global architecture practice kohn pedersen fox (KPF) has designed the mixed-use complex, ‘huamu lot 10’, for a site in shanghai, china.
global architecture practice kohn pedersen fox (KPF) has designed the mixed-use complex, ‘huamu lot 10’, for a site in shanghai, china. the design aims to create a sustainable urban environment that welcomes visitors to experience nature and art in an active setting, establishing a new form of urbanism. the design principal, jeffery a. kenoff, defines the project as ‘an integrated place of culture and commerce.’
KPF articulates ‘huamu lot 10’ by three office towers and a future museum, carefully situated around a grand central plaza which is designed to accommodate large-scale artwork. each of the three towers is efficiently planned and rationally massed to make a strong statement and respond to a variety of functions. the glass curtain wall façades allow for panoramic views and bring natural light to the buildings’ interiors, while horizontal elements emphasize their rigidity and break up the verticality of the structures.
the most notable aspect of the design are the subtle cantilevers formed at uniform heights, creating a visually connected ‘sky gallery’. at night, these galleries are illuminated to become bright features in the city and marking ‘huamu lot 10’ from a distance. the scheme also incorporates stepped gardens located on the roofs and terraces, providing occupants with outdoor gathering spaces and boasting impressive views of the city. by incorporating the cantilevered elements at the mid-point of the towers, the project aims to create a unique identity within the shanghai skyline.