As one of the cultural landmarks of Shenzhen Bay, Shekou’s fishing harbor, with over 100 years of history, has witnessed the dramatic city transformation of Shenzhen. This natural deep-water port hosts hundreds of fishing boats and functions as a seafood storage and wholesale center. During many project site visits, the author was impressed by the life energy radiating from the dynamic fishing production scene at the harbor front. However, its pocket park spaces and public facilities are clearly in poor condition and not very accessible for surrounding residents living in high-rise apartments. As some land parcels around the harbor will be gradually converted to a new mixed- use complex, called “fisherman’s wharf,” the harbor open space infrastructure is challenged to upgrade its quality and serve multiple functions including both production and leisure, attracting people to come and enjoy the open space with harbor views and an authentic fishing culture.
The fishing park proposal envisioned a high ground and elevated harbor plaza one story higher than the harbor’s existing grade, separating leisure and production space through elevation difference, yet keeping them connected through big seating steps. The high ground park land form offers open view to the fishing harbor while generated green slopes and terraces on the other side, defining social activity rooms, jogging paths with lush planting and plenty of shade. The design respected and preserved the fishing harbor and its old life style, while blending the new into the space. On top the ridge line of high group park, a fishing culture pavilion is proposed as shade structure and small educational building. Inspired by the form of cargo containers at port and fish barrel’s shape, the massing and roof of architecture reflected strong contextual impressions, telling the story of the harbor’s history.
Graphics prepared by Peiwen Yu at SWA Group