The Xujiahui commercial zone, one of Shanghai’s eight commercial centers, is subject to a significant overhaul, starting with the pedestrian skywalk.
The ring-shaped skywalk connecting Xujiahui’s major shopping centers is undergoing a multi-phase renovation. The first phase is expected to be completed by the end of this year, linking the T20 Building (formerly the West Asia Hotel) with the digital markets Metro City and Pacific Digital City.
The T20 Building, a former 31-meter-tall three star hotel, is slated to become an upmarket 70-meter-tall complex. It is scheduled to reopen this October, and was conceived by the French architect Jacques Ferrier, who also designed the France Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
The next phase of the skywalk’s renovation will connect Grand Gateway 66, the Orient Shopping Center, and the Pacific Department Store, according to Xuhui government officials.
The plaza in front of Xujiahui Cathedral and the cathedral itself are also currently being restored. The plaza’s renovations will be completed by October 2018. It will include a larger space for public events as well as a new underground parking area. Xujiahui Cathedral, once the largest cathedral in Asia, will be restored to its former glory as an iconic historical venue. In addition, cultural and entertainment venues are expected to be to take center stage in the redevelopment process.
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