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Century Square on East Nanjing Road in Shanghai

11 Dec 2020

Century Square

Designers: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

Location: Shanghai, China

Renewal of Century Square in East Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China 2020

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT wins the competition for the renovation of Century Square on East Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China

Century Square Shanghai

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT studio, led by Benedetta Tagliabue, consolidates its Asian presence by winning the international competition that will turn Century Square into a new green landmark for Shanghai. Located within one of the busiest commercial areas in the world, the renatured plaza will become the central place to experience the many facets of this cosmopolitan city of exceptional cultural richness.

Century Square Shanghai

Century Square Shanghai

With a strategy based on ecological awareness, the project renaturalizes the city centre, introducing green spaces to improve the urban microclimate. The fusion of environmental aspects together with the homage to the origin of the word Shanghai, which means “on the sea”, turn the square of the century’s project into a renewed and welcoming meeting place.

Century Square Shanghai

The pavement of the project, inspired by the sea and the nearby port, represents the richness of the underwater world. The design opens like a shell to reveal its pearl: a glittering kaleidoscopic building that reflects the new urban landscape on its facades while hosting events and shows.

Century Square Shanghai

The topography of the square on its south side creates a new urban eco-living: green hills, interwoven with existing trees, support a wooden tribune (or stands) that can be used in many different ways. The tribune also houses different functions such as cafes and shops. The presentations and night lights make the square a living place at any time of the day.

Century Square Shanghai

This first prize, won against David Chipperfield Architects, strengthens the presence of the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT studio in Asia where it continues with other ongoing projects such as the Business School of the Fudan University Campus in Shanghai or recently completed, such as the Zhang Daqian museum in Neijiang, China and the Chinatrust Office Tower in Taichung, Taiwan.

Century Square Shanghai

Century Square, Shanghai, China – Building Information

Architects: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

Client: New World Group
Architect: Benedetta Tagliabue
Project director: Stefan Geenen
Design team: Sebastiano Losi, Giuseppe d’Ascoli, Daniel Hernán García, Gabriele Rotelli, Marzia Faranda, Juan Camillo Izquierdo, Lucas Arango, Malena Bilik, Youssef Shabo, Cristian Munteanu, Lidia Quarintini, Cristiana Messina, Gloria Papetti, Andrea Stevanato, Erica Hansen, Pietro Borzacca, Georgia Soultana, Darragh Casey.
Area: 8.000 m2 plot area, 1.200 m2 building
Typology: Urban design, Public spaces
Program: Open stage, cultural events, exhibitions, markets, and products presentations.
Local Design Institute: Tongji University
Energetic Consultant: Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH

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Renders: Fancy

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Location: Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

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