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, 75 per cent of the site's land area is designated as a public park for the citizens and tourists to gather and enjoy the riverfront views.
The Shanghai authorities also wanted a significant landmark along the Huangpu River; the Shanghai Chandelier, as it has been dubbed, was the result, and is the first such suspended cable structure in the world.
The Shanghai Chandelier, a 40m-high landmark structure, forms the centre piece 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 houses several floating restaurants, cafés and bars suspended on cables beneath a seven-storey steel truss in an extraordinary three-dimensional composition.
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.