Case study; Shanghai Bund Financial Centre
A mixed-use development
Bund Finance Centre is a prominent new mixed-use development close to the Shanghai waterfront and has been designed jointly by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio. Construction began in 2010 and was completed in 2016.
15,000 sq metres PVD coated stainless steel in Rose Gold Vibration finish exterior cladding were supplied for this project.
The history of the Bund
Bund is a Chinese word describing an embankment. The Shanghai Bund has grown in fame since the first British company opened an office there in 1846. The Bund is stretched for one mile along the western bank of the Huangpu River, traditionally beginning at Yan’an Road, finishing at Waibaidu Bridge and being centred on a section of Zhongshan Road. Around the beginning of the 20th century the area became increasingly populated by banks and by 1940 was well-known for its financial institutions. Over the years much building work has taken place and in 2008 an unoccupied site was designated for an upmarket development.
The Bund Finance Centre is a mixed-use development designed jointly by Foster & Partners and Heatherwick Studio. It is positioned in a significant and prominent position within the Bund being at the culmination of the Zhongshan Road and links the old town with the new financial district. The Finance Centre covers 420,000 square metres, consists of eight buildings and has two towers each of 180 metres in height with shops, restaurants a boutique hotel and an Arts and Cultural centre.
The Arts and Cultural Centre
The Arts and Cultural Centre, at the centre of the Financial centre, covers 4,000 square metres with its design based on that of traditional Chinese theatres which have open stages. The venue is of a multilevel design and is encircled by a moving veil, three layers deep. The moving veil of Rose Gold PVD stainless steel is moved according to the activities taking place and reveals the balcony stage and views across to Pudong.
The Centre is home to art exhibitions, fashion shows, performances and corporate meetings.
April Dahlberg is the Technical Director at John Desmond Ltd.
April says “For the door architraves, window reveals and of course, for the moving veil of the Arts and Cultural Centre, for the Fosun Foundation, a dramatic gold finish was required. PVD stainless steel in Rose Gold Vibration was specified having passed rigorous testing to prove it would withstand exterior weathering.”