The Shenzhen Tower
THE SHENZHEN TOWER: NEW SYMBOL OF CHINA’S
The creation of the city of Shenzhen is
one of the most remarkable stories in modern times. It is the story
of the vision of a political body and the industriousness of a nation
and its people. Never before has there been created a thriving metropolis
of 12 million people from a tiny hamlet of 3000 persons in just 26 years.
This is an incredible feat. Shenzhen is unique in that it is a collection
of many people from all over China who are given the chance to create
a new culture, identity and future. What will be the expression of this
new character and identity?
DREAM ISLAND MARINA
Surrounded by a beautiful Mangrove trees and native water plants a circular marina floats at the water’s edge of Dream Island. This floating marina platform connects with 24 inclined ramps from the park and walkway areas of the upper level and leads to the water’s surface. This floating marina accommodates all sizes of boats to dock and park at the island; up to 1000 mid-sized passenger boats, making Dream Island a destination by land or sea.
Paddle-boats and small motor boats can be rented by visitors to explore the Mangrove and floating plants forest and to freely drive around the Shenzhen Bay. Imagine the incredible views of Shenzhen’s city skyline from the waters of the bay! Tours of the Bay would travel from the water’s edge at Shenzhen’s Fu Tien district and travel all the way to Shekou Mountain—not to mention the panoramic views of the distant Hong Kong mountains. All public touring and recreation boats will have a special design unique to Dream island and the Shenzhen Tower.
SHENZHEN TOWER: THE GOLDEN, COSMIC DRAGON
Imagine an inclined tower 600 meters high,
shimmering in reflective gold—the tallest building in the world—angled
7.5 degrees into the wind, with 92 windmills and 70,000 square meters
of photovoltaic solar panels altogether producing 471 megawatts of pollution
free, renewable electrical energy. Imagine this tower facing into the
wind, its spinning windmills glissening in the sunlight like the scales
of a giant, golden, cosmic dragon overseeing the South China Sea, standing
at the geographical gateway to China from the south. The tower itself,
by far, the largest, single renewable energy structure in the world
and Shenzhen will be the capital of renewable energy.
THE OBSERVATION EYE
To reach any one of five observation floors
of Shenzhen Tower a five level vertical train allows passengers to stop
at five levels simultaneously. The train can travel from ground level
to the top five floors in one minute. The vertical “trains”
are made of structural safety glass so visitors can see the ground giving
away under their feet and shooting them skyward to the lofty blue skies
with breathtaking speed—visitors see the entire southern region
of China and the islands of the South China Sea; the shimmering waters
and receding peaks of distant islands. At the top, every significant
natural and human made feature of the region can be viewed and is labeled.
Maps and audio tours will point the visitor in the direction of each
place such as the birthplace of Sun Yat Sen, Guilin, the Ming Wall,
Macao, Hong Kong, Dru Hai, and other special places of the region.
THE GREAT CRYSTAL HALL
At the base of the tower is a great mass
of iridescent, translucent, giant pinnacles forming an explosion of
crystalline glass containing 40,000 total square meters of exhibition
halls, museum, outdoor exhibition patio and interior garden/waterfall/wetlands.
Visitors meander through large and smaller intimate spaces with the
roof peaks reaching 130 meters high. One of the main galleries shows
the ancient history of Shenzhen going back thousands of years to the
first evidence of human existence. A second gallery shows the first
evidence of human presence in the Shenzhen area to 1980 when Shenzhen
was a village of 3000 persons. A third gallery presents the history
of Shenzhen from 1980 to the present and details its decision making
process and planning evolution, its goals and achievements. A fourth
gallery presents the present day planning issues that are currently
being attended to; issues such as ecological applications and the protection
of the natural environment and resources, how to keep the natural and
human-made environment clean, resolving and maintaining a practical
traffic circulation, improving existing buildings and underground infrastructure,
the development of science and technology and more. Another gallery
displays the future of Shenzhen with presentations that address the
new uses of city spaces, the integration of native Shenzhen persons
with new immigrants, the imaginative and best use of available land,
the planning of disaster emergencies, creating a safer environment for
people and protecting the natural environment.
