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New Skyscraper Links Old and New Shanghai
Building developments divide opinions in historic Shanghai district (CCSS Level: Grade 10, Words: 240)
Nov 9, 2017 Culture & Entertainment
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In Shanghai's historic Bund district, visitors circle a new theatre with an in-your-face, and slowly rotating - veneer of bronze-coloured steel bamboo. Beside it, a pair of recently completed 175 metre-tall towers overlook the city's colonial-era buildings and the financial district just beyond.

These new structures from part of the Bund Finance Centre, a 420,000-square-metre masterplan designed jointly in collaboration between British architectural giants Heatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners. The development is rapidly transforming an area that is also known for its sternly unwelcoming office buildings.

Earlier this summer, the studios completed the centrepiece of the scheme, an arts and culture centre with a moving curtain-like facade made up from bronze-colored tubes. While the jewel-like arts centre and the glazed blocks that surround it are staggered in height, the towers loom over the development.

"The opportunity to make something new in this prominent location that had formerly been the river gateway to Shanghai's Old Town was extraordinary," said Heatherwick Studio founder Thomas Heatherwick.

"With a project that would create 420,000-square-meters of space, we felt a great duty to look for fresh ways to connect with China's amazing building heritage and make a meaningful public place for thousands of people to work and come together."

The 'landmark' towers are located on the south side waterfront. For now, however, it's the bronze-coloured theatre that is proving popular with riverside tourists.

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