break down the otherwise monolithic skyscraper to create an architecture respectable to buildings of distinctive scales in its surroundings.”

Prince Plaza Tower in Shenzhen

The 200-meter tall office tower offers 60,000 sqm office space. Its fluted façade, with extra wide glass panels, enable office tenants to visually connect with the mountains and the sea. The sky decks—serving both tenants and the public—are highlighted by a hexagon-patterned facade inspired by hills and waves.

Prince Plaza Tower in Shenzhen

The base of the tower is a 40,000 sqm podium mall. It occupies the full length of the orthogonal site to maximise street level retail frontage. A prominent opening—marked by a similar façade as the sky decks—is created at the location through which the view corridor runs. With a porous façade and a roof terrace, the podium mall is an extension of the existing commercial and recreational offerings in the area.

Prince Plaza Tower in Shenzhen
Prince Plaza Tower in Shenzhen

OMA Project Architect Bauke Albada: “No other urban area in Shenzhen has such close proximity to both the mountains and the sea, with a view corridor and many open spaces. We fully utilised these features in our design of Prince Plaza.”

Prince Plaza Tower in Shenzhen

Prince Plaza Shenzhen, China – Building Information

Design: OMA

Client: CMSK (China Merchants Shekou Holdings)
Year: 2012 – ongoing
Status: Completed
Program: Office and Retail
Partner: David Gianotten

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