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Sunbow Financial Centre

The ease and elegance of this urban landscape belies the challenge of its design. Occupying a constrained site peppered with above- and below-ground utilities and structural obstacles, the Sunbow Financial Centre landscape is a testament to the power of landscape architecture to rebirth complicated urban spaces as generous social ones.
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  • CLIENT Shanghai Land (Group) Co., Ltd., Shanghai World Expo Land Holding Co., China Resources Land Shanghai Ltd.(agent construction)
  • TEAM ASPECT Studios, East China Urban Architectural Design & Research Institute, Gradient Lighting Design Co., Ltd., Shanghai XianDai Architectural Decoration & Landscape Design Research Institute Co.,Ltd., HPP Architects, Environmental Art Design, Shanghai Shangfang Greening Construction Co.,Ltd.
  • LOCATION Shanghai, China
  • YEAR 2020
The signature element of the project is the Floating Garden, a striking green form composed of the project’s signature rectangular frames that reference the simple architecture of the surrounding buildings. This structure encases and conceals several pre-existing lift heads, stairwells, utilities and access points, an outcome that involved meeting a large number of complex ventilation and engineering requirements.
By using a singular, unified response across the project, ASPECT produced a flexible and adaptive design that mitigated the site’s many constraints. The layered frames navigate, rise, fall and adapt playfully throughout the site to alleviate and embrace these constraints while accommodating trees, shrubs and significant soil depth on the basement structure. Inverting the site’s negative elements into positive solutions is a key part of the project’s success.
  • AWARDS 2021 CREDAWARD - Gold Award, Commercial Landscape of the Year
    2021 5th ELA International Landscape Awards - Commercial Landscape of the Year, Top 10 Landscape Projects
    2021 REARD Global Real Estate Awards - Honor Award, Business and Office Design for Landscape