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.