Bund Financial Center, Zendai

Shanghai, N/A / China

This design for the Bunk Financial Center, Zendai questions the ubiquitous formula: Podium + Towers with an Articulated Top = Urban Commercial Architecture.

Instead, the project's permeable towers and bridges address the rich metropolitan scale through an ensemble of elements that are ennobled in aggregate. Its provocative program juxtaposes retail, office, hotel, cultural venue and apartments, creating unusual interrelationships with the site, street, river and adjacent historic fabric.

To create cohesion, an elevated retail bridge directly references the height of the historic Bund street wall, while an 8 story high residential sky bridge meets the tower scale of the Pudong District. Stepping down in height, the massing defers to the historic scale of the Bund. A Corbusian Unite section with interconnected corridors every third floor ensures that apartments enjoy uniform river views and through-unit cross ventilation. The hotel lobby in the north tower opens onto the continuous roof terrace with public functions. An open space garden terrace runs the length of the site.

The retail street wall steps down to mesh with the scale of the adjacent historic neighborhood. At the opposite end of the retail loop, the cultural venue faces outwards towards the Yu Gardens and Puxi.



Architect of record

Brian Lee
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Phone: 312 360 4378
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