Shanghai Lujiazui Roncheng Changyi Project

Shanghai, China

The new eight-building, 244,500-square-meter Shanghai Lujiazui Roncheng Changyi Project is located in the Pudong area of Shanghai. The site is one of the last undeveloped parcels in the area, with prominent views of Pudong’s iconic skyline. The new mixed-use complex features two office towers, five residential towers, and a cultural/office building.

The various towers are intended to create a unified expression through their tapered and stepped crowns that offer unique outdoor terraces for tenants and residents while providing unobstructed views to the Huangpu River and the Pudong and Puxi skylines. All of the towers are connected at the base through an elevated pedestrian platform. This platform is organically shaped, in contrast to the crystalline tower forms, and provides an expansive landscaped surface seldom found in the dense CBD. Termed the “Cloud Garden,” the platform provides continuous shade and weather protection for the ground plane and directly links to the lower-level subway stations adjacent to the site. Additionally, this bold design feature establishes an identifiable neighborhood district for the public and residents alike.  

The northern perimeter of the parcels is bordered by existing residential neighborhoods. In response to this context, the tower volumes are reduced in height, and shared programmatic elements like the kindergarten and community-based venues are located along this edge. The massing character of these buildings is softer in this location, and the exteriors feature undulating facades that naturally give way to openings in the buildings. The result encourages neighbors to enter the heart of the development under and through the Cloud Garden. Warm-toned materials and heavily landscaped pedestrian avenues further establish a direct connection to the surrounding neighborhoods.