Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio Pair Up for New Project
London Based studios Foster + Partners and Heatherwick recently paired up to design the new cultural center Fosun Foundation in Shanghai.
Foster + Partners is nothing less than one of the most innovative architecture and design firms in the world. They are pioneers of sustainable architecturehaving created over the past four decades, a wide range of projects that include urban masterplans, public infrastructures, cultural buildings, offices and even product designs.
The London based studio recently paired up with Heatherwick Studio, a team of 200 designers, architects and makers founded in 1994 by Thomas Heatherwick, to design the new cultural center Fosun Foundation in Shanghai.
The new arts and culture centre forms part of a new financial quarter on Shanghai’s waterfront. The Fosun Foundation is the centerpiece of the Bund Finance Center, a mixed-use complex for the end of famous Shanghai street The Bund.
Although the 190,000 square meter Bund Finance Center is still under construction, new images by photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu have emerged to show that the new cultural centre is now complete.
Inspired by traditional Chinese theaters, the three-storey building features a curtain-like facade of bronze tubes. These tubes hang in three layers, creating semi-transparent screens in front of windows and balconies.
When the design was first announced, the architects described this facade as “a moving veil, which adapts to the changing use of the building, and reveals the stage on the balcony and views towards Pudong”.
The architectureis a multilevel venue encircled by a three layers moving veil. Fosun Foundation‘s aim is to promote and provide various art exhibitions, fashion shows, culture performance, forums and summits.