Benoy has been appointed architects for a major new development in the Chinese city of Shanghai.
The Xuhui Vanke Center is developer Vanke’s first large-scale commercial real estate project with a mixed-use programme in the city.
Benoy has won a multi-disciplinary scope which includes tower and retail architecture, retail and offici Interior design and graphic design.
The landmark development sits at a prime location adjacent to the Shanghai South Railway Station;
The overall scheme is being developed over three phases with Benoy as the chief architect delivering the final phase alongside Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM).
Benoy director Ferdinand Cheung said: “We are honoured to be working with Vanke once again to extend the range of their portfolio. Shanghai is a thriving yet highly developed city and this scheme provides a rare opportunity to give the landscape back to the community on a significant scale. As designers, we were drawn to the approach which intertwines nature and buildings and we look forward to seeing this development come to life over the next few years.”
Connecting six commercial blocks, the scheme aims to create a new urban complex set within a landscaped realm. The three phases are connected by a valley which runs diagonally across the site.
“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,” said Cheung.