Shanghai is seeing another round of shopping malls opening in 2017, because that is exactly what we need more of. Here are five of the biggest openings to look out for.
The HKRI Taikoo Hui, formerly known as Dazhongli, will be the last major commercial development in the Jing'an area. It will hold a retail mall, two office towers and three hotels and serviced apartments, covering a gross floor area of 321,200sqm. The mall will welcome fourteen China first-timer retail brands and the world's largest Starbucks Roastery and Reserve. In order to make way for the complex, the Shanghai Minli Middle School, a 91-year old heritage building had to be moved, intact. Engineers spent nearly ten months planning the project and two weeks painstakingly reinforcing and lifting it on rails, before sliding it 57m down the road onto Weihai Lu.
Where: 789 Nanjing Xi Lu (near Shimen Yi Lu) 南京西路789号 (近石门一路)
Measuring at 632m, the Shanghai Tower is the world's tallest building by height to highest usable floor, and the second tallest building by height to architectural top (behind Dubai's Burj Khalifa). If you want a bird's eye view of Shanghai, this is the building you're going to want to go to. It eased into soft opening in the summer of 2016 and will officially open to the public this year. The building will host offices, a luxury hotel, retail stores, communal and cultural spaces, the world's highest observation deck on the 118th floor, and the world's fastest elevator. It's also one of the most advanced sustainable skyscrapers in the world, with green initiatives like double facades built into the building that help insulate the tower and save energy, and wind turbines that help generate power for exterior lighting.
Where: 479 Lujiazhui Huan Lu (near Dongtai Lu) 陆家嘴环路479号 (近东泰路)
The LuOne will be built on the intersection of Madang Lu and Xujiahui Lu, within 10 minutes walking distance to both Xintiandi, Tianzifang and Huaihai Zhong Lu. The architect is Moshe Safdie, who has designed a 'green oasis' in the middle of the city, with dome skylights, atrium gardens, waterscape walls, and more. It will be directly connected to metro lines 9 and 13.
Where: Madang Lu and Xujiahui Lu interchange 徐家汇路和马当路交汇
Comprised of two 34-storey towers (this includes two basement levels) and a retail podium, the total gross floor area of the Century Link complex measures in at roughly 130,000 sqm. It's located in Lujiazui atop the Century Avenue interchange hub that connects metro lines 2, 4, 6 and 9. The space will host 500 retail stores, a sprawling rooftop garden, offices and more. The project was designed by US architecture and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, who was behind projects like Dubai's Burj Khalifa and New York's One World Trade Center.
Where: 179 Weifang Lu (near Dongfang Lu) 潍坊路179号 (近东方路)
Located at the Zhongshan Park commercial hub, the Raffles City Changning is connected via three metro lines—lines 2, 3 and 4. It sits on the former site of the historic St. Mary's Girls School, and as such houses some of the remaning legacy buildings including five heritage blocks, along with two retail podiums and three office towers. The complex aims to be a one-stop guide to everything, with a gourmet supermarket, a cinema, international fashion brands and restaurants.
Where: Intersection of Changning Lu and Kaixuan Lu 长宁路凯旋路路口
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