Recalling the historical trajectory of the Bank of East Asia，
It’s like reading the financial history of Shanghai during the colonial period.
“China’s Wall Street”
Jiujiang Road, the historical district on the Bund, where the Bank of East Asia Building is located, is a concentrated area of foreign banks in the concession era. It is called “China’s Wall Street” and has preserved a large number of outstanding historical buildings of various styles.
The Bank of East Asia Building is less than 200 meters away from Zhongshan First Road, and a 2-minute walk along Jiujiang Road, you can reach the Bund. The surrounding area is mainly historical buildings, with new high-rise buildings farther away. At the same time, the building is designed with a curved surface at the corner to deal with the urban interface.
The facade design of the Bank of East Asia is concise. The cornice and the horizontal lines on the first floor and the vertical structural columns in the middle form a harmonious proportion and composition. During the renovation, the beautiful facade design was restored.
The window openings along the street on the first floor were also blocked due to the need for bank security. During the restoration process, the decoration under the windows was restored with reference to historical photos and the style of Guanglu Bank. During the construction process of restoring the windows on the first floor, the original cast iron window railings were accidentally discovered. Repaint it after correcting it and display it in situ now.
Protect and repair the facade, and strive to truly and completely present the historical architecture and cultural environment. First, the paint that was covered on the building’s exterior wall was cleaned in the later period. The background color, particle size and ratio of the stone were inspected on sit. The damage and later changes were repaired using traditional techniques. It reproduces the painted stone exterior wall finishes at the initial stage of completion, which more truly reflects the style and features of historical buildings.
建筑转角处设塔司干式双柱主入口，塔司干柱式是罗马最早的建筑形式 ,它是陶立克式的一种更粗短的变体 。将柱子部分埋入墙中 ,称为附墙柱或半身柱，同时是立面装饰的重要组成部分。
At the corner of the building, there is the main entrance of the tower with two columns. The tower with the column is the earliest architectural form in Rome. It is a stubby variant of the Doric style. Part of the column is buried in the wall, which is called a wall-attached column or a half-length column, and it is an important part of the facade decoration.
The main entrance of the bank and the towers beside the door
Cast bronze door at the main entrance
Handwritten traditional Bank relief on the side of the door handle
Bank Sub Entrance
First Floor Exhibition Hall
The exhibition hall is dominated by black and white checkered patterns with high headroom, giving people a solemn and elegant feeling. The history is restored to the public in its truest appearance by way of real-world display, and the original ceiling fans and chandeliers are preserved.
The ground floor lobby is a large span space with a clear height of 6 meters, with black and white color-matched marble floor tiles and a 24 meters long marble counter. The decorative moldings of the ceiling highlight the sense of lines, and the wall is decorated with rectangular line patterns to give the lobby a calm and elegant temperament.
At the other end of the door of the exhibition hall is the blend of history and modern style. The designer transformed the narrow wooden staircase in the back-up space of the foyer into a spiral staircase that leads directly to the second floor, which improves the accessibility of the bank’s business hall on the second floor of the building.
The white spiral staircase is more coordinated with the original black and white marble decoration of the entrance hall, and also maintains the sense of purity of the space.
一层的金库、保险库内完整保存了拼花马赛克地坪、彩色铅条玻璃木门，以及美国万事利公司（THE MOSLER SAFE CO.）的金库大门。
The vaults on the first floor are fully preserved with mosaic floors, colored leaded glass wooden doors, and the vault gates of THE MOSLER SAFE CO.
Second Floor Business Hall
The aisles of the same office use warm logs to balance with the gray marble floor. At the same time, the warm-colored lights contrast with the outdoor skylight, complementing each other.
From the stairs to the second-floor business hall, you can directly view the historical buildings on the opposite street. The open windows on the corners also allow the interior to maximize the lighting and landscape.
The eighth floor was added in 1930. After renovation, it was used as a space for dining, communication and training for bank employees. The style of furniture is different from the reception space on the first and second floors. The light gray polished concrete floor and wall texture responds to the once vacant state of the eight floors, and gives the space a sense of simplicity and brightness. However, soft wooden partitions are still used to bring a warm and cordial atmosphere to the interior.
The details of the Art Deco style inside the building can be seen everywhere, such as geometric abstract graphics, custom iron railings, curvilinear bird, and so on. The decoration materials and craftsmanship reflect the original characteristics and recognizability of the East Asia Building to a certain extent.
Walking out from the eighth floor, we arrived at the reconstructed stairs leading to the roof terrace. Large area floor-to-ceiling glass windows gave visitors an open view, and the Oriental Pearl Tower on the opposite bank attracted vistors to climb up the stairs.
Pushing open the glass door and walking up to the roof terrace, it seems that there is a wonderful experience of pulling away from history and returning to modernity. The terrace, as an outdoor extension of the eighth-floor multifunctional hall, provides a more open and comfortable activity space and landscape experience. The east-facing side of the terrace with a good view of the landscape is completely used as an activity area, with a sweeping view of the Huangpu River and Lujiazui View.
Looking at the Oriental Pearl Tower from the tower, the tower echoes the city skyline on the opposite bank. The roof railings are mainly composed of simple lines, and the floor tiles are also grayish wood, which is more compatible with the terrazzo material of the tower.