Anchoring at the end of the proposed Hongqiao primary retail axis in Shanghai, and with a canal meandering through the northern edge of the site, the Linkong Block 10-1 Development is the destination for the public within the Linkong Business Park. The program for the development, ‘The Urban Crossing’, calls for a boutique urban mixed-use project with office, retail, gallery, conference center, and water promenade plaza. This concept by Aedas is to create a brand new landmark, which further establishes a strong civic presence through its iconic form and vibrant program mix. Portrayed as the Gateway of Hongqiao Airport Transportation Hub, the project is deemed to generate synergy from public and commercial activities.
In keeping with a metaphoric image with functional requirements within a limited site confine, the concept places a series of vertical forums and stages using inter-connecting layers of platforms, while maintaining a strong gateway presence. These platforms allow access and offer distinct views at various levels and locations. The Urban Crossing also signifies a dynamic mix of urban forum, windows, stage, and observatory, providing platforms for different activities throughout the day.
The form consists of two office towers linked by two weaved platforms at upper and lower floors. The platforms combine with a north-south directional shift on the towers to complete the portal concept. The elevated linkages complete this iconic form, and the diagonal connections receive circulation movements from three different axes and distribute people flow to various platforms. Simple shifting and connecting paradigm enriches the overall spatial quality, while satisfying the users’ functional requirements and providing a place for drifting. The Urban Crossing is capable of hosting multiple major events, while maintaining daily commercial/retail activities as part of the urban living scene.
The project will be the focal point in Linkong Business Park where people gather and exchange. The shifting of architectural form, layering and circulation pattern expressed the Crossing concept in architectural terms. Functional interaction and spatial extension between the interior and exterior, further strengthens and completes the inter-connected vertical living room/showcase concept at The Urban Crossing.