Work has begun on a 200m-high tower in Shanghai designed by UK architect Foster + Partners.
The 42-storey office tower is in Foster’s trademark engineering chic style, with dark glazing to reduce glare, and an elegant stainless steel frame that has been pulled away from the corners to maximise views from the inside.
The building will be the first in the newly regenerated Suhewan East Urban Complex, and will be owned by property developer China Resources Land.
Gerard Evenden, head of studio for Foster + Partners, said: "The project occupies a pivotal position in the city, as a rapidly growing area for new businesses. In consonance with the city’s future vision for the area, our focus has been to provide a modern landmark inspired by its rich history and industrial past." Â
"The floorplates have been designed to enhance collaboration and communication, with special emphasis on natural daylight, as organisations look towards healthier and more open spaces to work."
The development’s lower levels will have views of the park to the east, while the higher floors will have views of the Pudong district, the Bund waterfront and the Huangpu River to the west.
The development is part of the city’s 2020 vision of drawing development towards the eastern quarter of Shanghai. Â
Images courtesy of Foster + Partners