Songshan Lake Location

Positioned in the center of the Science and Technology Innovation Corridor of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao, Songshan Lake will be a base for major scientific installations, gathering plenty of high-tech industries. Given the overall positioning that Songshan Lake Science City will be developed as a scientific and technological innovation height and working as an engine for promoting quality development of regional economy, the client is inviting design consulting worldwide to reorganize the programs and redefine the purpose of the island, to push the development of Songshan Lake Science City ultimately. It is a blueprint for city of Dongguan to make the Songshan Lake Science and Technology Convention Center to be a monument for science and technology exchange in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with the belief of “Rooted in Dongguan, Contributing to the Greater Bay Area, and Connecting with the World”.


This project is defined as Songshan Lake Science and Technology Convention Center. It aims to set up an exclusive platform for science and technology exchange to optimize the service system in Songshan Lake Science and Technology Industrial Park, holding various kinds of activities such as high-level sci-tech conferences, forums, academic symposia and product launch. Meanwhile, the project is intended to support the innovative industries and fabricate artistic constructions through the interdisciplinary interaction between science and technology and finance.

Site Aerial Images

The site, embraced by the lake, lies at the lakefront of the core ecological circle of Songshan Lake. With numerous islands, winding coastlines, gentle terrain and abundant vegetation, the natural landscape provides infinite possibilities to stimulate varied cultural expressions embodied by urban public space. Hence, Songshan Lake Science and Technology Convention Center would present an outstanding and distinguished space for communication, exhibition and fellowship. It is performing under the keynote of the ensemble of science, finance and art. This design competition intends to create characteristic spirit of place, providing high-quality facilities for conferences, exhibitions and cultural activities by well-defined programs, logical layout and original architectural forms with intelligence. Furthermore, it would upgrade the mechanism and roles of Songshan Lake Science City and increase its values and impacts in society.

Work Content

For this competition, design teams are tasked with creating urban design and architectural concept proposals for the site (see the Design Brief for details). The first-prize winner shall undertake the task of integrating both urban design studies and concept optimization.

Registration Requirements

a) The competition is open to any design team with relevant project experience from any country in the world. Design firm established within China territory must both own legal documents that are within the validity period and be an independent legal entity or legal representative of other domestic organizations. Foreign design firm must be a legally registered firm in the country or region that the firm is located. Applicants with the same legal representative or direct holding relations shall not register for the competition at the same time. Please note that application by individuals or teams of individuals will not be accepted.

b) We encourage application by multi-disciplinary design consortium (the ’Design Consortium’ shall refer to disciplines including Architect, Urban Plan, Landscape Architecture, Hydrology and Water Resources Engineer, etc.). No more than 3 members of a design consortium may be required. Under no circumstances will any member of a registered consortium sign up at the same time in its name or the form of another consortium.

c) Teams with similar design experience will get priority.

d) The designers involved in this competition shall be officially enrolled in the agency. The chief designer shall be experienced in having directed quite a few projects of the same kind and will be committed to  the competition from inception through to completion. Internationally based applicants may be required to assign at least one proficient Chinese speaker in the design team for better understanding the regional backgrounds and regulations in China.

e) Applicants should submit the Registration Documents as required by the Competition Conditions

f) The chief designer directing the project shall attend the milestone presentation meetings. Should the chief designer present during the competition be inconsistent with the one specified in the Registration Document, the Organizer has the right to disqualify the team from the shortlist and competition.

g) Competition Information Inquiry Website/ WeChat Official Accounts


Phase I: Registration and Pre-qualification

1. The organizer and client will set up a Selection Panel for Pre-qualification. The Selection Panel will evaluate the Registration Document submitted by the design teams from a number of criteria including certificates, portfolio, design team and working approaches. Six teams will be in the shortlist for Phase I. And two alternatives will be selected (in order) simultaneously, for being the substitutes if any of the 6 teams withdraw from the competition.

2. The six teams in the shortlist shall submit the Participation Confirmation on time. 

3. Should any of the shortlist withdraw from the competition not due to force majeure, the organizer and client have the right to disqualify the team from their any other competitions.

Phase II: Architecture-led Urban Design

1. The six shortlisted teams shall submit the deliverables meeting the requirements of the Design Brief. The Jury will select three of the six teams to Phase II.

2. Each team is only allowed to submit one design proposal.

3. The planning and design conditions and architectural statistics will be specified and fixed based on the researches and urban design strategies from the six teams.

Phase III: Architectural Concept Design 

1. The three shortlisted teams shall submit the deliverables meeting the requirements of the Design Brief. The Jury at Phase II will select two finalists of the three teams and recommend them to the Bank of Dongguan, who will ratify the order of the two finalists ultimately. The first one will be the first-prize winner, whose proposal will be the final proposal.

2. Each team is only allowed to submit one design proposal.

Competition Timetable




Registration and Pre-qualification


June 30, 2020

Competition opens and registration begins

July 10, 2020 (10:00 a.m. Beijing Time)

Deadline for early registration

Please email the filled Appendix 1: Early Registration Form in Word format to

July 13, 2020 (15:00 a.m. Beijing Time)

Deadline for The Registration Document submission

July 17, 2020 (Tentative)

Pre-qualification evaluation

July 17, 2020 (Tentative)

A shortlist of 6 design teams announced

Phase I:

Architecture-led Urban Design

July 20, 2020

Site visit and Q&A

Submit a scanned copy of the filled Participation Confirmation physically

July 20 – August 29, 2020

Q&A cycle

July 20 – August 30, 2020

Concept design cycle

August 31, 2020 (Tentative)

Evaluation meeting

September 1 to September 10, 2020

Urban design conditions will be specified and serve as a design basis for Phase II.

Phase II:

Architectural Concept Design


September 11 to October 23, 2020

Q&A cycle

September 11 to October 25, 2020

Design cycle

October 25, 2020

(15:00 p.m. Beijing Time)

Submission deadline

(The delivery address will be supplied to the shortlisted competitors at the appropriate time)

October 26, 2020 (Tentative)

Evaluation meeting

October 30, 2020 (Tentative)

Determine the first prize proposal

The Client will set up a Jury Panel to determine the first prize winner based on the recommendation of the Phase II Jury. The first prize winner's proposal will be the final proposal.

October 30, 2020 (Tentative)

Winner announced

Note: The above timetable adopts Beijing time and is subject to adjustment by the Organizer and Client.


The six shortlisted teams through the pre-qualification will each receive an honorarium of CNY 1 million for completing the Phase I (Architecture-led Urban Design). An extra honorarium of CNY 1 million will be provided to each of the three shortlisted teams at Phase I for completing the Phase II (Architectural Concept Design).

The first-prize winner will receive a prize of CNY 3.5 million and be responsible for the final refined deliverables by taking advantages of all other proposals. The final achievement should be confirmed by the Client. Meanwhile, the second-prize winner will receive a prize of CNY 0.5 million.

A Summary of Honorariums and Prizes (for the six shortlisted design teams; unit: CNY)


1st prize

2nd prize

3rd prize

The other three teams


1 million

1 million

1 million

1 million for each

Phase I: Architecture-led Urban Design

1 million

1 million

1 million


Phase II: Architectural Concept Design

3.5 million

0.5 million



In total

5.5 million

2.5 million

2 million

1 million for each

Organizer: China Resources Land (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Client: Bank of Dongguan Co., Ltd.

Supervisor: Dongguan Songshan Lake Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone Administrative Committee


Ms. Yang, Tel: +86 138 2886 3942