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The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

Office and Mixed-Use Complex China – Design by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio

15 Oct 2017

The Bund Finance Centre

Architects: Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio

Location: Shanghai, China

Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai Waterfront Building

Shanghai waterfront gets an upgrade with Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio’s new Bund Finance Centre.

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

The 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 420,000square 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.

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

Inspired 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.

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio and Senior Executive Partner, Foster + Partners commented: “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.”

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

Thomas Heatherwick, Founder of Heatherwick Studio, said: “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. Influenced 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.”

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

The 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.

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

The 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.

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

“The 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,” added Evenden.

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai – Building Information

Client: Shanghai Zendai Bund Int’l Financial Services Center Property Co., Ltd.

Joint Architects:
Foster + Partners
Heatherwick Studio

Foster + Partners Design Team: Norman Foster, Spencer de Grey, David Nelson, Gerard Evenden, Toby Blunt, Martin Castle, Ashley Lane, Dara Towhidi, Emily Phang, Edson Yabiku, Luca Latini, Giulia Leoni, Sunphol Sorakul, Bram Wal, Simon Wing, Munehiko Yokomatsu, Lieselot Baert, Aleksander Bociewicz, Peter Donegan, Vladimir Jovanovic, Yong Bin Kim, Irina Nazarova, Jillian Salter, Hui Xu, Neil Ayres, Yan Hen Chen, Assawin Choochottavorn, Daniella de Almeida, Maria Golasowska, Hallstein Guthu, Alessandra Iacovella, Angeliki Koliomichou, Jiexin Lee, Thomas Mahon, Vittoria Paludetti, Sonia Carolina Salazar Rojas, Michael Rush, Jie Shen, Greg Sheng, Chris Storie, Wen Wang, Soungmin Yu, Yantian Zhou, Xiaoxue Zhou

Heatherwick Studio Design Team: Thomas Heatherwick, Gergely Kovacs, Jose Marquez, Leo Cheung, Simona Auteri, Rickin Fok, Changyeob Lee, Yaojen Chuang, Enrique Pujana, Kenneth Tagoe, Thomas Randall-Page

Collaborating Architect: ECADI
Main Contractor:Shanghai Construction Group
Structural Engineer: ECADI/Thornton Tomasetti

Mechanical and Electrical
Engineers: ECADI/Mott McDonald
Cost Consultant: Bund Finance Centre Client
Lighting Consultant: BPI
Landscape Consultant: Martha Schwartz Partners
Movable Façade Consultant: Tongji University

Description: A 426,073 sqm mixed use, commercial office, residential, hotel, retail and cultural development on a riverfront prominent site that links the Bund to the Old Town.

Appointment: 2010
Construction Start: 2012
Completion: 2017
Site Area: 45,472 sqm or 11.24 acres
Area (Gross): 426,073 sqm
Office Area: 190,000 sqm
Commercial and Culture Area: 90,000 sqm
Hotel: 30,000 sqm

Parking facilities:
Cars: 1,589
Bikes: 4,000
Helipads: 2

Number of Buildings: 8

Building Heights:
North 1 building: 64.9m
North 2 building: 69.4m
North 3 building: 80.0m
North 4 building: 44.6m
Fosun Foundation: 23.9m
South Tower 1 building: 180m
South Tower 2 building: 180m
South Podium Building: 24.0m

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

South Tower 1 and 2: steel framed, concrete core with concrete and steel composite decking
Remaining buildings: concrete slabs, cores and columns

Sustainability rating:
South Tower 1 and 2; North buildings 1,2 and 4: LEED Gold
Remaining buildings: 3-star green buildings

Sustainable design:
Natural ventilation
External shading devices
Building envelope with low U -value (U-value 0.58W/m2K)
Centrifugal water chiller and gas heat water and fan coil units
Double speed cooling tower fans
High performance AHU and fan coil
Intelligent lighting control system for public interior areas
On-site waste recovery
Water-saving sanitary ware

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

Low-e double silver DGU glass panels
PVDF aluminium facade profiles on towers
Chiselled granite building frames
PVDF screens and facade frames at lower levels
Granite external floor paving

Cultural Centre facts:
Cultural Centre design inspired by traditional Chinese theatre stage structures
Movable veil inspired by the Chinese Bridal Veil.
300 textures tassels forming 3 layers of a movable veil
Carved stone by local stone masons and uses locally sourced Granite stone

The Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai

Photography: Katy Harris

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