The former 2010 Shanghai World Expo site will soon have a second lease on life now that work has begun to redevelop the area into a sustainable and lush urban development. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen, the expo site will become the Green Valley project centered around a spine of parks, gardens and vegetation. New offices will be constructed on either side of that existing green infrastructure, creating a new business district for the city.
The Shanghai World Expo site is located on the south banks of the Huangpu River, and during its heyday in the summer of 2010, 73 million people had visited. The theme, “Better City – Better Life,” had pavilions from countries all over the world, many of which we featured back in 2010. Almost all of those pavilions were deconstructed and removed, though, leaving behind the infrastructure, with green parks, promenades and cultural attractions. The China Pavilion now serves as the China Art Museum and will act as the anchor for the new business district.
The renovation and redevelopment of the expo site into the Green Valley development broke ground on May 30, 2013. Schmidt Hammer Lassen designed the master plan, the firm is partnering with East China Architecture and Design Institute and Shanghai Expo Construction Development Company on design work. The project will utilize the existing green spine with greenery, water and a soft landscaping that runs through the middle of the site. New construction will take place on either side that will offer up modern office space with a “high standard of finish, flexibility, consideration of environmental issues, and low operating costs.” Hanging gardens, courtyards, daylighting and a high level of sustainability will mark this project and create a new destination along the river front. Construction is expected to be complete in 2015.
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