SHENZHEN CITY MODEL
A scale model of Shenzhen will be on display and it will be 7 acres in size. The model will be constantly updated to record and display the changes that occur in the city from year-to-year. The model will visually present the important physical issues of the city traffic circulation, pollution, residential and industrial areas, green spaces, recreation areas, bodies of water, mountains, water circulation and sewage treatment, the location of schools and important public buildings. It will be the most detailed three-dimensional model of Shenzhen ever built.
CHINA NATION MODEL
A scale model of China showing all of its terrain and important buildings will also be displayed. This model reaches 14 acres in size--the biggest scale model in China—and will allow viewers to understand the workings of the water, electricity, agriculture, shipping, transportation, telecommunication and educational systems in the country. Visitors will view the model from a series of suspended walkways above the model to give the feeling of flying over China from one area to another. This model will feature the main features of the terrain including mountains, valleys, fields, and deserts, bodies of water, waterfalls, river and coastal features.
Another area of the Great Gallery features
“changing design” experiential areas. These are specially
designed environments developed by selected architects and designers
from every nation of the world who are, by committee selection, invited
to design and construct approximately 4500 square meters of interior
and exterior space for visitors to enjoy just for the chance to experience
something totally new and different; the more imaginative and unique
Here is an exhibition that allows any
person, regardless of their background, to present their ideas of the
future of Shenzhen—what the future of Shenzhen ought to be. 30,000
RMB, or more, grants would be available to help offset the costs of
providing drawings, color renderings, scale models, writings, sketches,
films, videos, computer graphics, dramatic plays and other mediums to
depict the life and image of Shenzhen in the future. At last, an unlimited
forum for persons to express their ideas and vision for a new city.
ANATOMY OF THE CITY
This permanent exhibit shows how Shenzhen city works and answers fundamental questions of the technical workings of the city. Where does the sewage go? How is sewage treated? Where do we get our food? Where does our garbage go? What happens to the water we use? How do the traffic lights work? How is traffic coordinated? What is it like to be a policeman or firefighter? How is pollution created? All of the characteristics and activities of the city that we take for granted display and explain their functions.
IF YOU WERE SHENZHEN’S MAYOR, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Here is a chance for everybody to exhibit their ideas for improving the city and presenting solutions to the city’s problem issues. Every year 100 people would give their written opinions as to how to lead the city if they were the Mayor. This is open to persons of all ages, from first graders to retirees—anybody with practical and innovative ideas—ideas that can well be taken seriously by the present Mayor.
OPEN DISCUSSION FORUM
Inside the Great Gallery are three auditoriums that accommodate small, medium and large sized gatherings up to 10,000 persons. The smallest of the auditoriums is an auditorium-in-the-round with three levels of seven tiers so that every person in the auditorium can see the face and hear the words of everyone seated. This design allows for heated discussions on a variety of subjects of relevance to the everyday life of people living in Shenzhen and neighboring territories. This auditorium would also be a perfect setting for regional and national communist party conferences.
Imagine entering a world where everything that is very small is suddenly huge and we humans become the size of insects exploring a seemingly alien world of nature. Blades of grass are 6m meters high. A snail is as big as a villa. A grain of sand is the size of a boulder. Discover the world of nature; climb up spider webs. Slide down ant nests. Explore the world of mineral crystals, microscopic organisms and nature’s hidden world. The ground is a series of hidden foam mats that persons, young and old, can play and roll around without injury. Everyone is encouraged to rediscover his or her curiosity and youth, and to learn about the natural world we live in but do not usually see.
The medium and large sized theatres of the Great Gallery, designated for entertainment use include music, theater, circus, dance, and opera events. The building also houses symphonic and small music group performances, lectures, movies, and multi-media presentations. Shenzhen can very well become the entertainment destination of southern China
THE GREAT PEARL BALL
With its 22,680 square meters of enclosed
area, “The pearl ball” is a spherical aluminum and glass
structure of 65 meters in diameter with a 50-meter exterior waterfall
dropping from the equator of the pearl ball. It features a rotating,
perforated skylight system, not unlike a saltshaker top that turns to
open and turns to shut, to let in direct sunlight and fresh air. This
allows stale interior air to escape through the ceiling where it naturally
wants to go. The glass surface panels feature sand blasted distinctive
patterns unlike anything seen before.
