Shanghai EXPO Construction Development has broken ground on the new 50,000m² Green Valley project on the site of the former 2010 Shanghai Expo in China.
Designed by Schmidt hammer lassen architects and East China Architecture and Design Institute, the project is situated adjacent to the Chinese pavilion and will become a new central urban development in Shanghai.
Sustainable features of the project include a central open space with greenery, water features and a soft landscape running via the middle of the site.
The open space will divide the site equally into two, with two major buildings situated on each side.
Schmidt hammer lassen architects said the buildings will have a large connected structure, which will act as a guiding element in the development of the entire area.
Plans also include creation of green hanging gardens inside the open atriums, which will be visible from surrounding areas.
Schmidt hammer lassen architects partner Kristian Lars Ahlmark said the new Green Valley development, with offices, shops and restaurants, will become a new destination not only for the main users of the area but for people from Shanghai in general.
"It will be a green, sustainable landmark for the city and for the entire region," Ahlmark said.
The Green Valley development, which is anticipated to be completed in 2015, is one of four major projects currently being designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects in Shanghai.
Schmidt hammer lassen architects associate partner and head of Shanghai office Chris Hardie said, "The project is designed so that, despite the monumental scale of the site, it relates to the human scale in the public spaces, giving a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community."
Image: After completion, the Green Valley project will become a new central urban development in Shanghai. Photo: Courtesy of Schmidt hammer lassen architects.