The You You International multi-use development is set to become one Shanghai's most exciting developments
The 200,000 sq m project will be a ten minute walk from the western edge of the Expo 2010 site and encompasses a varied program within a triptych of towers emerging from a pedestrian-scaled podium. The towers share a common form and serrated plan yet are individually distinguishable through variations in the area requirements of each tower's floor-plate, cladding choices and height.
The project covers two large city blocks connected by a pedestrian bridge at the second floor level. On the east block, an office tower hugs the southwest corner of a four-storey retail podium. On the west block, the hotel and service apartment tower rises from a three-storey
base of amenities including a spa, conference centre, restaurants and lobbies, all of which surround a publicly-accessible landscaped courtyard. In total, the development provides 200,000 sq m of space.
The curvilinear triangular form of the towers recognizes that there are privileged views in all directions in this part of the city. The result is an elegant yet dramatic presence in the skyline which marks a new destination in Shanghai's Pudong area. The courtyard is central to achieving the desired social animation. This idea is echoed in section over the three towers and defined by sky gardens of multi-level heights and soaring atria. These features establish public areas of respite, leisure and gathering along three axes, thus responding to the density and vigour of the city.