Masterplan to reshape Luohu recognised at HKIP Awards

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
27 November 2019

Arup has won the Merit Award at the HKIP Awards 2019 for its masterplanning and urban design on the renewal of Luohu (Buji River Watershed and Luohu Checkpoint Area) in Shenzhen, China.

Organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP), the annual award recognises planners for their outstanding achievement in town planning and encourage pursuit of excellence in good planning principles and practices.

Buji River Luohu Checkpoint, Shenzhen

Blessed with the presence of both the Buji River and the Luohu Checkpoint, Luohu became a densely populated district in Shenzhen to benefit from development opportunities afforded by China’s economic reforms in the late 1970s, however has since been outshone by other emerging economic centres such as Futian and Qianhai, and is in need of a new identity.

With the aim to revive the area and reconnect people to the Buji River, we designed a new ‘Station City’ hub which focuses on reshaping the area around Buji River and integrating the local metro network with potential links to the future high-speed rail station. To provide a dynamic new urban realm, we have also designed a new economic centre in the vicinity of the Luohu Checkpoint to accommodate emerging commercial, education and professional services linked to Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, strengthening cross-disciplinary collaboration on architecture, transport, sustainability and infrastructure between the two regions.