CRED Awards – Portman Shortlisted Projects


CREDAWARD Award · China is known as “the most difficult award” in architectural industry. The three projects from Portman Architects have stood out from more than 1,600 outstanding works and were shortlisted for the 2020 Design Award. The three projects are JIAN YE LI, which is located in Shanghai Xuhui protected heritage site, Taikang Shenyuan, a high-end large-scale CCRC in Songjiang, Shanghai, and the JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an in Qianhai, Shenzhen.

Jian Ye Li was a French construction company; this site housed the company’s workers and their families. The prestigious Jian Guo Road historic mixed-use development is driven by the comprehensive concept to create a modern international urban destination, promoting Shanghai’s rich culture and diverse history. The original “Shikumen” architecture integrity was precisely restored while the interiors were updated to meet contemporary usage requirements. The 1928 & 1929 designed portions of the project were dismantled and rebuilt incorporating the two-level basement. The 1930 designed portion of the project was left intact and restored to its former beauty. Hotel, serviced apartments, retail and restaurants comprise today’s “Capella Jian Ye Li” community. “Like all Portman-designed projects, Jian Ye Li is designed to be a “people place”focused on delivering an extraordinary human experience.” Said Jack Portman, FAIA of Portman Architects. And, Lell Barnes, AIA, NCARB also said, “It is fulfilling to see Jian Ye Li return to life as the Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li. Protecting, restoring and preserving the integrity of the Shikumen style architecture was a true labor of love.”

JW Marriott Shenzen Bao’an: The project consists of one 26-story hotel tower, one 29-story apartment tower, a 4-story podium and a 3-level basement in the Bao’an business district, bounded on the east by a central green belt and on the south by the sea. The 26-story hotel tower is actually taller than the 29-story residential tower. Taking its form from the water, the water’s edge, and the fluidity of the sea, this hotel and apartment project in Shenzhen, China is composed of soft, sinuous curvilinear forms wrapping the edges of the site and enclosing a private garden in the middle of the block. Gordon Beckman, AIA, the lead designer of this project, has always been deeply interested in the interdisciplinary connections that structure, technology, environmental concerns and transparency play in next-generation architectural thought – and it’s these values and ideas that continue to influence his work here.

Taikang Community Shen Garden: Is a high end retirement community being developed by a subsidiary of Taikang Life Insurance Company. The project focuses on providing lifestyle retirement care, health care, education and comprehensive services in a unique landscaped environment with a strong connection to nature. The community will offer several different housing options so individuals may select the lifestyle that best suits their current personal needs, including accommodations for active adults, assisted-living residents and those needing full medical assistance. Walt Miller, RA, who is an accomplished designer and planner, he directs the design team on how to implement the Portman design philosophy and vision into functional spaces.Creating emotional, yet practical experiences, we put people at the heart of our environments. Over our 60 years of experience, we’ve successfully inspired creativity, productivity and well-being through beautiful architecture that serves a purpose.