Completed: The Shanghai Landmark That Changes Shape

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Shape-shifting building that uses innovative curtain-like moving façade to alter appearance.

Laurian Ghinitoiu

The Fosun Foundation is the centrepiece of the Bund Finance Center, a new mixed-use complex designed by the renowned Norman Foster’s architecture firm and Thomas Heatherwick’s design studio for the end of famous Shanghai street The Bund.

The building forms part of a new financial quarter the two firms are building on Shanghai’s waterfront.

The 190,000-square-metre development is still under construction but the new cultural centre is now complete.

The front of the three-storey Fosun Foundation building consists of three layers of bronze tubes, visually similar to bamboo, moving vertically around the structure, altering the shape of the building. The design was reportedly inspired by traditional Chinese theatres.

Laurian Ghinitoiu

When the design was first announced, the architects described this facade as “a moving veil, which adapts to the changing use of the building, and reveals the stage on the balcony and views towards Pudong”.

The 4,000-square-metre building houses the main theatre auditorium and a series of exhibition and events halls, including one on the roof.