• Riviera TwinStar Square, Pudong, Shanghai

    22 October 2011

    Developed by CITIC Pacific Group and China State Shipping Corporation, Riviera TwinStar Square is a 200,000 square metre mixed-use project which includes two 49-storey stone and glass office towers which rise in tandem on the shore of the Huangpu River. Located in the historic Shanghai Shipyard Site, the towers now serve as the corporate headquarters of Agriculture Bank of China and China Construction Bank.

    The office towers were designed to form a gateway in the shape of a ship aligning with the axis of the slipway and leads to Celebration Park, also on the waterfront. Their nautical symmetry conveys memories of the ships that were once launched from the now relocated Shanghai Shipyards.

    “As the two symmetrical towers are to be occupied by two different bank headquarters, we focused our design on balance, order, and stability so that the tower’s interdependence sends a message of union and mutual respect,” Peter Brannan, Managing Director, Arquitectonica Asia.

    This site is designed with the idea of integrating a high profile urban space within a new state-of-the-art, highly modern business environment. Adding a sense of place, or destination to an already popular area where the community can utilize and enjoy the river landscape and partake in various recreational activities.

    As China enters a new era of expectation in finding sophisticated design solutions for their growing business needs and adapting this for finance companies requiring grade-A office buildings – this project considers the eco, energy saving and strong sustainable features in the development. The whole project is low-carbon energy driven. The choice of materials, use of recycled materials, or reuse of materials, fully embodies the concept of sustainable development.


    The 280-meter-tall Lumina Shanghai, developed by Henderson Land Group and designed by Gensler, is the tallest skyscraper in the Xuhui Riverside District.

    A sophisticated yet modern setting was derived by juxtaposition of Indochine-Vietnamese features and wood-fire inspired material palettes. Re-interpretation of the spatial order of a typical Indochine-Vietnamese mansion has been adopted to give hierarchy, layers and details to the space.


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