A masterplan for an area of Shanghai, China, designed by Foster and Partners with Charles Funke and Associates, has broken ground.
The Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre forms part of a large-scale urban plan, extending from Shanghai’s main station. The 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.
Designed to set a new benchmark for sustainable design in the city, the 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, whose scale responds to its location as the ‘end point’ of the development, while relating successfully to the canal and city quarter beyond.