As developer Vanke’s first large-scale commercial real estate project with a mixed-use programme in Shanghai, Benoy’s scope will cover architecture, interior design and graphic design. The overall scheme is being developed over three phases, with Skidmore, Owings & Merill LLP (SOM) working alongside the firm during the final phase.
The development will sit adjacent to the Shanghai South Railway Station and will aim to create a new urban complex within a 70,000 sq-m landscaped realm. Connecting six commercial blocks, the three phases are joined by a mile-long green valley which runs diagonally across the site. The wider development's twelve buildings overlook and interact with the urban parkland which essentially brings a green streetscape experience into the heart of the development.
Benoy director Ferdinand Cheung said of the appointment, "The green spine gave us the opportunity to bring a streetscape and smaller-scale environment to the commercial complex, and physically and visually unite Phase III with the earlier phases. We transformed the commercial components by blending the parkland into the Architecture and Interior Design."
Mimicking the forms of the rolling landscape, the 100,000 sq-m multi-level retail podium is a network of interconnected buildings, with a podium that is fragmented by curved blocks to create unique spaces for retail, F&B and leisure tenants. Above the podium, four Grade A commercial office towers will act as a vertical extension of the podium below.