Shenzhen seeks designs worldwide to redevelop Workers' Cultural Palace
The Shenzhen Federation of Trade Unions, the Luohu district government and the Shenzhen Metro Group jointly held a conference at the Shenzhen Workers' Cultural Palace on January 7 to solicit design schemes for the renovation of the cultural palace.
The conference attracted more than 150 architects from nearly 80 design agencies both in China and overseas.
The cultural palace, known as Bao'an County Workers' Club before Shenzhen officially became a city in 1979, was built in 1953.
According to the Shenzhen Federation of Trade Unions, which owns the cultural palace, the new version should consist of six parts – cultural and sports center, cultural exhibition center, workers' service center, omni-media center, innovation experimental center and subway interchange hub.
It is expected to become a new landmark building in the city as well as a comprehensive urban complex, and will include an underground parking lot with space for 3,000 cars.
The three parties will decide on the final plan at the end of June, choosing from bids submitted from around the world .