Architecture firm Foster + Partners and designer Thomas Heatherwick are collaborating on the Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai.
The 420,000 square-metre development will feature two 180 metre-high office towers, alongside an art and culture centre as well shops, restaurants, a boutique hotel. The complex, being constructed near to the old town and Yu Yuan Garden tourist spot, aims to connect the area to the financial district and famous waterside Bund area.
The masterplan places the art and culture centre at the heart of the development and will feature traditional Chinese exhibitions and performances. The structure will be “encircled by a moving veil” that can be adapted to suit changing activities inside.
“Sitting at the gateway to Shanghai’s old town, on the river bank where boats would arrive from the rest of the world, this is an extraordinary site which stood unoccupied for many years,” said Thomas Heatherwick.
“In filling this last empty site on Shanghai’s famous Bund, the concept is inspired by China’s ambition not to duplicate what exists in the rest of the world but to look instead for new ways to connect with China’s phenomenal architectural and landscape heritage,” he added.
Foster + Partners’ head of design David Nelson commented: “The project has given us an exciting opportunity to create a glamorous new destination, as well as a new series of spaces that create a major addition to the public realm, right in the heart of historic Shanghai.”