Shanghai’s new International Cruise Terminal Wins Best Mixed-Use Buildings / by SPARCH

Designed by Sparch, the new Shanghai International Cruise Terminal wins the Best Mixed-use Buildings in the prestigious MIPIM Asia Awards in Hong Kong.

new Shanghai International Cruise Terminal

PRESS RELEASE 20 September 2011


Even before its completion at the end of the year, the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal mixed-use development has already clinched its first architectural award. The development, designed by international award-winning architects Sparch, won in the Best Mixed-Use Buildings category in the prestigious industry 2011 MIPIM Asia Awards.

This year marks the sixth edition of the awards competition which honours outstanding real estate projects in Asia-Pacific. Winners in the best mixed-use buildings category are selected based on the project concept, originality of architectural design and environment friendliness, among other criteria. The award will be presented to Sparch at the MIPIM Asia’s Gala Dinner on November 16, 2011 at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Sparch was appointed the master planner of the Cruise Terminal mixed-use development in 2004. Totalling a floor area of more than 260,000 sqm, the development comprises 80 per cent commercial use and 20 per cent public facilities, and entertainment and retail outlets.

The Shanghai International Cruise Terminal offers an eclectic mix of business and entertainment to Shanghai residents and strengthened the city’s status as a key commerce and tourism hub. The highlight of the development is a structure called the ‘Shanghai Chandelier’ – a 40m-high glass-clad portal that overlooks the public park and waterfront where an open space is set aside for residents and tourists to gather for festivals and events. The structure houses several ‘floating’ cafés, restaurants and bars suspended on cables in an extraordinary three-dimensional composition, the first suspended cable construction of its kind in the world.

The project also bears the signature imprint of Sparch in marrying environmental sustainability to creative design. The development utilises the “River Water Cooling Technology”, a first in Shanghai – where water from the Huangpu River is used as a refrigerant to naturally cool the buildings during the hot summer months, and then recycled back to the river.

“The Shanghai International Cruise Terminal is the collaborative result of Sparch and our client’s desire to create a prestigious environment for cruise companies to place Shanghai on their Southeast Asian routes. In addition, the mixed-used development meets the Shanghai Authorities’ call for a new maritime gateway in the heart of the metropolis and establishes dynamic spaces attracting locals and tourists to the Cruise Terminal every day,” said John Curran, Director of Sparch Shanghai.

The maritime development is the largest profit contributor for the developer; its average selling price per sqm rose 73.7 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2011, with the developer booking revenues of HK$1.73 billion from selling 21,406 sqm at HK$85,000 per sqm.

“We are very honoured that respected industry professionals have chosen Shanghai International Cruise Terminal as a winner in the Best Mixed-Use Buildings category of the prestigious 2011 MIPIM Asia Awards. To stand out from such intense competition and win is a tremendous boost to each and every one of us at Sparch as we strive to create distinctive architecture which balances civic, commercial and environmental aspirations,” said Curran.

Sparch most recently completed the re-design of Starhill Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Paragon City, the largest shopping mall in Semarang, Indonesia. This comes on the heels of Sparch’s latest win in an international competition – to design a multi-function cultural facility on the banks of the Huangpu River as part of the Xuhui district regeneration of the Shanghai Corniche, China. Dubbed ‘Tool Box’, Sparch’s design incorporates artifacts of the district’s existing industrial heritage. The 8,000 sqm building will house exhibition, performance and convention facilities with construction scheduled to begin in Spring 2012.

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