Shanghai High-Rise / EXH Design

EXH Design was hired to redesign the façades of high-rises in one of the most active urban areas in .   With the plans of the buildings already halfway through government approval, EXH was allowed little leeway in trying to change the existing plans.   Instead, EXH turned their attention to “sculpting” the building’s surface.  Taking a geometrical approach, the new façade aims to create a dynamic effect that will become a strong architectural expression for the surrounding areas.

More about the facades after the break.

“We retained the separate identities of the residential and office spaces and, instead, adjusted the language to create a cluster of five unified yet differentiated towers,” explained the architects.

Inspired by an endless column sculpture, “a continuous growing impression created by cutting the existing volumes on the corners,” the façade touches very little of the “existing” structure, and yet creates a tremendously powerful exterior and interior space.  Natural ventilation is achieved through the use of slits cut into the south façade which are covered with metal plates.


Client: Shanghai Guangwan real estate

Location: Shanghai

Project Team: Erich Diserens, Xi Zhang, Kenan Liu

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Shanghai High-Rise / EXH Design" 16 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • that’s what she

    i really hope the building “breathes” through the perforations….if not then it is 100% FAIL!

  • Nicholas Patten

    Nicely Designed: Shanghai High-Rise.

  • John

    looks exactly like the Hearst Tower in New York by Fostrer! Rip off?

  • Listen Up

    Absolute copy, but this is the status quo for this firm

  • Andreea

    <> ……search for “The Endless Column” by Constantin Brancusi

  • Laura

    “Inspired by an endless column sculpture” is not clear enough, they should mention its name, The Endless Column, made by the romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

    And I don’t think the shape has any connection with The Endless Column, as it has its own history, it’s just a technical detail that has that shape.

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