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BUILDING
 
 
Bund Finance Centre
Fosun Foundation
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DESIGNER
 
 
Foster + Partners | Heatherwick Studio
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CONTEXT
 
Importance of the building in the territory and in the city
Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADI
Relationship with the location
Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADI
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Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADIThe Bund Finance Centre – a major new mixed-use development jointly designed by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio – is set to revitalise Shanghai’s waterfront. Occupying a prominent site on the Bund, the buildings define the 'end point' to Shanghai's most famous street. The 420,000- square metre masterplan is highly permeable for pedestrians, with the design conceived as a point of connection between the old town and the new financial district.

Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADIInspired by this urban context, two 180-metre landmark towers are placed in the south of the site, while the buildings facing the waterfront are staggered in height and relate in scale and rhythm to the grand nineteenth-century landmarks along the Bund. At the heart of the scheme is a flexible arts and cultural centre, home to the Fosun Foundation, which combines exhibition and events halls with a performance venue, inspired by the open stages of traditional Chinese theatres.
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Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADI
Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio and Senior Executive Partner, Foster + Partners commented:
Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADI“The Bund Finance Centre creates a pivotal connection between the old town and the new financial district. Developing the massing strategy for the buildings was an interesting challenge, in terms of relating to the context of old and new architecture, reflecting the scale of the waterfront and the character of the historic quarters.

Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADIThe cultural centre is an optimum blend of craft and technology. It is inspired by traditional Chinese weaving, while incorporating the latest cutting-edge technology that helps withstand earthquakes, typhoons and severe weather. Its unique form provides a memorable and extraordinary experience for visitors, while the illuminated stage and the motion of the moving veil creates a unique backdrop to the theatre of city life.”
David Nelson, Head of Design at Foster + Partners:
Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADI"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."
Thomas Heatherwick, Founder of Heatherwick Studio, said:
Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADI“The opportunity to make something new in this prominent location that had formerly been the river gateway to Shanghai’s Old Town was extraordinary. With a project that would create 420,000 square metres of space, we felt a great duty to look for fresh ways to connect with China’s amazing built heritage and make a meaningful public place for thousands of people to work and come together.

Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADIInfluenced by the materiality and scale of the existing historic buildings along the Bund we have built a series of simple office, shopping and cultural buildings that combine high performance glazing systems with hand carved stone building frames. These structures in turn surround new public spaces and speak to the heritage of the historical Bund buildings.”
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Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADI
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Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADIThe 420,000-square-metre development of eight buildings combines premium offices with a boutique hotel, a cultural centre and a wide variety of luxury retail spaces, all arranged around a landscaped public plaza. The retail spaces are vertically layered with boutiques, concept stores for international brands, a luxury shopping mall and restaurants. A palette of crafted stone and bronze details gives the buildings a jewel-like quality. The edges of each volume are made of richly textured, hand-crafted granite and become slimmer as they rise, giving the impression of solidity at the base and transparency at the top.

Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADIThe social focus of the scheme is the cultural centre, conceived as a platform for international arts and cultural exchange, as well as a place for brand events, product launches and corporate functions. The building is encircled by a moving veil, which adapts to the changing use of the building and reveals the stage on the balcony and views towards Pudong. Developed in collaboration with local engineers Tongji University, the façade is a veil organised along three tracks and made up of layers of 675 individual magnesium alloy ‘tassels’ – a reference to the traditional Chinese bridal headdress. The tassels range in length from around 2 metres to 16 metres so that as each track independently moves, the veil rotates with the tassels overlapping and producing different visual effects and levels of opacity.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Municipality
Shanghai
Town
Shanghai
Address
Renmin Rd, Huangpu Qu
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
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ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Art galleries and exhibition areas
Cultural centres and community centres
Buildings for other cultural activities
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Buildings for travel and tourism
Hotels
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Streets and squares
Pedestrian areas, promenades

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Waterfront

TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
Urban design and urban renovation
Multifunctional areas
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Commercial buildings
Department stores, supermarkets, shopping centres, etc.
Shops
Bars, cafeterias
Restaurants
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2010    
Realisation
2017
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CLIENT
 
 
Shanghai Zendai Bund Int’l Finance Center Real Estate Co. Ltd
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
site sq.m. 426,073
Capacity
20,000 peoples
Height
towers m. 180
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STRUCTURES
 
 
ECADI
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Martha Schwartz Partners
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STAFF
 
Project
Foster + Partners
Heatherwick Studio
Architect of record
ECADI
Systems
ECADI
Lighting engineer
BPI
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Laurian Ghinitoiu, Foster + Pertners
Drawings © Foster + Partners | Heatherwick Studio
Video @ Laurian Ghinitoiu
Text edited by Foster + Pertners
Courtesy of Foster + Pertners

Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Bund Finance Centre, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, Martha Schwartz Partners, ECADI



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