42-storey skyscraper is centrepiece of Suhewan East Urban Complex

Foster & Partners has completed a 42-storey skyscraper in Shanghai that is part of a drive to attract development towards the city’s eastern quarter.

The Suhe Centre, designed for China Resources Land, forms the centrepiece of the Suhewan East Urban Complex – in what has previously been a predominantly residential area.

Fosters said the tower drew inspiration from the industrial aesthetic of the historical Zhejiang Road Bridge and nearby warehouse buildings, while its dark glazing reduced reflective glare and contrasted with the stainless-steel structural frame.

Every corner of the tower is a full-height glass space that frames a unique view of the city.

Inside the office building’s 11-metre tall lobby, a unique reception desk is imprinted with a historic map of Suhe River, to commemorate the history of the site.



The Suhe Centre in Shanghai, by Foster & Partners

Gerard Evenden, head of studio at Fosters, said the Suhe Centre played a “central role” in activating Suhewan and creating a vibrant new piece of the city.

“The tower has been designed to enhance wellbeing, with plenty of natural light and open, column-free workspaces,” he said.

“It offers great views of the Jing An district, the Historical Bund, Pudong Lujiazui and the Huangpu and Suhe rivers. Its flexible floorplates allow for a range of different layouts to support contemporary ways of working.”