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Aedas' Shanghai Landmark Centre showcases traditional Chinese elements and modern design

by Simon Yuen on Apr 18, 2017 in Architecture
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Internationally renowned architectural firm Aedas has completed the Shanghai Landmark Centre 

Located on the north bank of Suzhou Creek and within the business area across Sichuan North Road and Zhapu Road in Shanghai, the Shanghai Landmark Centre is surrounded by low-rise residential blocks and a number of historic buildings such as the Shanghai Post and Telecommunication Bureau, Shanghai General Hospital, New Asia Hotel, Ruikang Mansion and Outer Baidu Bridge, forming a unique urban fabric.

Shanghai Landmark Center, Shanghai, China_02(1)

In response to the vibrant neighbourhood and low-rise buildings to the east and north, the Shanghai Landmark Centre retreats from south to north with two towers sitting in the south of the site with retail components in the north, embracing an open central plaza for food and beverage and various outdoor activities. The buildings are placed along the site edges to reserve open spaces at four corners, acting as transitional nodes to the surrounding high-density context.

Shanghai Landmark Center, Shanghai, China_05(1)

The massing and orientation of the complex facilitate daylight penetration and ventilation to the adjoining domestic blocks. The central plaza connects the exterior with the retail components above and below the ground, also extends the circulation from the adjacent communities to the complex.

Inspired by traditional Chinese windows from old buildings nearby, the façade design interprets the oriental element in a contemporary language and creates an impressive motif, setting the tone and identity of the development. The design allows less reflection compared to typical glass towers, and relieves its neighbouring buildings from light pollution and disturbance.

Shanghai Landmark Center, Shanghai, China_06(1)

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