Historical buildings are a symbol of urban civilization,
a carrier of social culture,
and preserve the memory slices of social development at different stages.
The Continental Bank is the second batch of outstanding historical buildings in Shanghai, and it is also a landmark building in the historic Bund area. It is across the river from the Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone, which is lined with high-rise buildings. Traditional and modern architectural forms complement each other. When faced with historical buildings that need to be protected, not only do we respect the historical appearance of the buildings as much as possible, and restore the historical memory they carry, but also match the historical buildings with contemporary social needs as much as possible from the space and technology, and give them new Zeitgeist.
“China’s Wall Street”
Jiujiang Road, the historical district on the Bund, where the Continental Bank in Shanghai is located, was a concentrated area of foreign banks in the concession era. It was known as “China’s Wall Street”, a large number of outstanding historical buildings of various styles have been preserved.
Old as old, New and Old Coexist
In the repair design process, for the parts that should be repaired, the requirements of not changing the original shape of the cultural relics (original shape, original size, raw materials, original craftsmanship) were complied with: the newly added functional areas are distinguished from historical buildings and are easy to identify. The four major principles of historic building protection are followed: rational use principle, minimum intervention principle, identifiable principle, and authenticity principle.
After comprehensively considering historical protection and modern use needs, the design proposes reasonable comprehensive repair measures. While protecting, rationally arrange the plane layout, and carry out necessary structural reinforcement and mechanical and electrical updates. The facade tried to restore the original appearance in the most authentic way.
After peeling off the tiles and adding the tiles, the repair team combined with the external wall waterproofing measures, and compared the original photos and the surrounding historical buildings, re-paved the external walls with Taishan bricks in order to restore the historical mottled texture.
The current situation of the first and second floors of the building is relatively intact. Mainly adopt the method of cleaning and repair, and restore the defects of historical copper doors and windows according to the process. In addition, some missing historical components, such as entrance skylights, were restored according to historical drawings and historical buildings on the Bund.
Reconstruction of Internal Space
After the renovation, the retains the original features of the historical building to the greatest extent, while creating an efficient and convenient office space. The building, which has a history of more than 80 years, has regained its former glory.
At the same time, some of the ceiling moldings were found in the historical photos of the building and on the scene. The design used them as the decorative motif. The ceiling moldings and the second-story glass balustrades were reshaped, and the Art-Deco form of the building was implemented from the inside to the outside.
Retro Sightseeing Elevator
The first floor of the reconstructed building is the experience center, and the second to third floors are the wealth management center. On the basis of not damaging the main layout of the original plan, a retro sightseeing elevator in the form of Art-Deco was added to the south of the first to third floors to make the lobby space more transparent and streamline smoother.
The repair team cleaned and repaired the relatively intact vault, and the internal functions can be used for cultural exhibitions and VIP reception. The fine and heavy treasury is the business card of the building as a historical building in the Bund.
Chinese Style Room 204
The second-floor Chinese-style room 204 uses mineral pigments that are not easily discolored and reversible to restore the painting on the top. In order to prolong the life of the historical painted ceiling, the damaged and cracked parts of the original panel were repaired, and the back of the painted panel was sealed with oil.
The standard-floor office space designed by Gensler interior design team is neat and smooth. Through lifting the roof of the 11th floor by 60cm, combined with the 11-story internal atrium, the defect of the original lower floor height of this floor is improved, which makes the space more vivid and open.
The reinforcement plan adds a steel structure strip member under the original truss, which further strengthens the characteristics of the steel truss and forms a distinct structural beauty. Outside the restaurant window is the Bund river view, and the designed top-level restaurant becomes an excellent place for employees to eat and rest.
is located in the Bund area, which is inherently rich in landscape resources. The repair design divides the roof terraces in a variety of ways, and at the same time reserves space for layout according to different usage requirements. The roof garden can fully enjoy the rich scenery of the Bund.