Foster + Partners and Heather wick Studio have come together to design a project on the waterfront of Shanghai. The Bund Finance Centre (BFC) is a mixed-use space spread over 420,000-square-metre of eight buildings including two 180-metre landmark towers, and combines premium ‘grade A’ offices with a boutique hotel, an arts and cultural centre and a wide variety of luxury spaces, all arranged around a generous landscaped public plaza. A continuous array of stone and bronze details gives the buildings a jewel-like quality, whereas the edges of each volume are made of richly textured, handcrafted granite and slim down as they go higher. This creates an impression of solidity at the base and transparency at the top. The three-storey building’s facade of bronze tubes is inspired by traditional Chinese theater designs and hangs in three layers. The architects describe this facade as “a moving veil, which adapts to the changing use of the building, and reveals the stage on the balcony and views towards Pudong”.
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David Nelson, Head of Design at Foster + Partners said, “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 Heather wick, Heather wick Studio said, “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. 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.”
Project : The Bund Finance Centre (BFC)
Location : Shanghai, China
Architects : Foster + Partners and Heather wick Studio