ShenZhong Link

Artificial islands, high-level bridges, a causeway and a tunnel

Dissing+Weitling, ShenZhong Link, artificial island

The ShenZhong Link is a grand and complex mobility project stretching for 24 kilometres and connecting the coastal cities of Shenzhen and Zhongshan in southeast China. The project aims to strengthen the infrastructure in the Guangdong Province to support continuous growth.

  • Shenzhen-Zhongshan, China
    Road Bridges and Tunnels
    2016 - Under Construction
  • Client
    Shenzhen-Zhongshan Link Administration Center
    Collaborator
    COWI
    Size
    24 km
  • The ShenZhong Link consists of two artificial islands, two high-level bridges, a causeway and an immersed tunnel, and it provides a unique opportunity to create an architectural landmark, which coming generations can be proud of. Shenzhen and Zhongshan are located on opposite sides of the Pearl River.

    It has been important to us that ShenZhong Link appears as one link rather than a series of fragments. From above, the main island to the west resembles a classic Chinese kite, elegantly landing on the water. A tail of bridges extends from its body: the Lingding suspension bridge, followed by a long causeway and the Hengmen cable-stayed bridge. The figure has inspired the design, and it ensures visual coherence across each element. The Pearl River estuary is a vast expanse of low, calm water and the main island is designed to minimize its damming effect in the water.

  • Dissing+Weitling, ShenZhong Link, pylon view
  • The ShenZhong Link is a large-scale project. It will include eight traffic lanes in dual directions and have a capacity of 90,000 cars per day. Upon completion, the tunnel will mark a world-record as the widest immersed tunnel with the widest road bores ever built. The suspension bridge will have a bridge span of 1,658 meter, and this type of bridge is the preferred choice to accommodate the strong heavy typhoon winds in the area and ensure optimum wind stability. The main island will accommodate a 15,000 m² conference hall, offices and restaurant facilities, and a promenade.

    Guangdong is one of the richest provinces in China and a major infrastructure upgrade is required to support the continuous growth in the area. The link will contribute to development by reducing the travel time between Shenzhen and Zhongshan from 120 minutes to 20 minutes.

  • Dissing+Weitling, ShenZhong Link, under construction