A quick follow-up on our Shenzhen-trip of mid-November, as MovingCities is on the brink of returning to the city. In the third and final installment of our PRD-under-construction series (previous Opera House and the Pearl River Tower), we feature the Rem Koolhaas/OMA Shenzhen Stock Exchange project. Close-ups and bird’s eye.
The news about the winning competition entry for the Stock Exchange was initially broken by Dezeen in December 2006 and followed by new images in January 2007. Construction began in November 2007 on what by OMA is described as a financial centre with civic meaning:
The essence of the stock market is speculation: it is based on capital, not gravity. In the case of Shenzhen’s almost virtual stock market, the role of symbolism exceeds that of the program – it is a building that has to represent the stock market, more than physically accommodate it. (…) Our project is a building with a floating base. As if it is lifted by the same speculative euphoria that drives the market, the former base has crept up the tower to become a raised podium.
MovingCities went checking out what it means when bases creep up buildings. In all honesty, when under construction, the project looks far from floating.
Pictures by movingcities.org