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.
|Project||The Bund Finance Centre|
|Architects||Heatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners|
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 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.
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