Shanghai 'Chandelier' boasts world's first in suspended cable construction
Due to be completed in May of this year, the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal, designed by Frank Repas Architecture, will be capable of accommodating up to three 80,000 tonne cruise ships at any one time and handle an expected passenger flow of over 1.5 million people annually. Sparch, the Asian arm of the Archial Group plc, has designed a mixed-use development adjacent to the terminal which will occupy a total floor area of more than 260,000 sq m and comprise 80 percent commercial use, and 20 percent public facilities, entertainment and retail outlets.
The centre piece of this mixed-use development has been dubbed the ‘Shanghai Chandelier’. With its 40m-high glass-clad portal, the Chandelier overlooks the public park and waterfront where city dwellers and tourists can congregate in an open space for festivals and events. Looking up from the ground, a view of several floating cafes, restaurants and bars suspended on cables beneath a seven-storey steel truss will greet passersby. This is the very first suspended cable construction of its type in the world.
This development also represents a first in Shanghai for sustainability, incorporating River Water Cooling Technology – utilising water from the Huang Pu River as a refrigerant to cool and thereby greatly reduce the buildings’ energy consumption during the summer months.
John Curran, project director in Sparch’s Shanghai Studio said: “Shanghai is undoubtedly the main driver of China’s fast-growing economy. Sparch is honoured to play our part in designing and developing the new Shanghai International Cruise Terminal commercial and entertainment site, which will provide another gateway for people on business or leisure to experience this thriving metropolis.”