MVRDV to design business district in Shanghai

Dutch studio MVRDV has won a competition to design a new business district in Shanghai which is already under construction near the city’s Hongqiao Airport.

The Central Business District will comprise a large southern plot and a smaller northern plot, together accommodating 10 office towers and an underground shopping centre by architecture firm Aedas.

Sunken plazas are proposed for both sites, creating pedestrian zones that are sheltered from the busy roads. Informal seating areas with include wide stairs with the larger of the two plazas surrounded by the windows of the new shopping centre.

Entrances to the shopping centre will be added at ground level as two giant glass cubes.