Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, Sincere Property and Aedas have started construction of a new business district in Shanghai, China.
The new business district will be built on a 4.5ha site situated near Hongqiao Airport train station at the corner of Shenhai Express Way and Shenbin Road.
As per the plans, the new district will feature a large southern plot and a smaller northern plot of 8,409m², which together will include ten office towers and an underground shopping centre designed by architecture firm Aedas.
Plans also include cultural programme spaces, parking space and a sunken plaza, which will feature stairs that can be used as seating for cultural events hosted by the site.
The 110,000m² offices will be divided into nine office towers on the southern plot, ranging from five to nine floors.
On the northern plot, the tops of four towers will be merged into one building in the form of a flower-shaped structure of four floors, cantilevered high above the ground.
The 47,000m² retail space will be located partly on the ground floor and partly along the sunken plaza hidden from vehicle traffic.
Entrances to the shopping centre will also be added at ground level in the form of two glass towers.
The 1,790m² ground floor of the flower building will be used for cultural programmes and a 55,000m² parking garage will be located below the shopping centre.
Sustainable features of the project include high performance insulation, optimised building forms, shaded spaces, natural ventilation, rainwater collection, permeable road surfaces, connections to public transport and a system to reduce the urban heat island effect.
After completion, nine office towers will also feature green roofs, local plant species and the flower building will include a sky garden with a continuous jogging path.
Scheduled for completion in 2015, the project is anticipating a three-star ranking from the Chinese Green Building Label.
Image: The new business district will be built on a 4.5ha site situated near Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai. Photo: Courtesy of Brücke-Osteuropa.