Bund Finance Centre

Shanghai, China

The Bund Finance Centre (BFC) is a prominent new mixed-use destination in Shanghai designed jointly by Heatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners.

The 420,000-square-metre development includes two 180-metre landmark towers, and combines offices with a boutique hotel, an arts and cultural centre and retail space, all arranged around a generous landscaped public plaza.

Occupying a prominent site on the Bund, the buildings define the ‘end point’ to Shanghai’s most famous street. The masterplan is highly permeable for pedestrians, with the design conceived as a point of connection between the old town, the Bund and the new financial district. Inspired by this urban context, two landmark towers are placed in the south of the site, while the buildings facing the waterfront are staggered in height and relate in scale and rhythm to the grand nineteenth-century landmarks along the Bund.

At the heart of the scheme is a flexible arts and cultural centre, which combines exhibition and events space with a performance venue, inspired by the open stages of traditional Chinese theatres. The building is encircled by a moving veil, which adapts to the changing use of the building and reveals the stage on the balcony and views towards Pudong.