SPARCH completes Shanghai's new International Cruise Terminal
Shanghai International Cruise Terminal sits in the North Bund, offering spectacular views of Shanghai's famous historical Bund to the south and the skyscrapers of Pudong on the opposite side of the Huangpu River.
Sparch created one 'Chorus Line' of six cruise ship headquarter buildings and wrapped them in a fluid steel and glass solar skin that ties the scheme together as a backdrop to the arriving cruise ships that dock alongside. The scheme is a strong visual presence befitting a 21st-century continuation of the historical Bund.
In response to the Shanghai Authorities' desire to create more ‘breathing spaces' in the crowded municipality, 60% of the site's land area is designated as a Green Public Park for the citizens of Shanghai to gather and enjoy the riverfront views.
The Shanghai Authorities also wanted to create a significant landmark on the Huangpu River, so the 'Shanghai Chandelier' was born. The Chandelier, a 40-metre high landmark structure, forms the centerpiece of the site as it creates a dramatic City Stage addressing the public park and the waterfront, where thousands of people can gather to participate in festivals. It contains a mix of cultural events - public exhibition and performance spaces in addition to cafes, restaurants and bars.
The Shanghai International Cruise Terminal represents a first in Shanghai for sustainability, incorporating ‘River Water Cooling Technology' that utilises water from the Huangpu River as a refrigerant to cool and greatly reduce the buildings' energy consumption during summer. The mixed-used development will be completed in 4th Quarter of 2011.