Shanghai Rockbund Reconstruction Project

Seated in the confluent area of Suzhou River and Huangpu River in Shanghai, the project is jointly designed by CCDI and the US ARQ and David Chipperfield Architects. It consists of the repair and renovation of some historical architectures and the design and construction of some new architectures, and injects a diversified range of functions (commerce, office, hotel, apartment, cultural exchange, etc.) into this area.

Project Location:


Building Area:

114,000m²(newly built50,000m²)

Building Height:

60m/14 stories


Shanghai Rockefeller Group Rockbund Comprehensive Development Co., Ltd.





Product Category:

Public building and urban complex

Specialty Involved:

Building, structure and M&E
The birth of the “Rockbund” reconstruction project is based on the retention and renovation of 15 existing excellent historical architectures and a batch of other historical architectures built in different styles in different ages and shaping the overall historical and cultural styles and features of the Bund with excellent architectures.
The Bund keeps the imprints of times left by numerous people with lofty ideals, and each and every architecture designed and built on the Bund represents a crystallization of the most advanced engineering techniques of the age which witnessed their birth. The entire Shanghai Rockefeller Group Rockbund project, jointly designed by CCDI and the US ARQ, consists of the repair and renovation of some historical architectures and the design and construction of some new architectures, injects a diversified range of functions (commerce, office, hotel, apartment, cultural exchange, etc.) into this area, and aims to create a large-scale high culture and fashion life center, reshape the urban glamor on the water banks of the Huangpu River and the Suzhou River, inject new vitality into the Bund and attract both domestic and overseas talents to work, live and enjoy their life here. Meanwhile, a coordinated and balanced urban relation is proposed to be established between Lujiazui and the Bund.

Architectural design

Architectural design:
The design techniques of bottom overhead, atrium, set-back, dislocation and overlying are employed to retain the styles and features of lanes and alleys.
The three newly-built 14-story towers, integrating commercial, office and residential functions, will carry on the style of the 12 protected architectures in the base, and be divided vertically into three parts in the form of set-back layer by layer, thus to perfectly coordinate the new and old architectures, interact with the public space and meet the functional and open space demands of modern architectures.
The combination and unification of new and old architectures constitute the focus of this project, and, through cautiously dealing with architectural massing division, facade material colors and wall-window relation, the architect has ensured that the styles of monomer architectures conform to the overall style of the project and has embodied the concept of modern architecture protection and development advocated by contemporary architects. After completion, the three towers, located between Mingyuan Road and Huqiu Road, will fully utilize the lane-alley relations of old architectures to introduce pedestrian flows into the base, and effectively create a connected and penetrated texture for the entire area through the connections of the inner environment.
The dark red pottery clay face bricks are used according to the texture and lines of old architectures, and new architectures are built in conformity to the overall style of the project.
Tall and straight vertical lines are attached on the dark red pottery clay face bricks, perfectly tallying with China Baptist Building in decorative art and style.

Structural design

Structural design:
The highly changeable outer architectural lines and layers have created the layer-by-layer set-back and transition effect for the top structure of the podium.
Thus, in the project, we have developed corner-type lapping columns based on existing single-time lapping columns, and fully utilized the spatial changes on the architectures to create a unique girderless floor-corner-type lapping column structure system.
A finite element comparative analysis is conducted on the 3D space of the multi-software and multi-model fine structure.
The seismic shaking table is conducted for simulation to ensure its structural safety and its satisfaction of anti-seismic performance requirements provided by the laws and regulations of the state.

M&E design

M&E design:
Electrical design: large-scale retention of the historical original appearance of 11 protected and preserved architectures with a history of more than a century through repair and renovation, and comprehensive consideration in pipeline laying
Water supply and drainage: ingenious combination of top-brand equipment, bronze rainwater pipes and water mist system, embodying low-key luxury
Heating and ventilation design: adequate consideration of the protection and restoration as the past of historical architectures in the design of the air conditioning system, and setting of a centralized energy center in the historical architectural complex
Intelligent design: staged project development, customized comprehensive pipeline transition scheme in M&E design, and satisfaction of service function demands in various stages
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