Construction has started on the Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre in Shanghai Hongqiao Central Business District, China, designed by the UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners.
Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre is owned by Vantone Real Estate and Sunnyworld and is part of an urban development plan, spanning from Shanghai’s main station.
Situated on a new 4ha public park, the 1.7 million ft² centre will feature 60,000m² office buildings, shops at ground level, restaurants and civic spaces.
The office buildings will be constructed along the linear park and orientated to minimise solar gains and maximise views.
The buildings will be arranged as a series of triangular fingers which will intersect to create links between the ground level and offices above and draw green areas closer to the buildings.
Slender floor plates in the structures will maximise daylight and natural ventilation to improve energy efficiency and offer a solution that can adapt to changes in future.
Foster + Partners senior partner and design director Grant Brooker said, "We aim to create a destination and a genuine public place that is a positive contribution to the future growth of Shanghai, but is also rooted in the spirit of the past and the traditions of this great city – lively and bustling, filled with the business of everyday life.
In 2011, Foster + Partners secured a contract to design the master plan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, China.
Image: The Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre will feature office buildings, shops, restaurants and civic spaces. Photo: Foster + Partners.