EC3 Reveals Design for a New Dalang Cultural & Sports Center in Shenzhen, China


Courtesy of EC3

Courtesy of EC3

Los Angeles-based studio EC3 has revealed its design entry for a new 14.5-acre, cultural & sports center in Shenzhen’s growing Dalang neighborhood, hosted by the Shenzhen Longhua District Government and the Vanke Real Estate Co.


Courtesy of EC3

Courtesy of EC3

In collaboration with the Design Institute of South China University of Technology, EC3‘s design features a green, urban campus with numerous buildings of different scales and materials. 

The buildings are organized by programmatic anchors including the Performing Arts and Black Box Theaters, swimming pools, and a multi-functional hall. The rest of the site features a series of connectors, including the community center, which links the library to exhibition galleries at the cultural center, and a multi-level atrium space which connects to a multitude of recreational areas.


Courtesy of EC3

Courtesy of EC3

According to the architects, The Dalang Cultural & Sports Center “pays homage to traditional Chinese landscape painting by touching upon solid and void, opaque and transparent compositions in order to achieve an ephemeral character.”

News via: EC3

  • Architects: EC3
  • Design Team: Edwin Chan, RA (Principal in Charge), Yang Li, Connor Covey, Lucas Ting-Yang Li, Keith Marks, Kyle Onaga, Jordan Squires
  • Area: 185.8 m2
  • Project Year: 2018