in 2013, it was announced that british firms heatherwick studio and foster + partners would collaborate on the ‘bund finance centre’ — a mixed-use destination in shanghai. the 420,000 square meter development includes two 180-meter-high landmark towers, and combines premium ‘grade A’ offices with a boutique hotel, and an arts and cultural center. a wide variety of luxury retail spaces are also included, arranged around a generously landscaped public plaza. after four years of development, photographer laurian ghinitoiu has now shared images of the project in its realized state.


all images © laurian ghinitoiu

 

 

sitting at the gateway to shanghai’s old town, on the river bank where boats would arrive from the rest of the world, this is an extraordinary site which stood unoccupied for many years,’ said thomas heatherwick when the project was first announced. ‘in filling this last empty site on shanghai’s famous bund, the concept is inspired by china’s ambition not to duplicate what exists in the rest of the world but to look instead for new ways to connect with china’s phenomenal architectural and landscape heritage.


the design is highly permeable for pedestrians

 

 

occupying a prominent site on the bund, the buildings define the ‘end point’ of shanghai’s most famous street. heatherwick studio and foster + partners masterplan for the ‘bund finance centre’ is highly permeable for pedestrians, with the design conceived as a point of connection between the old town, the bund, and the new financial district. influenced by this urban context, the two landmark towers are placed at the south of the site, while the buildings facing the waterfront are staggered in height and relate in scale and rhythm to the neighboring 19th century landmarks.


the building is encircled by a moving veil

 

 

at the heart of the scheme is a flexible arts and cultural center, which combines exhibition and event halls with a performance venue, inspired by the open stages of traditional chinese theaters. the center is conceived as a platform for international arts and cultural exchange, as well as a place for brand events, product launches and corporate functions. the building is encircled by a moving veil, which adapts to the changing use of the building and reveals the stage on the balcony as well as views towards pudong.


the venue is conceived as a platform for international arts and cultural exchange


the platform on the ground floor can be used for performances, product launches, and brand events


the project serves as a platform for multiple uses


the façade adapts to the changing use of the building


the scheme also includes galleries and exhibition space


the moving veil reveals the stage on the balcony and views towards pudong


the design incites interaction between architecture and society


the development serves as an important addition to the public realm


the 420,000 square meter development includes two 180-meter-high towers


the flexible arts and cultural center is found at the heart of the scheme


the design is inspired by the open stages of traditional chinese theaters

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