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Financial Street Shanghai Railway Station

Mixed-Use Development for Financial Street Holding Co. Ltd in China – design by Goettsch Partners

23 Feb 2016

Financial Street Shanghai Railway Station

Design: Goettsch Partners and Lead 8

Location: Shanghai, China

Financial Street Shanghai Railway Station Mixed-Use Development

Chicago-based architecture firm Goettsch Partners and Hong Kong-based multidisciplinary architecture and design studio Lead 8 have recently won the design competition for a new 264,000-square-meter multi-building mixed-use complex in Shanghai. The project is being developed by Financial Street Holding Co. Ltd., a leading commercial real estate developer based in Beijing, and will be located on two parcels just north of the Shanghai Railway Station.

Financial Street Shanghai Railway Station

The project’s primary western parcel features five main buildings, including 131,000 square meters of office space catering to a variety of tenants, 54,000 square meters of retail, 22,000 square meters of loft apartment space, and a 5,000-square-meter cultural center. The eastern parcel includes a 15,000-square-meter headquarters office building and a complex with 45,000 square meters of loft apartment space above a 15,000-square-meter retail podium.

Financial Street Shanghai Railway Station

“GP, along with Lead 8, looks forward to working with Financial Street Holding to create this new signature destination,” said James Zheng, AIA, LEED AP, president of Goettsch Partners. “We see great opportunity to define a new cultural, shopping, living and commerce hub for the emerging district.”

“We are honored to be selected with GP as the winning team,” added David Buffonge, cofounder and executive director of Lead 8. “Financial Street Shanghai creates a sustainable urban environment that will concentrate walkable, compact densities around a vibrant mixed-use site near Shanghai Railway Station.”

Financial Street Shanghai Railway Station

The project vision is to create a thriving district center—an urban destination that serves as a highly visible landmark with architecture, landscape and cultural elements fully integrated in order to enhance connectivity and define a true sense of place for the emerging district. Located adjacent to a major railway interchange, the development will also serve as an “attractor,” drawing people into the district from the city and other transportation hubs. Pedestrian routes above and below grade and multiple bridge links provide strategic connections to the public transportation system, as well as to adjacent parcels, neighboring developments and existing city networks.

Financial Street Shanghai Railway Station

One of the defining characteristics of the project is an environmentally friendly atmosphere that seamlessly connects the development with nature. The office buildings are conceived to provide a park-like setting, with indoor-outdoor workspaces that appeal to technology, start-up and entrepreneurial organizations. An abundance of shared public space and lush, green retail streets combining leisure and entertainment activities promote a one-stop urban destination that offers visitors a unique experience. Fountains, pavilions and green walkways further establish the design as a natural extension of a positive lifestyle and vital contributor to enhancing health and well-being for the local residents of Shanghai.

GP and Lead 8 collaborated on the overall master plan for the two parcels. GP is leading the planning and design of all the office and residential buildings on the western parcel and is developing the exterior design for the office and residential buildings on the eastern parcel. Lead 8 is directing the planning and design of all the retail podiums on both parcels.

The two parcels of the project will be developed in conjunction, with construction of the eastern parcel proceeding first and scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2016.

Financial Street Shanghai Railway Station

About Goettsch Partners
Goettsch Partners (GP) is an innovative architecture firm with a global perspective, emphasizing a singular design approach across offices in Chicago, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi. Focused on combining exceptional design, technical expertise and unmatched service, the firm creates measurable value and environmentally responsible solutions. Services include architecture, interiors, planning and building enclosure design. Diverse projects around the world share a consistent emphasis on bringing bold design clarity to complex challenges. Visit for more information.

About Lead 8
Lead 8 is a multidisciplinary architecture and design studio with a reputation for fusing creative thinking with award-winning experience. The studio opened in 2014 to create a new kind of design practice. United by a desire to discover, define, design and deliver the best solution for each and every site, the company name stands for living environments, architecture and design. From studios in Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Lead 8 specializes in the design of large-scale mixed-use and transit-oriented developments worldwide. Visit to find out more.

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