This building has a moving bamboo-esque facade and is a new financial quarter built near the waterfront of Shanghai’s old town. Brainchild of the British architectural firms, Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio, it the latest architectural addition to the Bund’s already artful glitz and glamor, and is attracting flocks of tourists from across the country who just want to have a glimpse of this masterpiece.
The building stretches over 420,000 square meters and includes two 180-meter-high landmark towers. The area comprises of offices, a boutique hotel, and a wide variety of luxury retail locations up for grabs.
The center of the structure hosts the art and cultural center with the iconic flexible façade that morphs itself dramatically to change the outlook of the building.
The building is originally inspired by traditional Chinese theaters, with its three-stories adorned with a curtain of bronze tubes resembling bamboos. The hanging tubes form three layer and create a semi-transparent screen in front of windows and balconies.
At the announcement of the design, the architects described this facade as
“a moving veil, which adapts to the changing use of the building, and reveals the stage on the balcony and views towards Pudong”.
Pretty neat, right?
Watch more of this building in the pictures below!
All photographs courtesy Laurian Ghinitoiu.