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Heatherwick and Foster + Partners co-design Shanghai’s Bund Finance Center

by Dennis Lee on Jan 2, 2018 in Architecture , Top Story
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The Bund Finance Centre is a 420,000sqm mixed-use waterfront development on the Bund of Shanghai Photo: Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio

The Bund Finance Centre is a 420,000sqm mixed-use waterfront development on the Bund of Shanghai
Photo: Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio

The Bund Finance Center, a collaboration between Heatherwick Studios and Foster + Partners, is set to revitalise Shanghai's waterfront with its connection between the old and the new

Located on Shanghai's most famous thoroughfare, the Bund Finance Centre is a 420,000sqm mixed-use waterfront development designed by the two international architectural practices, with a flexible arts and cultural centre as a major focal point.

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The buildings of Bund Finance Center feature a palette of crafted stone and bronze details reminiscent of jewels, while the edges of each volume are made of richly textured, hand-crafted granite
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu

Inspired by the old and new architecture along the Bund, the huge site of eight buildings – including two 180m landmark towers – combines offices with a boutique hotel, a cultural centre and a wide variety of luxury retail spaces, all built around a landscaped public plaza.

The buildings feature a palette of crafted stone and bronze details reminiscent of jewels, while the edges of each volume are made of richly textured, hand-crafted granite, becoming slimmer as they rise.

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The cultural centre is at the centre of the whole complex that combines exhibition and events halls with a performance venue, inspired by the stages of traditional Chinese theatres
Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu

At the heart of the scheme is the cultural centre, home to the Fosun Foundation, which combines exhibition and events halls with a performance venue, inspired by the stages of traditional Chinese theatres.

The building is enveloped by a moving veil, which adapts to the changing use of the complex, and reveals a stage on the balcony. The facade, developed in collaboration with engineers at Tongji University, is organised along three tracks and made up of layers of 675 individual magnesium alloy 'tassels', referencing a traditional Chinese bridal headdress. As each track moves independently, the veil rotates with the tassels – which range in length from 2 to 16m – overlapping and producing different visual effects.

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An axonometric view of the cultural centre of the Bund Finance Center
Photo: Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio

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