Foster + Partners has won a competition to design new residential towers in Shenzhen. Called Qianhai Talents’ Apartments, the towers aim to attract for professionals who would have an intensive work-centred lifestyle. The project creates modern layouts that redefine the residents’ living experience.
The design targets mostly single or living away from their families, since their primary desire is for privacy and exclusivity, while also craving a sense of community in a relaxed environment.
“As working practices evolve rapidly, so do patterns of living. The residential rental sector in China is fertile grounds for innovation as more people move to the cities in search of opportunities. Located at the heart of Qianhai financial district, the Talents’ Apartments recreate the intimate feeling of home. The shared spaces within the complex facilitate real connections and create positive impact on people’s lives.”, said Foster + Partners
Research into co-living spaces revealed a common theme – food.
As the team explains, “a small kitchenette in every apartment provides the necessities while grouping the remaining area to form a new common shared space for communal cooking. The shared kitchen groups twelve residential units across three levels to form a cluster. It is a place where people can gather, food, sharing ideas and lives.”
The triple-height shared dining space is both a cultural and a social heart for the residents. The communal dining space is formed with a podium deck, while amenities include the residents’ clubhouse, wellness and spa centre, resident townhall and co-working space.
The key element of the project is to provide future flexibility and modular construction which allows for prefabrication, while saving time and ensuring quality control.
Two shear walls enclose every two apartments, allowing flexibility to combine the units in the future. Although each unit type may differ, interior elements within these units are standardised and allow for construction efficiencies.