By Yimeng Teng & Binxin Xie (VMDO Architects)
Locating to the east of Huangpu River, Pudong is an already well developed district in Shanghai. It is home to the famous Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone as well as many other Shanghai’s best known skyscrapers. Aside from its architectural wonders, Shanghai Expo Building, Zhangjiang Hi-tech industry park, Disney Resort, together with numerous housing development make this district populated with a density of 3,902/sq meter
The site of this project locates on top of Shanghai Pudong Expo Building. Being surrounded with housing and civic buildings, we found a potential of merging public parks, exhibition spaces and housing together through this city above city project, trying to experiment a prototype for well-developed area with such density to achieve a goal of “more population, no less space.”
Our concept is to achieve residential’s vertical expansion while incorporate living space with horizontal interference of common space. Structurally, Our method is to create four residential towers supported by vertical transportation core and timber facade. While in contrast to the rigid timber structure, we introduce timber truss to achieve vertical expansion. The intention is to buffer the high population by creating space with function of gallery, gym, breakrooms, etc. These secular activities would happen with the view of city skyline.
Three types of residential units are available to choose, from single studio to multiple room residences. Though building high with wood does give limitation on structural facade, we think it also give opportunities to introduce balcony spaces to almost each room in a unit. In this tower, balcony is no longer an accessory space attached to a single room, but a shared parameter between spaces.