Shum Yip Upper Hills


Type: Mixed-use/Urban renewal

Location: Futian, Shenzhen

Gross Floor Area: 932,708.31m²

Design: 2011-2017

Completion: 2019

Services: Conceptualmasterplanning/Urban renewal entitlement plan/Executive architect/Constructiondocuments

Client: SHUM YIP



Shum Yip Upper Hills, located at the site of SEG-Hitachi Industrial Park in the north of Futian District in Shenzhen City, is one of the first key projects for Shenzhen’s Urban Renewal Program. In 2011, CAPOL undertook the project. In the planning and preliminary research phase, CAPOL creatively proposed the concept of “Connecting Urban Spaces”, which is to connect Lianhua Mountain with Bijia Hill to form a multi-typed urban landscape that allows people to “roam in mountains and valleys”.

As the project moved forward, world-leading design teams, such as SOM, ARQ, URBANUS, ARUP, engaged themselves in the project. CAPOL, responsible for project planning, design and overall coordination, undertook the design of two super high-rise tower buildings in the southern area, three high-rise buildings for industrial R&D use, one banquet hall and commercial skirt building. Together, they explored new ways of presenting commercial complexes.

The 378m and 292m high twin towers, as the project’s landmark, stand on the southeast side of the plot. The higher tower adopts a new force resisting system composed of 8 giant columns, core tubes, frame beams and surrounding belt trusses. The building offers the panoramic view of the city and the mountains, as well as the experience of working in a floating and unconventional building. At the top of the building is Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which overlooks the 360-degree panoramic view of Shenzhen City. The north side of the building serves as the auxiliary building containing the banquet hall. The solid and ethereal “viewfinder” frames modern life, nature and humanity.