While North Hongkou is strategically well situated close to the center of Shanghai, it is very much a place “in-between” due to its particular historical development that worked to disrupt its urban fabric and scatter its cohesive elements. After a thorough examination of the district’s history, its relationships to the wider context, and its internal operations and interactions, we put together a series of recommendations to guide its strategic development.
We found that there are a number of important elements surrounding the district: a university zone with a number of well-known universities, research institutes and creative industrial parks to the east, the North Bund Financial Zone and the Sichuan Road Commercial District to the south, and the Zhabei Residential District to the west. Therefore, the main development concept we proposed for North Hongkou became the leveraging of these areas in support of the creation of a technological innovation service area.
The execution of this goal would follow upon a series of key concepts:
“One District”: the establishment of a technological innovation service area that will be built into a scientific and technological research and development center with international influence.
“Two Axes”: development should be prioritized along the North-South Zhongshan North Road / Yixian Road / Metro Line 3 Axis and along the East-West Wenshui East Road / Middle Ring Road Axis.
“Three Circles”: cooperative relationships should be developed with the Fudan University and the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Industry Circle (Science and Technology Center), the Tongji University Industry Circle (Research and Development and Design Center) and the Shanghai University Industry Circle (Television Cultural and Creative Center).
“Four Blocks”: other nodes to be developed include: the Guangji Road Industrial Cluster (Digital Publishing Center), the Shangwai Industrial Cluster (International Exchange Center), the Huayuanfang Industrial Cluster (Green Environmental Protection Center) and the Fengzhen Road Industrial Cluster (IoT Platform Center).
Client: Shanghai Hongkou Government
Location: Shanghai, China
Site Area: 850,000 m2
Building Area: 2,220,000 m2
Increasing Building Area: 1,180,000 m2
Design Date: 2014