Shenzhen super city-2 Photos: Urban Future Organization/CR-Design

Proposed in Shenzhen, China: a 16-million-square-foot “super city” within the city, complete with a 2,230-foot tower — which would be the second tallest building in the world.

Situated on an 87-acre site across the bay from Hong Kong, the development proposal promises to be as environmentally-friendly as it is physically imposing, boasting a green energy system to harvest solar power, wind, rainwater and even algae. The development would also have an air filtration system to combat the region’s pollution.

The design proposal, called Cloud Citizen, is the winner of the Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan Competition and comes from Urban Future Organization and CR-design, with an assist from Swedish regenerative experts at Chalmers Technical University. The plan includes office and retail space, residential units, parks and public spaces — all connected by a network of skybridges.

Will the proposal ever make it past the conceptual stage? Perhaps. The design competition was, after all, commissioned by the City of Shenzhen with the hope of creating a new iconic financial district, reminiscent of places such as La Défense in Paris or Canary Wharf in London.

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