Architecture City Guide: Shanghai

This week, with the help of our readers, our  is headed to Shanghai. Shanghai is noted for having more Art Deco buildings than any other city, including László Hudec’s Park Hotel, which is not on our list but will be added in a future guide. Like many cities in China, Shanghai’s rapid growth has meant a boon in contemporary architecture styles. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page.
The Architecture City Guide: Shanghai list and corresponding map after the break.

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Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Architecture City Guide: Shanghai" 31 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>


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    Shanghai 1933 isn’t on the list, and it is by far one of the most unique examples of architecture in the city. When asking professors and students at Tongji University in the Architecture department where to visit, it is the first place they mention.
    check it out, and if you are traveling there, i highly recommend going.

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      I was just there and it defiantly should on this list, very incredible concrete structure.

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    I’m with Jeff, Shanghai 1933 should definitely be on the list. I’ve only been in Shanghai for 3 months, but out of all the buildings I’ve been to, it’s one that really stands out.

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    It would be great if the places indicated on the map and shown in pictures and listed are numbered and the number corresponds to the list and the picture. So scrolling between the three, your reader can see the approximate locations of the building they are intrigued with from the picture or noted on the listing on the map all at once.

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