Adding Character To A City Icon

Visual Merchandising and Retail Design|July 2020

Adding Character To A City Icon
Retail has a lot to contribute to a city’s character and architecture. After winning the international design competition, Kokaistudios returned to Shanghai’s most exclusive waterfront district and completed a multifaceted interiors project for landmark architecture scheme, Bund Finance Center. Designed by Heatherwick Studios in partnership with Foster + Partners, the 91,982 sqm mixed-use development represents a significant addition to the city’s skyline, connecting Shanghai’s historic old town to its commercial heart. Presented below are excerpts from the details shared by Kokaistudios .
Frances Arnold

A major mixed-use development connecting Shanghai’s commercial heart to its old town, Bund Finance Center’s landmark architecture has fast become a Shanghai icon. Called upon to design interiors for the project’s mall, the project marks Kokaistudios a return to the city’s historic Bund, where in 2006 they led the renovation of UNESCO Heritage Award-winning Bund 18.

Project Requirements

Occupying the development’s southern district, the BFC Mall represented an exciting challenge for Kokaistudios to create interiors that conceptually link to its riverside locale; blur boundaries between inside and out; and above all, support the shopping center’s lifestyle remit.


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July 2020