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Foster + Partners has designed a new development for Shenzhen, China. Guangming Hub will include a series of greenery filled towers inspired by traditional Chinese gateways and incorporate virtual reality and autonomous vehicle technologies.

 

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Each of Foster + Partners’ recent projects has incorporated significant greenery, and this is also the case with its newly revealed Guangming Hub. Slated for the bustling Chinese megacity of Shenzhen, it will include a series of greenery filled towers inspired by traditional Chinese gateways and also incorporate virtual reality and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Guangming Hub will be built around a high-speed rail link connecting Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The development will create multiple new office towers, as well as retail space, landscaped areas, a museum, and three new metro lines. Foster + Partners also mentions AR and VR technology, as well as an intriguing-sounding “network of slow-moving autonomous vehicles,” though alas the firm isn’t offering any further details on that, nor the height of the towers, at this early stage.

“A large retail podium sits atop the underground metro and intercity link stations, with stepped green terraces that create a link with the surrounding forest, looking onto the central green spine,” explains the firm in a press release. “There are a series of office towers, situated at cardinal points across the site. Inspired by the traditional Chinese gateway that marks important entryways, these towers are envisaged as ‘gateways’ to the hub.

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