The Bund Finance center of China, Shanghai is a landmark for the city, thanks to its strategic positioning and unique curtain façade.
Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio in collaboration designed The Bund. The 420,000-square-metre space, in addition to the art center, two 180 meter high towers, a boutique hotel and a variety of luxury retail spaces has been designed taking inspiration from Chinese theatres; 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.
The main theatre auditorium, the 4,000-squaremetre building also contains a series of exhibition and events halls, including one on the roof.
The building’s facade is designed to resemble a moving veil or a set of curtains which wrap around the structure. It adapts to the changing use of the building spaces and it frames the views in interesting ways. The facade is built as a series of bronze tubes arranged in a parallel pattern, in several overlapping layers.
The architects made sure to also allow it to blend in so they maintained the same proportions and height in relation to the existing structures.