Architecture giant Foster + Partners has broken ground on Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, a new office complex in the heart of the Shanghai Hongqiao CBD.
The project forms part of a large-scale urban plan, extending from Shanghai’s main station.
The dynamic new mixed-use community is centred on a new four-hectare public park and brings together highly efficient, flexible office buildings, animated at ground level by shops, restaurants and a range of new civic spaces.
Office buildings border the linear park and are oriented to minimise solar gains and maximise views.
The buildings are laid out as triangular fingers, which intersect to create visual connections between the ground level and offices above, while drawing greenery deep into the site.
Their slender floor plates maximise daylight and natural ventilation, while providing a flexible solution that can easily adapt to future change. The park culminates in a landmark building, with a scale that responds to its location as the ‘end point’ of the development, while relating to the canal and city quarter beyond.
Grant Brooker, senior partner, design director said: “We aim to create a destination and a genuine public place that is a positive contribution to the future growth of Shanghai, but is also rooted in the spirit of the past and the traditions of this great city – lively and bustling, filled with the business of everyday life.”