This is certainly a special building as you would expect from one designed by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio.


Situated right on the Bund, in the heart of Shanghai this development defines a new area which connects the historic and international area of the Bund with the old town to its south.

ProjectThe Bund Finance Centre
ArchitectsHeatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners
Area4,000 m2
Construction2010-2017

      The Building


      Eight buildings make up this project including two 180-metre towers but the showcase of the development is clearly the arts and cultural centre which is encircled by a moving bronze veil making this a living and moving building. Inside lies a lobby, atrium and café, auditoriums and a large multi-function space used for conferences, exhibitions and shows. A public plaza sits in the middle of the project.

      The Moving Building - Shanghai Bund Finance Centre and the skyscrapers of Pudong in the background
      The Moving Building - Shanghai Bund Finance Centre and the public plaza
      Public plaza and the Arts and Cultural Centre which is the heart of the Bund Finance Centre, image courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

      The Curtains


      The moving curtains are what makes this building stand out. Three layers of vertical, gold-colored stainless-steel pipes hang from the third floor of the building and move along tracks which are powered by motors. Throughout the day these layers slowly rotate around the building accompanied by music. In addition to being inspired by Chinese theatre curtains, they also bear a close resemblance to a harp and ancient Chinese crowns. The gold finish on the pipes is achieved using Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) which leads to a vibrant gold color.

      The Moving Building - Shanghai Bund Finance Centre occupied by the Fosun Foundation
      Centrepiece of the Bund Finance Centre, "G_1136" by Scott Chu is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
      The Moving Building - Shanghai Bund Finance Centre, the golden curtains move throughout the day
      Shanghai Bund Finance Centre with the skyscrapers of Pudong in the background

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