Inside the pearl ball is an inner sphere housing the Planetarium, a spherical room that allows visitors to “see” the galactic universe of stars, planets, solar systems and galaxies that surround our earth. Every hour a Planetarium show presents exhilarating travels through the universe which show how planets were formed, how stars explode, the birth of the earth, black holes, the theories of time and space travel, the principles of relativity and the thoughts of Einstein and so much more! Imagine what you would see if you were riding on a beam of light? How would the world change if you traveled into space at the speed of light and then came back? Would the earth have changed? Would you be older or younger? These and so many other questions are answered as visitors “travel” into space inside the Planetarium. The Planetarium is a great forum for young and old to understand the incredible world beyond the sky.
The pearl ball contains educationally
based activities; an Exploratorium/Nature World Experience where persons
of all ages can interact with natural phenomena and learn about nature’s
processes and products; a leadership-training program for children to
develop life long interest in nature, social causes and public issues.
THE ANNUAL SHENZHEN TOWER STAIR RUN
The tower contains 4000 stairs to the top observation level. An annual international stair run competition determines who can run up and down the 4000 stairs in the fastest time. The top three finalists receive trophies and the fastest person deemed the World’s Greatest Stair Runner since the Shenzhen Tower is the highest building in the world with the greatest amount of stairs.
UNDULATING WALKWAY ACCORDING TO EINSTEIN
The outdoor areas surrounding the tower all feature undulating sidewalks, grassy knolls, flowers and large trees. Areas of the main walkway wend and heave in spectacular ways giving this two square block area a tremendous distinction and fun loving ambiance. Nothing is regular and uniform. It is as if gravity went berserk. It would be unlike any place in the world. It is a spatial universe according to Einstein come alive for everyone to experience.
Surrounding the plaza area is a curved wall where movies can be projected and shown to the public at night. During the winter, spring and fall months, the Tower Plaza shows movies three times a week attracting huge, curious crowds and possibly becoming the most popular gathering place in Shenzhen for those who like to be outdoors on cool nights.
GOOD TIMES PLAZA
A curving sunken plaza is located near the Great Crystal Hall featuring three walls of waterfalls and two outdoor restaurants. It is a place of music, outdoor cafes and good time fun. Musicians play softly into the night and the young and old gather in merriment and relaxation. Waterfalls create a cool outdoor space of moving air.
A remarkable city deserves a remarkable symbol to elevate it into the realm of immortality. The Shenzhen Tower is not just a signature for Shenzhen it is a standard of collective vision and achievement for all of China and represents many of the values of Chinese culture that made China endure as the oldest civilization in human history. China’s mutually dependent relationship of nature and humanity, the preservation and protection of the environment, and the bold expression of human invention and ingenuity, reflect the desire to reach into the sky and to dare to go beyond the realm of possibility. The spirit of coaxing the unknown with an intensity of collective effort to create great works proves the characteristics of the Chinese spirit inherent in such an artful structure. The Shenzhen Tower becomes the modern symbol of China entering a new era on the global stage. It is a symbol of leadership, daring, culture and environmental conscience. Let all nations take notice that China is coming!
Height: Rises to 600 meters.
Photo Caption (Tower from the east—from Di Wang building): A view of Shenzhen Tower from the top floor of Di Wang Da Sha showing Dream Island’s proximity to downtown Shenzhen and its place in the sea waters of Shenzhen Bay. Everyone feels the Shenzhen Tower’s presence, seen from downtown Shenzhen all the way to Shekou.
Photo Caption (View of The Great Pearl Ball waterfalls and landscaped garden areas): A view of what visitors will see when they are picnicking and walking through the beautiful grassy fields, trees and garden area which surrounds the Shenzhen Tower.
Photo Caption (Aerial View of the tower base and Dream Island surrounded by floating mangrove and water plants): The view shows how the entire island is surrounded by a ring of floating Mangrove trees and water plants which clean the waters of the bay and provide a beautiful marina for boating and sea water observation on 24 floating platforms.
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