Landmark building earmarked for North Bund

Yang Jian
Plans are in place to erect a new landmark building on the North Bund shoreline – making it the tallest building on the west bank of the Huangpu River.
Yang Jian
Landmark building earmarked for North Bund
Ti Gong

Highrises on the North Bund in Hongkou District echo the Lujiazui skyscrapers across the Huangpu River. 

Plans are in place to erect a new landmark building on the North Bund shoreline — making it the tallest building on the west bank of the Huangpu River.

Hongkou District government revealed the plot of land planned for the 480-meter high-rise building has officially entered the pre-application phase of the procedure, which will eventually see the transfer of state-owned land to the business driving the construction.

The new building will cover an area of about 350,000 square meters and is being earmarked to drive the development of high-end industries and become a home global enterprise.

The plot of land, near Dantu, Dongchangzhi, Gaoyang and Tangshan roads, will see 24 percent of its areas used for commercial enterprise, restaurants and hotels, while the rest will be used for offices.

The project, within a car-free pedestrian zone, neighbors a central greenbelt area on the riverside and gives way to some spectacular scenery overlooking Huangpu River. Sightseeing platforms have been planned on the top floor and the second floor of the building, which will be open to the public around the clock. It will also feature an underground plaza covering 200 square meters.

The 480-meter landmark structure will become the tallest structure in Puxi, surpassing the 320-meter-high Sinar Mas Plaza tower, the current tallest building on the North Bund and the third-tallest in the city, after the 632-meter Shanghai Tower and the 492-meter Shanghai World Financial Center in Lujiazui.

The Lujiazui financial hub, on the east bank of the Huangpu River across from the Bund and the North Bund, forms downtown Shanghai’s “golden triangle.” The North Bund is already home to more than 4,700 shipping-related companies, including COSCO Shipping, Shanghai International Port Group, the China Shipowners’ Association and Costa Cruises.

Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang said planning for the North Bund is related to Shanghai’s future development and a hotspot to drive rapid economic growth.

The new round of planning on the North Bund is the city’s largest-scale project after the development of Pudong’s Lujiazui financial hub in the 1990s.

The district government has studied the development and planning of top-level central business districts in the world, such as Canary Wharf in London, Manhattan in New York and Marunouchi in Tokyo. The experience of other Huangpu River waterfronts, such as Lujiazui, Qiantan, or the New Bund, and the West Bund, has also been observed.

Development boost

Other key projects near completion on the North Bund include the city’s third Raffles City mall and Shanghai’s first Broadway-style theater.

The mall, which will open to the public next year, will cover 120,000 square meters of shopping area. It will have three stories above ground and two underground levels. It will feature the world’s trendiest brands, entertainment and recreation sites, art space and boutique supermarkets.

The 480-meter new landmark on the North Bund shoreline, the tallest building on the west bank of the Huangpu River, is expected to drive the development of high-end industries and be home to the headquarters of global enterprises.

The 2,000-seat theater, named North Bund SIIC Center, covers 240,000 square meters and will be completed by the end of the year. It will mainly stage Broadway musicals for the city’s locals.

The new-look North Bund, listed as a “new engine” of growth for Shanghai, includes a central business district with high-density office buildings and commercial facilities. The riverside region, covering about 4 square kilometers, will meet the same high standards of Lingang Special Area and the Pudong New Area in the east of Shanghai.

About 8.4 million square meters of new construction space has been planned for the waterfront, equivalent to the total amount of urban space in Lujiazui and on both sides of Century Avenue in Pudong. These include dozens of top-level office buildings, which will house about 100 headquarters of multinational firms, international organizations and functional institutes. The district has organized an expert panel and a chief architect office to guide the development and construction of the site. A number of the world’s top architects and urban planners have been appointed, while seven leading global architecture design institutes have been invited to take part in the development campaign.

Detailed planning has been completed for the skywalks, central park, underground space, industrial functions and management for the central business district.

Over 20 skyscrapers, including the 480-meter landmark, have begun soliciting design plans from across the world.

The district government has also launched a global competition with awards of up to 7 million yuan (US$1.08 million) to seek designs from around the world for the four key regions of Shanghai’s North Bund.

Designers, companies, colleges, as well as design and research institutes, are being asked to integrate into their plans the regional characteristics of the North Bund and its surroundings.

The Dongyuhang Road area was once home to several old derelict residential buildings. But, now most of its residents have been relocated, plans are in place to make it a new community while preserving its history at the same time.

The Tilanqiao area features multiple key historical sites, such as the over-century-old Tilanqiao Prison, formerly known as Ward Road Gaol, and the Ohel Moishe Synagogue. The nearby neighborhoods once accommodated Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution during World War II.

Shanshouli, a typical old lane-style neighborhood built around the 1920s, will have its residences preserved to highlight the history of the North Bund area.

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