Huishan North Bund Shanghai, China. Courtesy Tim Griffith.
Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural engineering through the design development phase for a mixed-use development that will be the centerpiece of a waterfront revitalization that extends 10,000 feet along the Huangpu River. The project occupies a rectangular, one million-square-foot site with 2,500 feet of uninterrupted river frontage and panoramic views.
Public Plaza Leads to Retail and Parking
Huishan Plaza, on the ground level, is bounded by streets on three sides and by the river on the fourth, and will be open to the public. It will contain land and waterscaping including sunken gardens that will provide convenient access via grand stairs and escalators to the retail concourse below and will bring ample daylight to the retail setting. Three below-grade levels include one retail concourse and two levels of parking spaces, which span the full length of the site. In total, the underground construction floor area is approximately three million square feet.
Designed to Maximize Views
The plaza will host 14 office buildings ranging in height from 75 to 540 feet. The front row of buildings, placed closest to the river, are lower in height and spaced to maximize views for the rear row of taller buildings. The floor plate shapes and axial orientations of these buildings are tailored to maximize desirable views for each building while minimizing obstruction of views for neighboring buildings. The total construction floor area above grade is approximately 3.5 million square feet.
Two marinas will be placed at either end of the plaza. The larger West Marina will accommodate yachts up to 100 feet in length and will access the river by a 135-foot lock. The smaller East Marina will host yachts up to 30 feet long and will employ a lifting crane to transport boats between the marina and the river. Both marinas are constructed over three levels of below-grade parking.
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