Foster + Partners has broke ground on the Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, new dynamic mixed-use community centered on a four-hectare public park in the heart of Shanghai Hongqiao CBD. The large-scale urban plan that extends from Shanghai’s main station and brings together highly efficient, flexible office buildings, animated at ground level by shops, restaurants and a range of new civic spaces.
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Office buildings border the linear park and are oriented to minimize solar gains and maximize views. The buildings are laid out as triangular fingers, which intersect to create visual connections between the ground level and offices above, while drawing greenery deep into the site. Their slender floor plates maximize daylight and natural ventilation, while providing a flexible design that can easily adapt to future change. The park culminates in a landmark, circular building, whose scale responds to its context as the ‘end point’ of the development, while relating to the canal and city quarter beyond.
Grant Brooker, senior partner, design director said: “We aim to create a destination and a genuine public place that is a positive contribution to the future growth of Shanghai, but is also rooted in the spirit of the past and the traditions of this great city – lively and bustling, filled with the business of everyday life. We have had wonderful support from the local government and our collaborators at the SIADR and it is great to now start construction on this very ambitious project.”
Architects: Foster + Partners Client: Vantone Real Estate Co. Ltd and Sunnyworld Group Co. Ltd Location: Shanghai Hongqiao CBD, China Project Type: Mixed Use: Offices, Exhibition, Commercial Site Area: 28,000m² Office buildings: 60,000m² Exhibition: 3,000m² Commercial: 70,000m²