jun aoki evokes a cascading waterfall with l’avenue shanghai in china
jun aoki evokes a cascading waterfall with l’avenue shanghai in china jun aoki evokes a cascading waterfall with l’avenue shanghai in china
jul 21, 2015

jun aoki evokes a cascading waterfall with l’avenue shanghai in china

jun aoki evokes a cascading waterfall with l’avenue shanghai in china 
all images by shu he




rising to 28-storeys, the l’avenue building in shanghai by jun aoki & associates has been shaped to look like a cascading waterfall. the project, executed by hong kong architects leigh & orange, is home to an array of high-end, luxury retail shops as well as offices on the upper levels. having achieved LEED gold status, the fluid building uses reinforced concrete and is finished with white, ceramic, glazed tiles. the form exudes a feminine aesthetic, along with its iridescent façade, and curved edges, the structure gently billows out at the bottom to form the retail spaces.

the form conveys a subtle fluidity




the reflection of the fins, change in weather, sun path, and pedestrians, give the building a dynamism and simultaneously, movement of the vertical fins illuminate at night time. the exterior showcases a vertical curved surface, meanwhile the interior has 4 uniquely curved loops, surrounding the center atrium creating a space which overlaps horizontally. at night, lighting installed in the façade animates the surrounding area, making the skyscraper stand out amongst its neighbors.



see designboom’s article of the l’avenue shanghai while it was still in construction here.

the building is home to an array of luxurious retail brands

the material used is reinforced concrete with white, ceramic, glazed tiling

a softness is exuded, emphasizing the affinity with the park in front

the building has achieved LEED gold status

fully air-conditioned indoor areas which follow the gentle curve form of its exterior

l’avenue is distinctive amongst the grey, older surrounding buildings

at night, the tower is lit up



project info:


local architect: leigh & orange
main contractor: shanghai segacn decorative construction co.,ltd
curtain wall contractor: josef gartner curtain wall (shanghai) co, ltd.
interior contractor: china construction eighth engineering division. corp. ltd

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