In Shenzhen, China—in response to the work plan of the municipal Party committee and the municipal government, and based on the functional positioning and future development demands of Shenzhen Working People’s Cultural Palace—the International Bidding of Architectural SD for Overall Renovation of Shenzhen Working People’s Cultural Palace has been officially launched.
It’s hosted by the Shenzhen Federation of Trade Unions and Luohu District Government, Shenzhen and organized by Shenzhen Metro Group Co., Ltd., in a bid to seek the most creative proposals from all around the world.
Shenzhen Working People’s Cultural Palace (Shenzhen Staff Service Center) (“the Cultural Palace”) is a public welfare institution affiliated to Shenzhen Federation of Trade Unions. It was built in 1953 in the name of Bao’an County Worker’s Cultural Palace. It is located in the core area of Luohu District adjacent to Dongmen Commercial Pedestrian Street, a key section covered by Guangzhou-Shenzhen Intercity Railway. On the south of the Cultural Palace, there is a metro station for interchange between three metro lines, serving as a citywide passenger transport hub. The main function of the Cultural Palace is to offer culture, art and vocational training and accommodate recreational and sports activities for the working people. It is a front of Shenzhen Federation of Trade Unions to serve and a bridge linking closely with the working people.
With the rapid development of the city, the existing building of the Cultural Palace can no longer keep up with people’s increasing demands for recreational and sports activities. This makes it extremely urgent to renovate and upgrading the building. The new Cultural Palace will be a complex cultural landmark integrating culture, art, and public and supporting services. It will promote the upgrading and transformation of Dongmen Commercial Circle and create a fashion art center with regional influence in the future.
The Project neighbors People’s Park on the north, Shen Nan Da Dao on the south, the Guesthouse and Dongmen Commercial Circle on the east, and Buji River on the west. It enjoys prominent location and pleasant natural environment. The site area of the Project is nearly 60,000m2, while its existing GFA is about 26,900m2.
The bidding will involve three stages: prequalification, schematic design, and bid finalization. Stage 1 (prequalification) involves urban design research and architectural conceptual design. The scope of urban design research covers the Cultural Palace, the Guesthouse, Dongmen Commercial Circle, Buji River and the residential district on the west of Buji River.
Referring to the Charging Standards for Engineering Survey and Design (2002 Revision) jointly formulated by the State Development Planning Commission and the Ministry of Construction, and the Announcement on the Preliminary Plan for Overall Renovation of Shenzhen Working People’s Cultural Palace (Shen Fa Gai  No. 248) issued by the Development and Reform Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, the SD fee of the Project is tentatively determined at about RMB 22 million yuan, while the construction content, size, standard, total investment and design cost shall be subject to the project approval documents.
- 1st place (one winner): the 1st place will win the bid and obtain the design contract.
- 2nd place (two winners): each will receive Two Million Yuan (￥2,000,000.00) as stipend.
- Other shortlisted bidders (12): each will receive Eight Hundred Thousand Yuan (￥800,000.00) as stipend.