KPF reveals new images of tianjin riverside 66 in china
KPF reveals new images of tianjin riverside 66 in china KPF reveals new images of tianjin riverside 66 in china
feb 26, 2014

KPF reveals new images of tianjin riverside 66 in china

KPF reveals new images of tianjin riverside 66 in china
all images courtesy of courtesy of kohn pedersen fox (KPF)





opening in fall 2014, the ‘riverside 66‘ in the he ping lu district of tianjin, china, will become one of the longest single structures in the region by merit of kohn pedersen fox associates (KPF). the retail project will stretch over 350 meters and will become a centerpiece in the commercial district that relates to its surrounding site by integrating the streets into the space. ‘with 22 seven-story high concrete ribs and over 10,000 panels of glass’ (audrey choi, senior associate principal at (KPF)), the exterior allows a transparency that links the activity to and from the shopping areas. the building, or ‘super shell’, is positioned by the hai he river, creating a quite visible monument for the city. jeffrey a. kenoff, director and senior designer at KPF, further states, ‘the project aims to activate the regenerated riverfront as it rethinks the role of china’s urban market.’

interior render of the ‘super shell’ structure whose primary program is for retail galleries


the structural frame has been completed and is now a skeletal form until the window installations are set





the verifiably massive building is used both as a plaza and a sheltered avenue and will be a central hub that integrates into the urban fabric which is already present. the megastructure will also feature a sky street, to allow visitors to experience higher altitude shopping. ‘riverside 66’ in tianjin has already won numerous awards including the ny AIA design award, and has now been pre-LEED gold certified.

image from the roof construction where 10,000 panels of glass will be installed


photograph of inside the construction which has been ongoing for the past ten years





KPF design principal james von klemperer expresses, ‘now that the structural frame is complete, to wander inside a series of curved concrete ribs is something like it must be to see a whale skeleton from the inside. herman melville would have been inspired.’

the glass form curves over 22 stories of retails and offices


section showing the sky street


diagrams of the glass shell form

leed certification categories


window panel details



project info:


architects: kohn pedersen fox (kpf)

location: tianjin, china

client: hang lung properties limited
managing principal: paul katz, faia
design principal: james von klemperer, faia

director/senior designer: jeffrey a. kenoff, aia

project team leader ny: audrey choi
project team leader hk: edwin lau
project manager: peter gross, aia

kpf project team and contributors: jeffrey a. kenoff, audrey choi, edwin lau, peter gross, ciara seymour, gary stluka, benjamin albury; bernard chang; hanna chang; saera park; shang chen; sarah smith; james kehl; sandra choy; thomas coldefy; javier galindo; onur gun; heejin kim; yoojung kim; ming leung; luis llull; manon pare; charles portelli; samuel schmitz; james siow; kristin speth; donald springer; kyle steinfeld; scott wilson, james von klemperer, paul katz
associated firms: tianjin architects & consulting engineers (tace); local design institute; p&t international, associate architect; benoy, retail consultant; arup, structural; parsons brinckerhoff, mep; alt cladding, curtain wall; mva, traffic; adi, landscape; bpi, lighting; rider levett bucknall, cost
area: 152,800 sq.m
expected completion: 2014

photographs: courtesy of kohn pedersen fox (kpf)

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