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Latest images of Foster and Heatherwick's Shanghai Bund

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Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio have revealed new images of their collaboration for the Shanghai finance centre

The 420,000m2 mixed-use development of eight buildings combines offices, hotels, a cultural centre, retail space and a landscaped public plaza.

The design, which includes two 180m-tall towers, will connect Shanghai’s old town to the new financial district, redeveloping a key plot in the historic area of the city that once contained international trading houses and banks.

David Nelson, head of design at Foster + Partners, said: ‘The project has given us an exciting opportunity to create a glamorous new destination, as well as a new series of spaces that create a major addition to the public realm, right in the heart of historic Shanghai.’

Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio added: ‘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. In filling this last empty site on Shanghai’s famous Bund, the concept is inspired by China’s ambition not to duplicate what exists in the rest of the world but to look instead for new ways to connect with China’s phenomenal architectural and landscape heritage.’

The team is understood to have beaten MVRDV and OMA in the contest held back in 2011.

The scheme is expected to complete in 2015.

Project data

Location Shanghai 
Type of project financial centre 
Client Shanghai Zendai Bund Int’l Finance Center Real Estate Co. Ltd 
Architect Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio 
Landscape consultant Martha Schwartz Partners
Structural engineer ECADI  
M&E consultant ECADI 
Lighting consultant BPI
Appointment date 2010
Start on site date 2012
Completion date 2015
Site area 45,472m²
Office area 188,982m²
Commercial area 93,518m²
Number of buildings 8
Specific environmental targets LEED Gold

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