2 years KCAP Shanghai

KCAP Architects&Planners celebrates the second anniversary of KCAP Shanghai.

In May 2011 KCAP Shanghai was officially opened as the second branch office next to Zurich (CH) and KCAP’s headquarters in Rotterdam (NL).

In its second year KCAP Shanghai managed to intensify the personal relationships with our clients and collaborators and continued successfully its inspiring work in China and other parts of Asia.

Throughout the year KCAP worked on a variety of urban planning and architectural projects, some of which are already under construction, such as the 'Rotterdam Gardens' mixed-use project in  Shenyang.







In the various projects, KCAP pursued its work on urban regeneration processes.

In Shenzhen KCAP, together with local partner Shenzhen Lay-out Planning Consultants Ltd, was selected for the international consultation on the overall Urban Design Guidelines for the regeneration of the Sungang and Quingshuihe areas, as well as for the planning of subunits 1, 13 and 15.

In December 2012, in a two-weeks design workshop in Shenzhen Luohu District, the concept was further developed. The workshop was a collaboration of KCAP with more than 30 local developers, the Urban Planning, Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality and our client Luohu District Land Reform Authority. The approved result is expected in the early third quarter of 2013. It will serve as the statutory document for the urban regeneration of the area.

With projects in Qindao and Shanghai, KCAP focused on the planning of knowledge hubs as catalyst areas in city development.

The 30 ha masterplan in Qindao’s district Chenyang targets with its core 'creative village' the advertising, media and film industry and enables connecting the site to its surroundings in order to profit from the existing qualities.

Next to the urban scheme, KCAP is also responsible for the architecture of the nine buildings of the first phase of the development for which the construction activities have started in December 2012.





The masterplan in Shanghai’s Minhang District also follows the approach to link a working environment with business and creative functions to provide for knowledge sharing and information processing.

This is pursued as well on the architectural level for which KCAP, in close collaboration with a local design partner and the client, designed 31 buildings within the urban scheme.

The first construction works are expected to start in the third quarter of 2013.

Another key topic of our activities in China in the past year is the creation of high quality spaces that connect to important public transport locations.

In Futian District of Shenzhen, KCAP designed a 400 meter high-rise landmark building in the district’s central axis.




In Qian Hai, at the Western coast of Shenzhen, KCAP together with local partner Zhubo, has designed an urban scheme for subunit 20 located on top of two crossing metro stations within the new ‘Water City’.




In various lecture events and expert meetings KCAP was asked to share this specific knowledge and experience. KCAP presented at among others the Urban Planning and Design Institute of Shenzhen (UPDIS), the International Urban Regeneration Forum in Taipei and at Inno Design Tech Expo Hong Kong. KCAP joined several speaking occasions and exhibitions organised by the Dutch Design Work Space (DDWS), one of which the travelling pop-up exhibition 'Dutch Design on the Move' at Beijing Design Week 2012, 100% Design Shanghai and the Hong Kong Business of Design Week. KCAP’s ‘Housing with a Mission’ project was exhibited at CAFA, the Central Academy of Fine Arts and included in the exhibition ‘2020: Housing China’ at the Department of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong in early May 2013.

Appreciation for KCAP’s work has also found its expression in various publications in Chinese architecture books, a two-page interview with Ruurd Gietema in Hong Kong’s free magazine Metro Pop and in articles by Kees Christiaanse such as ‘Shanghai and the transformation of its city quarters’ and ‘Singapore’s last urban breeding ground’. Recently, Kees Christiaanse’s academic ties and research activities in Asia as program leader of the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore (FCL) have been extended by becoming Chairperson of the External Advisory Board of the Architecture and Design Department of the Singapore University of Technology and Design and have led to fruitful cross-fertilizations with PHD-students collaborating with KCAP on project and research level.

For the future, KCAP Shanghai envisions an even wider programmatic and geographical range of activities.

In this context we teamed up for flood defense and urban water management projects in Indonesia and the Philippines and are involved in several urban transit projects in Nanning and Chansha.

We see the necessity to address rising environmental problems such as air pollution and global warming with focusing on sustainability in our designs and we see the demand for specifications in housing typologies for different user groups such as young academics or elderly people. We also aim to integrate our knowledge with BIM and Revit software systems in our working methods in China.

To manage these increasing activities of KCAP Shanghai the team is supported by Mark Dekker since July 2012 as Associate Chinese projects and by frequent collaborations with KCAP design team members from KCAP Rotterdam.

­If you want to know more about KCAP, please feel free to contact us for more information or to arrange a personal meeting.

KCAP Shanghai is located in the Dutch Design Workspace Shanghai (DDWS) and is represented by Mark Dekker (m.dekker@kcap.eu), Xun Huang (x.huang@kcap.eu) and Ya-Hsin Chen (y.chen@kcap.eu) with regular presence of KCAP partners Irma van Oort and Ruurd Gietema.

We thank our collaborators for the inspiring co-operations and hope for a successful continuation of our relations in the future.

KCAP Architect&Planners