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2015 | Competition

 

Client | Shanghai Workers’ Association

 

81000 sqm | Planning, Asset Enhancement, Education & culture

 

Huxi Cultural Hub is a mixed used development of 200,000sqm of offices, SOHO, sports, cultural and entertainment facilities that combine to provide a destination for the local and wider community. Well connected to public infrastructure via the subway, light rail and bus terminal the Huxi cultural district is organised around a public garden and lake. Spark’s proposition aims to revisit the heritage of old Shanghai in 1873 a walled city providing an element of surprise to the visitor as they cross the threshold into ‘secret’ garden. The required programme and functional buildings form a protective edge around the lake and landscape where historical sculptures have been conserved. The Workers’ Museum and ice skating rink are located underground and accessed via the lake, creating a varied spatial experience. The three dimensional layered relationship between the pedestrian and the varied scales of building are further animated by restaurant terraces with framed views over the development.

“SPARK’S PROPOSITION AIMS TO REVISIT THE HERITAGE OF OLD SHANGHAI IN 1873 A WALLED CITY PROVIDING AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE TO THE VISITOR AS THEY CROSS THE THRESHOLD INTO ‘SECRET’ GARDEN. THE THREE DIMENSIONAL LAYERED RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE PEDESTRIAN AND THE VARIED SCALES OF BUILDING ARE FURTHER ANIMATED BY RESTAURANT TERRACES WITH FRAMED VIEWS OVER THE DEVELOPMENT.”