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Old July 16th, 2011, 06:57 PM   #1
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SHANGHAI | SOHO The Bund | 136m | 446ft | 29 fl | T/O

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SOHO The Bund


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SOHO China sets foot on the Bund in Shanghai

(Hong Kong, 11 June 2010) - SOHO China Limited (“SOHO China” or “the Company”; Stock Code: 410.HK), a leading Chinese commercial property developer, today announced the acquisition of the Bund 204 Land (“The Project”). The total consideration for the transaction is approximately RMB2.25 billion (inclusive of liabilities to be assumed by the purchaser). Upon the completion of the acquisition, the Company holds 90% interest in T&T International and indirectly holds 61.506% equity interest in the Project Company.

The Project has a total site area of approximately 22,462 square meters. Its land use rights are for commercial, financial, office and hotel use. The Project has a planned overall construction area of approximately 189,000 square meters of which the above ground construction area will be approximately 112,312 square meters. Upon the acquisition, the Company has acquired T&T International’s rights to an above ground development area of approximately 69,000 square meters, with approximately 12,000 square meters of underground commercial space and approximately 50,000 square meters for storage and parking facilities.

The Bund is Shanghai’s most visited attraction among tourists and locals alike, and it is the convergence point of high end finance, world class boutiques and fine dining locales. The area’s commercial property possesses especially high rental returns and sizeable investment potential. The Bund 204 Land is located in the southern part of Bund’s core, also celebrated as “The International Architectural Exposition”. This land is the only completely new real estate development in the last 60 years on the Bund and will also be the last new development project there.

The Bund 204 Land is framed by Yong’an Road to the east, Xin Yong’an Road to the south, with East Second Zhong Shan Road to the west, and Xinkaihe North Road and Renmin Road to the north. On the treasured premium strip of the Bund, right next to Shanghai most famous City God Temple, and beside the Bund’s multi-dimensional transportation hub and yacht pier, the Project area possesses an especially mature and lively commercial atmosphere. The Project area’s surrounding infrastructure is especially ideal, with convenient transportation leading everywhere. The Bund 204 Land has already been completely cleared, and has obtained the State-Owned Land Use Rights Certificate.

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Old July 17th, 2011, 10:40 AM   #2
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fantastic project
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Old July 17th, 2011, 07:33 PM   #3
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Old July 20th, 2011, 11:00 AM   #4
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Shanghaidaily.com has reported the following story on 2011-07-20:

Outcry at high-rises on the Bund plan

PLANS for a modern high-rise complex on the historic Bund have caused outrage among local residents. The complex would feature five tall and narrow gold buildings, according to an artist's rendition released by SOHO China, the Beijing-based real estate developer. Included in the development, due to be built in 2014, are two skyscrapers nearly three times the height of the nearby historic Bund buildings. The buildings will be offices and hotels, SOHO said yesterday. Many local residents say the high-rises are out of keeping with the Western-style historic buildings on the Bund that have long been an icon of the city. Details of the plan posted on Weibo.com last Friday by SOHO have been re-tweeted more than 1,000 times on the Website and received around 400 comments, mostly criticism. "These kind of modern buildings can be built in any other places in Shanghai but not on the Bund because they damage the overall atmosphere of the area in both the height and the architectural style," said Chen Guan, a local white-collar working in the area. The Bund features more than 50 buildings of various architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque built around 1900s. The buildings lining the Huangpu River once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Italy, Russia, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Belgium.

It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. Zheng Shiling, director of Institute of Architecture and Urban Space of Shanghai Tongji University, urged city planners to change the plan. "The planner could make the buildings shorter and change the color to make them more harmonious with other Bund buildings," Zheng told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

However, Qian Zonghao, a Bund architecture expert and a professor of the Tongji University, supported the plan and said it would look more strange if the developer built an antique-style building. SOHO spent 2.25 billion yuan (US$348 million) to buy the 22,462 square meters of land on Zhongshan Road E2 and Yong'an Road in June, according to previous media reports.

