Daring projects are Shanghai's specialty. This unique development combines traditional Shanghainese Li Long neighborhoods with ultra modern commercial areas.
Traditional Li Long neighborhoods are long, narrow lanes of residential properties found throughout Shanghai. Many are being pulled down to allow for taller buildings and residential areas with more services and better facilities but others are being preserved as an important part of old Shanghainese culture.
SOHO on Fuxing Road in the heart of Xintiandi in central Shanghai tries to imitate the feeling and emotion of the Li Long with its intimate collection of buildings and narrow passages.
|Project:||SOHO Fuxing Plaza|
|Location:||Fuxing Road, Xintiandi, Shanghai|
|Architecture:||gmp Architects and Aim Architecture|
|Date of Completion:||2015|
SOHO consists of nine rectangular and square buildings with sloping roofs and several narrow passageways. At the core of the development is a medium-sized skyscraper (100m high). The network of pathways meets at the centre which is filled with vibrant restaurants and snack joints. SOHO Fuxing Plaza is part of a large real estate company with multiple high profile projects throughout China and making a big impression is key to each project.
The facades of the buildings are clad with stone strips of varying lengths and widths while the glass in most buildings is dark to provide a noticeable contrast. This mix of grey and black tones is characteristic of much of the architecture found on Shanghai's Bund and other parts of the city known for early-twentieth century architecture. LEED Gold certification was awarded to the project shortly before it opened and the area quickly filled up with shops, restaurants, cafes and studios thanks to its central location and position above a major metro station.
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