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1933, Shanghai, China

Tuesday 25 Mar 2008

Abattoir gets new lease on life

1933 by WAN Editorial in Shanghai, China
1933 by WAN Editorial in Shanghai, China 1933 by WAN Editorial in Shanghai, China 1933 by WAN Editorial in Shanghai, China 1933 by WAN Editorial in Shanghai, China 1933 by WAN Editorial in Shanghai, China 1933 by WAN Editorial in Shanghai, China
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04/01/11 marc malki-herrero, shanghai
No Art Deco here as architecture resolutely turns its back to any decorative pretenses. Decoration strictly confined to the facade, just rounds and squares ( not typical art deco designs...) Inside columns are fused with the ceiling they support and Functionalism dominates the design as circulation is the key word here: ramps, stairways and proportion command circulation of men and beasts. Le Corbusier's slaughterhouses projects from 1918 and his 1928 Villa Savoye are the only references to a very recent past architecture on this building. Very far from Arts Decorarifs eclectism and superficial aspirations.
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1933 Building in Shanghai is restored and ready for business 

Set in the historic Hongkou district, 1933 was built amidst the vibrant urban landscape of turn-of the- century Shanghai. Designed originally by British architects, and built in 1933 by famous Chinese developers, the building was a part of a flourishing Shanghai. The area was a significant catalyst for the arts, literature and politics in China, bolstered by the welcoming of cultures from around the world.

The 1933 building served a variety of functions during its history, from abattoir to medicine factory. During the 20th century, alterations to the building and disrepair rendered 1933’s original grandeur unrecognizable.

It is now undergoing extensive restoration – and through this, a major Shanghai landmark is being created. Axon Concepts is responsible for the restoration and management of 1933. The central building marries classic architecture and Art Deco styling with beautiful geometric motifs. A complex system of sculpted concrete ramps, flyovers, flowering columns and spiral staircases form dramatic spaces for creative-driven tenants and events, leading to the grand centrepiece: a theatre-in-the-round with a polished glass stage and expansive rooftop terraces.

The unique complex, which is set to become operational in March 2008, will be a cosmopolitan collection of cutting-edge design and creative offices, creative retail, restaurants, bars and clubs, artist’s guilds, galleries, culture, arts and educational institutions across four heritage-listed buildings.

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