Renders are in for Shanghai’s newest piece of architectural ingenuity. Usually it’s the other side of Shanghai’s Pu River that gets all the developmental attention. Pudong is what hosts monster buildings including the 632 metre Shanghai Tower, the 492 metre Shanghai World Financial Centre, and the 382 metre Jinmao Tower.
But Puxi’s boardwalk, otherwise known as The Bund, will soon be graced with a figure of brilliance. The legendary Foster + Partners has teamed up with UK-based design practice, Heatherwick Studio, to create The Bund Finance Center – a mixed-use complex combining offices, a boutique hotel and an arts and cultural centre.
The 190,000 square-metre development has taken four years to imagine up – and you can see the craftsmanship in the renders. The facade is made up of curtain like arrangement of bronze tubes – creating semi-transparent screens of the three-storey building. It’s inspired by the open stages of traditional Chinese theatres, gloriously honouring its situ in one of China’s most abundant and culturally rich cities.