In 2013, it was stated that British firm’s Heatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners would cooperate on the Bund Finance Center design project. The 420,000 square meter construction incorporates two 180-meter-high landmark towers and blends premium offices with a boutique hotel, and art and cultural center.
An extended variation of luxury areas is also added, designed throughout a majestically landscaped public plaza. After four years of development, Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio concluded they latest design project, the Bund Finance Center.
“Sitting at the gateway to Shanghai’s old town, on the river bank where boats would arrive from the rest of the world, this is an extraordinary site which stood unoccupied for many years” Thomas Heatherwick
Owning a pre-eminent place on the Bund, the structures determine the end point of Shanghai’s most famous street. Heatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners’ masterplan for the Bund Finance Center is extremely permeable for pedestrians, with the design thought as a point of consolidation between the old town, the Bund, and the latest financial district.
Inspired by this urban context, the two landmark towers are located in the south of the place, while the constructions facing the waterfront are wavered in height and compare in measure and rhythm to the neighboring 19th-century landmarks.
Influenced by traditional Chinese theaters, the three-story building stars a curtain-like facade of bronze pipes. These tubes dangle in three layers, forming semi-transparent covers in front of windows and decks.
The architects reported this facade as “a moving veil, which adapts to the changing use of the building, and reveals the stage on the balcony and views towards Pudong”.
The partners designed retail spaces in a vertically layered plan containing boutiques, concept stores for international brands, a luxury shopping mall, and restaurants. The facade of the Bund Finance Centre emphasizes a striking color palette involved of crafted stone and bronze details, that provides the buildings a jewel-like outcome.
The sides of each volume are made of lavishly textured, handcrafted granite and grow thinner as they progress, giving the idea of solidity at the core and clarity at the top.
Foster + Partners is also near to achieving another main design project, the new campus for Apple, while Heatherwick Studio just finished one of its most significant projects to date, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town.
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