The winning design for Qianhai Talents’ Apartments, a residential project in Shenzhen aimed specifically at the rental market, has been revealed. The project, designed by Foster + Partners, is envisaged as a building exclusively for "talents"—professionals with busy, work-centered lifestyles. For this new building type, the design offers an innovative layout.
Luke Fox, Head of Studio at Foster + Partners said, “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.”
Extensive research into co-living spaces around the world has revealed a common theme that brings people together—food.
Extensive research into co-living spaces around the world has revealed a common theme that brings people together—food. 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. With open views, the three-level shared dining space is both a cultural and a social heart for the residents.
The communal dining space is complemented by the podium deck, offering a tranquil urban oasis for the residents. Amenities such as clubhouse, wellness and spa center, resident town hall, and co-working space sit within the skygardens, where curated events and gatherings will take place.
Future flexibility is key and modular construction allows for prefabrication, saving time and ensuring quality control. Two shear walls enclose every two units, allowing flexibility to combine the units in the future. Although unit types may differ, interior elements are standardized and allow for construction efficiencies.
“We are delighted to have won this design competition and we look forward to developing our proposals for an innovative new residential typology with the client over the coming months,” added Fox.
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