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Gubei Gold Street, Shanghai, China

Thursday 02 Sep 2010

Heart of gold

Gubei Gold Street by SWA Group in Shanghai, China
SWA Group 
Gubei Gold Street by SWA Group in Shanghai, China Gubei Gold Street by SWA Group in Shanghai, China Gubei Gold Street by SWA Group in Shanghai, China Gubei Gold Street by SWA Group in Shanghai, China
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SWA Group's completed public space provides an urban focal point for Shanghai's Gubei district 

The densely populated Gubei District in Shanghai is a bustling urban district with a growing community of families. Design consultants were selected to design a new pedestrian mall (Gold Street) to provide the public with an iconic open space and a sanctuary from the hectic city. The new mall occupies three city blocks, flanked by 20-storey high-rise residential towers with retail at street level. Plazas, parks, water features, dining and retail terraces, an amphitheater and a monumental tree-lined raised terrace now attract focus and activity.

The landscape design merges both modern and classical elements. Tall Gingko trees line the retail promenade, creating a visual transition from the surrounding towers to the mall’s intimate gardens. Contrasting the city’s hard-edged environment, evergreen camphor trees ensure a welcoming canopy year-round, while deciduous cherry trees provide seasonal interest. The social ecology of this progressive neighborhood was also a major influence on the design. With little indoor-outdoor differentiation, retail, gallery and restaurant activity flows seamlessly out onto the spacious 30-foot wide promenade. Graphic paving and custom site furniture contribute to this fluid connection from building to open space. Separated from the retail promenade by a few steps, the central plaza’s abundant benches and shade provides residents with a place to interact as a community.

The success of the project has brought new energy to this part of the city of Shanghai. The pedestrian mall offers a peaceful sanctuary from the hectic street life as well as potential for urban ecology and natural cooling in a dense urban setting.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
SWA Group

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