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The massive building will comprise an area of nearly 40 acres and according to Audrey Choi, Job Captain, “will be built with 22 seven-story high concrete ribs and over 10,000 panels of glass.” After completing the structural frame, KPF snapped several in-progress photographs of the construction site. “To wander inside a series of curved concrete ribs is something like it must be to see a whale skeleton from the inside,” says KPF Design Principal James von Klemperer. “Herman Melville would have been inspired.”

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To restore access to the river, Riverside 66 is justified toward He Ping Lu, a major shopping street famous in China, in order to retain space along the riverfront for a public park. The building’s central atrium divides the internal shell structure to create a direct link between the Hai He River and He Ping Lu. This direct link, along with the structure’s glazed facade and open circulation paths, give the building a sense of porosity and fluidity in the urban fabric, similar to a traditional Chinese marketplace. “The building engages the site’s disconnected edges and unites them within a single shell,” explains Jeffrey A. Kenoff, Director and Senior Designer at KPF. Other leading members on the project team include Paul Katz, FAIA as Managing Principal; Edwin Lau as Project Team Leader HK; and Peter Gross, AIA as Project Manager.

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