The SOHO Fuxing Lu, recently completed by the gmp architects’ studio, is a project for an entire urban area with restaurants, stores and offices for new businesses and start ups.
It is located in the heart of Shanghai, in the former French Concession, which has a prevalently rectilinear development, the Li Long ,with narrow streets separating the buildings.
This urban morphology is typical of the city of Shanghai and creates narrow, intimate urban spaces.
This is the setting for the gmp project, which exploits the pre-existing urban structure. The architects use the scale and the orientation of nearby blocks to integrate pre-existing buildings in the project, creating what they call an "urban seam".
The new area has nine prevalently longitudinal blocks with a sloping roof, plus a tall building that becomes a reference point for the urban landscape and a new landmark .
The network of pathways in the area converges on the central square, where there are restaurants, shops and the entrance to the metro station. The building facades offer an abstract image, as they have no historical reference. They are made up of shorter, transversal sides, entirely made of glass, and longitudinal ones offering a contrasting interplay of alternating stripes in natural pale stone with various widths, glass and dark metal elements.
Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
Project management – competition Su Jun
Team members – competition Stefan Hornscheidt, Li Zheng, Zhou Bin, Zhang Jing
Project management – detailed design Matthias Wiegelmann, Kong Jing
Team members – detailed design Cai Yu, Guo Fuhui, Kornelia Krzykowska, Li Ling, Sebastian Linack, Xie Fang, Thilo Zehme, Zhang Yingying, Zheng Shanshan, Zhou Bin, Catharina Cragg, Dai Tianxing, Gao Rui, Hua Rong, Wu Hua, Yuan Hang, Zhang Xuhui
Client SOHO China
Chinese partner practice ECADI (East China Architectural Design & Research Institute CO. LTD)
Lighting design CONCEPTLICHT GMBH
Images courtesy of gmp, photo by © Christian Gahl