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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

SOHO Fuxing Lu in Shanghai, China by gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

 
August 13th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner 

The former French Concession in the heart of Shanghai is known for its typical rectilinear development – the Li Long. Li stands for neighborhood, and Long refers to the narrow rectilinear streets separating the buildings. This urban morphology, which is typical of Shanghai, creates narrow and intimate urban spaces.

View from the east showing the development and the 100 m high office tower, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

View from the east showing the development and the 100 m high office tower, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

  • Architects: gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner 
  • Project: SOHO Fuxing Lu
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Photography: Christian Gahl
  • Client: SOHO China
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
  • Project management: competition Su Jun
  • GFA, total above ground: 71,565 m²
  • GFA, total below ground: 64,975 m²
  • Retail area: 85,661 m²
  • Office area: 50,879 m²
  • Height of high-rise building: 99.85 m

Square to the north of the precinct with access to the underground distribution level, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Square to the north of the precinct with access to the underground distribution level, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

The design for SOHO Fuxing Lu, an urban quarter with restaurants, shops and offices primarily intended for young start-up companies, adopts the scale and orientation of the neighboring blocks, integrates existing historic buildings and, in this way, adds to the important urban seam in the inner city using the existing urban development structure.

View from the underground distribution level, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

View from the underground distribution level, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Network of pathways through the low-rise linear development, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Network of pathways through the low-rise linear development, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

The ensemble consists of nine oblong building blocks with sloping roofs and an east-west orientation, and a high-rise building which provides a more general reference to the urban landscape.

Site plan, Image Courtesy © gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Site plan, Image Courtesy © gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

View of squares inside the precinct, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

View of squares inside the precinct, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Within the confines of this precinct, a network of pathways and small alleys converges at a central square with restaurants. A circular access provides entry to commercial facilities in the basement and to the underground railway.

View of squares inside the precinct, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

View of squares inside the precinct, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

View from the street in the east, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

View from the street in the east, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

The façades and roofs have been clad with light natural stone strips of different widths. The dark grey metal elements of the glass façades provide a contrast to these strips.The abstract pattern image of the façades and the omission of any historic references underscore the urban focus of the project in the center of the city. On completion, the project obtained the LEED Gold certificate.

Overview of the block, with skyline in the background, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Overview of the block, with skyline in the background, Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

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