East Dike Dapeng Shenzhen [CN]

'East Dike' is Shenzhen’s Eastern coastline in China, a 130-kilometer coastline of Dapeng, a green peninsula in the bay between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. In September 2018, the typhoon Mangkhut damaged the infrastructure of the peninsula to various degrees. An international competition was launched to develop a plan to restore the coastline and raise protection standards against the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events. KCAP + Felixx developed the ‘Triple dike strategy’, a multifaceted dike system that allows for an integrated approach towards the climate adaptive reorganization of the shore.  Water safety strategies are connected to eco-development and nature restoration. This creates a resilient framework for social and economic growth. For 18 kilometers of coastline, KCAP + Felixx is developing this concept into 6 strategic implementation projects. Realization starts this year, and is expected to be completed in 2021.

The triple dike moves away from a generic protection wall along the coast, towards the creation of three development zones, carefully embedded in current conditions and responding to the specific future needs of every single area. The 1st ‘outer’ dike zone increases the resiliency through wave attenuation, erosion reduction and the enhance­ment of sedimentation. The 2nd ‘middle’ dike is an elevated embankment, to stop the storm surge and the water pushed up by the waves. It’s not a big wall but a multifunctional zone: an exciting hilly park, an elevated waterfront with urban promenades, a tidal park or even a public building. The 3rd ‘inner’ dike is a hybrid structure which man­ages the rainwater following the principle of a sponge city. All runoff from adjacent villages and mountains is buffered, delayed and temporarily stored in rain-parks, raingardens, wet forests, wetlands and green streets.

Dapeng is a mountainous peninsula with lush forests, intersected by riverbeds and creeks, connected to the sea with fantastic sand beaches and impressive rockeries. It offers an extraordinary lush and green environment in the direct proximity of Hongkong and Shenzhen. Along the shore, several small villages originate from fishing communities. Dapeng’s cultural resources and natural settings have fostered the development of tourism, within a vast expending metropolitan area with about 20 million inhabitants. The application of the triple-dike provides a framework to enhance these existing qualities while unlocking potentials for growth. The small-scale identity of the villages is protected by locating new developments within the existing boundaries. Each village’s specific character is strengthened to amplify the rich variation of recreational facilities. To minimize the infrastructural impact on the island, connectivity from the water is enhanced. An interconnected mountain and marine landscape boosts the ecological functioning of the peninsula.


Client Water resource bureau of Shenzhen Municipality
Developer China Resources Land Urban Operation Management(Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. 
Program Masterplan for 130 km coast protection and restoration and detailed elaboration for 18 km of coastline  
Time 2019 – ongoing, realization of Yangmeikeng demonstration zone May 2020 (Yangmeikeng village belongs to one of six reconstruction sites, the realized demonstration area in Yangmeikeng is a first part of the project
Role KCAP + Felixx masterplanner, landscape designer and supervisor
Participating parties Shenzhen Hope Design Co., Ltd. (Landscape Technical Design), CCCC Water Transportation Consultants Co., Ltd. (Engineering), Deltares (Nature-Based Solution Consulting) 
Awards Competition 1st prize, Eurasian Award 2020 (Gold Diploma urban development category), World Landscape Architecture (WLA) Awards 2020 (shortlisted), Re-thinking The Future Awards 2021 (3rd prize Public Landscape Project (Built)), Architizer A+Awards Jury Award (category Architecture + Water)