Architecture is an aesthetic classroom for everyone in the city.
Architecture is an aesthetic that cannot be avoided, escaped, and is compulsory.
Located in the Hongqiao Central Business District, Gubei SOHO, designed by KPF, is newly completed. The project adopts distinctive twists and turns to form a dynamic outline, organically extending the new Hongqiao central green space and creating another landmark in the Shanghai Central Business District.
Gubei SOHO, located in the Changning District of Shanghai, is inspired by the Romanian “Endless Column”. The zigzag shape extends to the sky, reflecting the beauty of the structure.
The project consists of a 38-story office tower and a 12-story podium with commercial and underground parking lots. The landscape design makes full use of the proximity to the park to extend the experience of resting and strolling in the lush natural environment.
The building makes full use of the advantages of the central location overlooking the park landscape, while adopting a reasonable and expressive architectural shape. Inspired by Constantine Brancusi’s Endless Column, the building adopts a wavy obelisk shape with diagonally slanted zigzag contours. Each side of the sculpture is composed of four stacked volumes.
The beauty of Structure
The dense wall surface formed by a series of conversion column nets, which plays the role of effective shading, reducing glass glare, and creating a sense of urban solidity. Based on a more concise connection, the volume of the podium and the tower complement each other. The angle on the vertical plane emphasizes the street experience by reflecting the residential community. A sky garden is set on the top floor to provide dining and outdoor space for the tenants and the public.
The shape of the main building of Gubei SOHO presents a continuous cycle of broken lines. In this zigzag upward process, the building encounters the transfer of various elements: the transfer with the sunken square, the transfer with the entrance awning, and the transfer of the corridor flyover. These handover parts reflect the designer’s pursuit of aesthetics and architecture, and these ultimately form a building with aesthetic value, a building full of details.
Inside is Outside, Outside is Inside
The interior design of the project also incorporates the design elements of the external shape. The metal plate hanging on the inner wall of the lobby adopts the same folding line treatment as that of the outer facade, so that the inside and the outside are harmoniously unified. In the treatment of the atrium of the auxiliary building, it fully reflects the ingenious echo of the inside and the outside. The whole atrium is surrounded by metal partitions and folds upwards, forming a sense of rhythm that echoes the shape of the exterior facade, making the entire space from the outside to inside, from inside to outside.
As night falls, the lights become the protagonist. The floodlighting of the entire façade more clearly outlines the rhythmic polyline shape of the building, and the building appears quiet and dignified under the background of the light. The interior lights of the building are projected from the glazed curtain wall. The contrast between the virtual glass and the real curtain wall stile is enhanced. The black and white of the virtual and the real are constantly changing from top to bottom, and the rhythm of the facade is perfectly displayed.