So long an icon of Shanghai’s rich colonial history, the Bund is set to receive a modern overhaul.
Beijing’s SOHO China property development company has laid plans that will re-renovate a portion of the Bund (between Zhongshan Road East and Xinyong’an Road) with “ five tall and narrow gold buildings” including two 31 story skyscrapers.
With projected building heights from 136 meters to 215 meters, the buildings will be an estimated three times taller than its historic neighbors.
According to SOHO China, this new complex will be inhabited by offices and hotels. The company also revealed they hoped to finish construction in 2014.
Despite outrage amongst local residents, SOHO China has stood firm by the fact that “the artist’s rendition would be the final design, as the city government and urban planning authority have approved the plan. “
Since tweeting (weibing?) the artist’s sketch of The Bund, SOHO China’s post has been forwarded over 1,000 times and received hundreds comments, mostly negative.
Don’t’ expect that to deter the property company, as they have already paid the cool 2.25RMB billion ($348 million) for the land.
If you would like to vent your outrage/praise, SOHO China is accepting public opinions on the project at this impossible to remember email : [email protected]
By Patrick Keefe