Invited Competition (First Place)
Hong Kong Wuzhou International Group Co., Ltd.
Mixed-use office, hotel, retail, entertainment & lifestyle development
Synthesis Design + Architecture (Design Architect)
Shenzhen General Architectural Design Institute (Executive Architect, Structural Engineer, MEP)
OneView CG (Vizualisation)
Alvin Huang (Design Principal), Chia-ching Yang, Joseph Sarafian, David O. Wolthers
Situated along Huatai Road in the third ring of the urban metropolis of Shanghai, the Shanghai Wuzhou International plaza embodies the energy and vibrancy of the cities distinct urban environment. Inspired by traditional Chinese concepts of Yin and Yang, the development is organized as two nested volumes which have been broken apart to reveal a flowing canyon condition which connects the project to the urban fabric of the city. The northern block features an enclosed 4 story luxury retail shopping podium anchored by the corporate headquarters of developer Hong Kong Wuzhou International Group and a 5 star hotel tower. The southern block is composed of a 4 level retail, lifestyle and entertainment complex anchored by two office towers. The fluid canyon condition connects the two entry plazas of the site with a “river” stand alone detached retail units with a network of connective skybridges. Integrated landscaping, furnishings, and lighting within the canyon hard-scape are arranged in pulse like formations which stimulate and encourage visual and pedestrian activity.
The dynamic patterning and fluid pattern of the cladding embody the pulses of activity and urban energy of the city to merge façade with roof and podium with tower. The façade is to be clad with RHEINZINK standing-seam titanium zinc panels, while the roof system utilizes RHEINZINK double standing-seam titanium zinc panels. The roof area is equipped with interior gutters at its lowest points and is covered with perforated standing-seam profiles to protect it from soiling. The building material needs no maintenance because of the material’s patina, which develops during the course of natural weathering and protects it from corrosion. The patina is a layer of zinc carbonate, which regenerates itself.