Night Walk In Shanghai's Most Cyberpunk Areas | New Bund And Lujiazui | 4K HDR | 上海 | 晶耀前滩 | 陆家嘴
Shanghai is currently constructing and promoting a new business district in Pudong along the bank of the Huangpu River, known as the Qiantan International Business District, or “The New Bund”, as official translations refer to it. In the northeast of the New Bund Plaza Business District known as the "second Lujiazui" in China's largest city Shanghai, the New Bund Enterprise World covers an area of 255,000 sqm. More than 20 buildings are planned to be erected in this area of the futuristic Pudong district in various functions and different sizes in five construction phases. Over 84,000 sqm of commercial space and nearly 42,000 sqm of living space are to be created. The New Bund Plaza complex currently consists of the buildings including Phase II as well as 29-03 and 33-01.
The buildings provide office space for numerous well-known tenants, such as Land Rover or Tiger Gas. An invigorating development merging commercial and residential activity, Crystal Plaza is Shanghai’s newest urban destination. Located in the heart of the New Bund, an emerging business center in Pudong, the project consists of six office towers 80 to 120 meters tall and six residential towers situated on the southern-most parcel. Positioned like crystals in a garden, the office towers rise atop a podium interlaced by a network of pedestrian axes, encircling an open, multifaceted urban plaza that houses retail and amenity activity on multiple levels.
The heart of the complex, this central courtyard is connected by pedestrian bridges to the surrounding city and features a grand landscaped stair, inviting people to enter. This feature imbues a unique spatial quality throughout the site and provides a distinguished, elevated urban experience. The tower massing, ascension of height, and rotation creates a sense of enclosure while enhancing views into the site. The office towers provide Class-A work spaces, with 4.5-meter floor-to-floor heights. Each building has an independent drop-off area, deliberately separated from the ground-level pedestrian circulation. Landscape elements such as plantings and trellises are strategically positioned on and around the podium to create a comfortable and attractive outdoor and semi-outdoor environment.
Breaking from rectangular geometries to create a more crystalline character, the tower façade design utilizes vertical and diagonal metal fins that reflect light in different directions at different view angles to reinforce the dynamic forms of the buildings. The same logic is carried over to the podium façade and into the interiors, such as the lobby, where surfaces are sculpted and carved to create unique spaces. Lujiazui is Shanghai’s glitzy financial district, known for futuristic skyscrapers like the Shanghai Tower, with its lofty observation deck, and the needle-like Oriental Pearl TV Tower, home to the Shanghai Municipal History Museum.
The area is also noted for its luxe-hotel nightlife, with European fine dining, stylish bars and posh dance clubs offering panoramic views. Lying on the east bank of Huangpu River and facing the Bund, Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone occupies 28 square kilometers (10.8 square miles) and is studded with around 100 high-rise buildings. Many are landmark buildings of Shanghai, making the area a great place to experience the modern flavor of this metropolis. Often called the 'Wall Street of China', Lujiazui is the largest financial zone in mainland China, with more than 400 banks and financial institutions from both home and abroad, including HSBC, Citibank, and Standard Chartered Bank. In addition, it is home to the headquarters of over 70 international giants and about 5,000 companies engaged in trade, investment, and intermediary services. The sum of transactions in the Shanghai stock market ranks it the 2nd in the world only behind the New York Stock Exchange.
Since the reform and opening-up policy carried out in 1978, Shanghai has enjoyed a great economic boom, and Lujiazui is gradually becoming more widely known. However, few know the origin of the name (Lu Jia Zui in Chinese), which literally means Lu family dwelling on a mouth-shaped alluvial beach. In fact, the name is associated with Lu Shen, a noted scholar of Imperial Academy in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644).
After Lu retired, he lived on this land until his death. Today, you can still find Lu Shen's calligraphy in Shanghai Museum. His former residence and family cemetery are located in this area. In Lujiazui, the charm of the city as an international metropolis is unfolded to the largest degree. One can admire the modern skyscrapers along Binjiang Avenue as well as various buildings of different architectural styles across the Huangpu River. The four tallest landmarks of the city - the Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Shanghai Tower are constructed next to each other.
When night comes, all the buildings are decorated with shining colorful lights, presenting a gorgeous scene before your eyes. The Bund, facing this financial zone across the river, is the most wonderful place to enjoy the night view.