Binhaiwan New District of Dongguan City, located in the intersection between the east and west banks of the urban cluster of the Pearl River Estuary in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, is adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau, closely connected with Guangzhou and Shenzhen, especially the national free trade zones such as Qianhai of Shenzhen and Nansha of Guangzhou, and an important window for Dongguan to open to the outside world. Promoting the construction of Dongguan Binhaiwan New District is a practice of Dongguan to implement the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area strategy and actively integrate into the construction of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen sic-tech innovation corridor, a major strategic plan of Dongguan to seize historical opportunities and create a new growth pole and an exciting point, as well as a significant strategic measure of Dongguan to propel high-quality development.

1. Project Overview

1.1 Project Background

In October 2017, Dongguan Binhaiwan New District (hereinafter as "the New District ") has been formally established. The New District comprises three parts, namely Jiaoyi Bay, Shajiao Peninsula and Weiyuan Island with a planning area of 83.2 km, within which the existing land area is 51.8 kmand planned to be 57.7 kmafter construction. Currently, the New District is positioned by Guangdong Province as the leading area of collaborative development for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, and recognized as one of the ten core innovation platforms of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen sic-tech innovation corridor and a major regional development platform of the Pearl River Delta in the Guangdong coastal economic belt. Furthermore, It is also the important platform for Dongguan to participate and integrate into the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, and has been defined by Dongguan Municipal Committee and Government as the new key engine for Dongguan's future thirty-year economic development.

In order to accelerate its planning and construction with high standard and implement the ecological development concept of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, it is required by Dongguan Municipal Committee and Government to carry out an international bidding for the design of the coastal landscape corridor in the New District with high standard and high quality, and for this purpose invite internationally renowned design firms to involve in its planning and design, as well as its detailed implementation plans. In this way, in combination with requirements of the current city masterplan, it's to build a dynamic coastline and functional zone dominated by leisure & open spaces and public service facilities such as culture, sports, office, and business etc., along the coastline of the New District, and create a coastal landscape leisure belt which is internationally first-class, predominant in the Bay Area and most attractive.

1.2 Competition Goal

This International Competition of Planning and Design for the Coastal Landscape Corridor of Dongguan Binhaiwan New District, is organized by the Management Committee of Dongguan Binhaiwan New District, with an aim to build the coastal landscape corridor into a widow to display urban image, a functional area full of vitality and a dynamic ecological corridor of the New District.

1.3 Competition Scope

The design scope of this International Competition is divided into two levels:

Overall Conceptual Design: to conduct an overall study on the area extending 1-2 street blocks (300-1000 m) from the sea, Maozhou River, Modie River, and Taiping Watercourse to the land (with a planning area of 22.99 km²) and complete an overall conceptual design scheme.

Fig. 1 The Overall Conceptual Design Scope of the Coastal Landscape Corridor

Urban Design & Guidelines for the North Section of Weiyuan Island and the Shajiao Peninsula Section: to carry out urban design for the north section of Weiyuan Island (with a planning area of 4.15 km²) and the Shajiao Peninsula section (with a planning area of 6.35 km²) in regulatory planning level and complete corresponding urban design guidelines.

Fig. 2 Scope of the Urban Design & Guidelines for the Coastal Landscape Corridor

1.4 Competition Content

The detailed competition content includes the following two levels:

1.4.1 Overall Conceptual Design

The coastal landscape corridor of the New District is a long and narrow corridor with certain depth or width, including coastal shoreline, park, wharf, street, partial urban construction area and other elements, and is a principal axis for urban functions with compound zonal distribution. Therefore, it is necessary to treat the coastal landscape corridor of the New District as a whole, handle with the logical relationship between whole system and partial emphasis properly, and construct an overall spatial framework in which emphasis shall be put on different features of partial key points as well as the coordination & consistency among each partial key points as a whole. Carry out research on the natural resources, human resources, landscape system and city image etc. of its waterfront areas; identify the landscape theme, spatial function, spatial form, and landscape image of key nodes in different sections of the coastal landscape corridor; build a low-carbon, safe and convenient traffic system; define the cityscape, architectural style, revetment form, ecological protection and so on of the waterfront area; give full play to the advantages of being surrounded by water; build an overall city image that is exclusive to the coastal landscape corridor of the New District and create a coastal landscape corridor with distinctive features and outstanding ecological environment in which the sea, river, mountain, forest, field, garden and city integrate with each other.

1.4.2 Urban Design & Guidelines for the North Section of Weiyuan Island and the Shajiao Peninsula Section

Deepen the design in aspects such as spatial form, functional layout, transportation organization, landscape construction, key nodes and architectural layout on the basis of the conceptual design; form a urban design scheme in the depth of regulatory detailed planning; meanwhile, turn the scheme into urban design guidelines, in which, the management and control requirements on spatial form, ecology, transportation, furniture, greening and so on for the whole region and for each land parcel shall be defined, and whose deliverables will be incorporated into the detailed control plan.

2. Basic Rules

International competition will be adopted to highlight the open, scientific and practical natures of its planning and design. The International Competition will be divided into three stages, namely, "Prequalification", "Design Competition" and "Follow-up Deepened Design".

A jury panel consisting of invited experts will carry out review respectively at the first two stages. At the stage of pre-qualification, five (5) design firms (and two[2] alternatives) will be selected and issued the Invitation to Formulate the Design Scheme and those invited firms shall attend the site visit together.  At the stage of design competition, the jury panel of experts will vote and rank the five invited firms (in order) by open ballots. The 1st-prize winner will be the winning firm and given priority to get the follow-up deepened design task.

3. Fees

The five (5) design firms with the Invitation to Formulate the Design Scheme, whose deliverables meet the requirements in the Design Brief and evaluated as valid by the jury panel of experts, can win corresponding bonus according to their ranking:

1st Prize: RMB One Million Five Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥1,500,000.00 Yuan);

2nd Prize: RMB One Million One Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥1,100,000.00 Yuan);

3rd Prize: RMB Nine Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥900,000.00 Yuan);

4th Prize: RMB Eight Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥800,000.00 Yuan);

5th Prize: RMB Seven Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥700,000.00 Yuan).

The design firm, that wins the 1st prize in the design competition, will be given priority to the follow-up deepened design task, and after finishing the integration and deepening according to the opinions of the jury panel of experts and the requirement of the Organizer, whose deliverables submitted meeting the requirements of the integration & deepening and accepted by the Organizer, can win the deepened design fees of RMB Two Million Six Hundred Thousand Yuan (¥2,600,000.00 Yuan).

4. Qualification

This International Competition is open to registration globally. Domestic design firms of China shall have the Grade-A Urban & Rural Planning Qualification of PRC and have experience in urban design or landscape design of coastal or waterfront areas, while foreign design firms (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) shall enjoy high international popularity and have experience in urban design or landscape design of coastal or waterfront areas as well. Design firms with experience in the planning and design of large coastal or waterfront areas or practical experience in landscape design are welcomed to register independently or in the form of consortium. If the winning design firm doesn't have the Grade-A Urban & Rural Planning Qualification of PRC, he shall partner with a domestic design firm with corresponding qualification (whose fees have been included in the deepened design fees) to get the follow-up deepened design task.

5. Registration

Design firms who are interested in this International Competition can visit the website of ABBS Architecture Forum (, "Bidding Announcement"), or the website of Shenzhen Urban Design Center (, "Demands"), to download its Working Rule and Design Brief for the specific requirements, and register for it by submitting the application documents and conceptual proposal before 17:00, August 6, 2018 (Beijing Time).