Hongqiao Shanghai Plot 5
As Shanghai’s population continues to grow, the Hongqiao District is rapidly becoming a new city center. With its large block pattern, it is imperative that this district develop urban design and architectural strategies that will create comfortable, human-scale, pedestrian-safe experiences.
Built within the new Hongqiao Central Business District in Shanghai, this full-block mixed-use development creates a new campus of corporate offices and pedestrian retail environments.
Developed specifically with two scales of tenants in mind, the design creates a lushly planted village landscape of smaller office “villas”, sunken retail courtyards, and open garden spaces framed by the larger office buildings at the perimeter of the block.
The design creates a systematic approach for large-scale block patterns, a particular urban challenge seen throughout many contemporary Asian metropolises. First, a series of perimeter buildings enclose the block; second, the block is bisected by two pedestrian "streets"; third, a smaller scale of "village" buildings populates the interior block and surrounds smaller pedestrian courtyards. This approach provides a much-needed secondary scale of pedestrian walkways and connections within the otherwise car-driven scale of these cities.
In order to maximize light, air, and connectivity within and between neighboring companies, the perimeter buildings are punctuated by connective atria which house shared amenity spaces and bring the public spaces of the exterior up into the buildings.
- 2014 (unbuilt)
- Shanghai, China
- 1,614,586 GSF
- Commercial office, retail and F&B
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- Design Team
Stefan Abel, Kristen Alexander, Erkan Emre, Brad Groff, Julie Kaufman, Jing Lu, Xiaoyun Mao, Kyung Il Min, Jacob Reidel, Nikita Payusov, Chris Shusta, Lanxi Sun, Na Sun, Melanie Weismiller