Gallery Towers


Shanghai’s expanding highrise skyline is a testimony to an outstanding urban development, and an evidence of the effort to house a rocketing population. However, when compared to other cities, Shanghai reveals a remarkable low density and energy efficiency. To meet a sustainable future, Shanghai will have to undergo a densification process based upon an optimized usage of the urban (infra)structure. Furthermore, the future development of Shanghai will have to contribute to its image as great world city by promoting a new image of a livable city.

Sustainable future

In the downstream of the Suzhou Creek estuary, near its confluence with the Huangpu River, lies the site for the Expo 2010. While providing an unparalleled opportunity for reshaping the city, the Expo also provided a platform to stage better urban life at a historical turning point for the accelerating process of urbanization worldwide.

The tearing down of all but five of the 54 pavilions that once cluttered the 5,28 km2 site could be the beginning of a project even more ambitious than a mere World’s Fair. Having generated economies of scale in public transportation, smart grids and other environmentally friendly infrastructure, the Expo site has created a unique development opportunity in the very city centre.

Gallery Towers

By manipulating the typical Shanghai mix of low- and highrise into a dense linear structure aligned to the elevated streets of the site, raising the base on top of the towers, and tilting the gallery roof to merge the monumental and human sizes of the city, Shanghai’s hyperurban answer to the European portico emerges.

The Gallery Tower beautifully combines extreme slenderness and bold presence. It enables programmatic mix variety to support environmental sustainability, efficiency and diversity. Clustered Gallery Towers allow for concentrated high density, exclusive views and extensive public space.

World Park

By sampling 50 national parks and projecting them onto the remaining area to replace the temporary national pavilions, a stunning patchwork of cultures materialized as 50 different public spaces appears. The World Park adds precious public green to the city, and creates aesthetic continuity between city form and history.

Client: 10 DESIGN

Program: "Re-Thinking Shanghai", International Competition for a Sustainable Intervention on the Suzhou Creek; Masterplan for the sustainable development of the former Expo site in Shanghai, including 1.8 mil m2 mixed-use highrise development and 5,28 km2 World Park

Year: 2012

Location: Expo 2010 site, Shanghai

Team: Serban Cornea, Kristina Adsersen, Mihael Rotarescu, Magdalena Szucio, Madara Timrota, Peter Vadim Nielsen, Jianzhou Zeng

Status: International competition