AIA International Region Honors Shekou Contemporary Art and Culture Center

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The Shekou Contemporary Art and Culture Center was named a winner in the 2017 American Institute of Architects' International Region (AIA IR) Design Awards. The development received a Merit Award in the Unbuilt category, which recognizes designs that, for reasons beyond the architects' control, will not be constructed. 

A mixed-use development comprising a museum, exhibition venues, and public space, the Shekou Contemporary Art and Culture Center was designed for the industrial waterfront of the Shenzhen Bay. Contrasting with the surrounding landscape of large footprint, singular buildings, the project recalls the spatial character of China’s networks of urban alleyways and vegetated courtyards.

Commenting on the selection of the project, "The jury recognized the potential to repurpose the older industrial buildings, while utilizing the opportunity to incorporate new installations connected by a defined system of spaces and precincts. In particular, the jury appreciated the intentions of the project to break down the barriers often associated with the design of cultural space, allowing uses to be visible and accessible to a wider public."

The AIA IR Design Awards program recognizes exemplary architecture and design achievements that improve the built environment. This year's winners were honored at the AIA IR Conference in Prague in October.

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