The developer declined to comment on the criticisms but said the artist's rendition would be the final design, as the city government and urban planning authority have approved the plan, according to Shanghai Evening Post. An official with the Bureau of Planning and Land Resources of Huangpu District told Shanghai Daily the bureau had submitted the plan to the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning and Land Resources for final approval.

Source: http://www.shanghaidaily.com/nsp/Met...2BBund%2Bplan/
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Old July 20th, 2011, 11:06 AM   #5
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I love the design, not sure what those citizens are thinking. Also that area of bund as someone has pointed out already in the other thread is not the real 'central area' of bund. Moreover i think its always a nice thing to have a glassy facade and art deco mix.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 12:24 PM   #6
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I love the design, not sure what those citizens are thinking. Also that area of bund as someone has pointed out already in the other thread is not the real 'central area' of bund. Moreover i think its always a nice thing to have a glassy facade and art deco mix.
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It's a nice classy design, but is it really gold? Doesn't look very gold from the render.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 01:30 PM   #8
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Interesting project, should complement the classical buildings along the Bund well, although I do hope there is good street level interaction with the surroundings.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 03:59 AM   #9
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These are actually from about a week ago - I've been too busy until now to upload them.

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Old July 25th, 2011, 05:20 AM   #10
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Great pics. Thanks!
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ShanghaiDaily.com, 2011-8-2


Reviled Bund plan gets review


SHANGHAI'S urban planning authority will reconsider the plan for a modern high-rise complex on the historic Bund after a large majority of local citizens disapproved of the design, a senior official said yesterday. In a public survey launched by the authority, nearly 70 percent of respondents said they consider the proposed 136-meter-high SOHO twin towers too high and out of harmony with the rest of the Bund's architecture. The green-capped Peace Hotel, the tallest among Bund buildings, is 77 meters high.

The planning body will organize an expert panel and involve the public to improve the plan, Xu Jian, director of the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning and Land Resources of Huangpu District, told Shanghai Daily. The authority accepted public opinion on the plan from July 20-25, after residents heavily criticized it in Internet postings.

Construction has begun on the underground part of the complex on Zhongshan Road E2, but officials have said people can still weigh in on how to improve the building designs. A total of 1,945 residents took part in the survey after the artist's rendition of the building complex was released last month. Only 12 percent of respondents completely backed the modern high-rise design. "The Bund shall never be an experimental place for the modern buildings," a citizen surnamed Xu told the survey.

"The modern buildings will look weird along with the historic Bund buildings," another citizen said. Opinions among experts were divided. Zheng Shiling, director of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Space of Shanghai at Tongji University, said the buildings should be shorter and the color should be changed, but Zheng also noted that it could be difficult to make big changes on the plan because the construction has begun.

Qian Zonghao, a Bund architecture expert who supported the plan, said it would look stranger if the developer built an antique-style building. The complex, due to be completed in 2014, features four tall office buildings and two shorter buildings for commercial use with heights ranging from 136 meters to 21.5 meters. Local citizens dubbed the tallest tower, at 31 stories, and a nearby 16-story building the "harmonica-like buildings" that would mar the landscape of the city's iconic Bund.

The area features more than 50 buildings of various Western architectural styles such as Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, most of which were built in the 1930s.

Source: http://www.shanghaidaily.com/nsp/Met...gets%2Breview/
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 02:02 AM   #12
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In a public survey launched by the authority, nearly 70 percent of respondents said they consider the proposed 136-meter-high SOHO twin towers too high and out of harmony with the rest of the Bund's architecture. The green-capped Peace Hotel, the tallest among Bund buildings, is 77 meters high.
What?! Those people don't seem to know their city very well!
Guanming Building is the tallest building on the Bund. It's 130 meters high and nobody seems to complain about it. So SOHO would be only 6 meters higher than Guanming...

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Old August 2nd, 2011, 09:12 AM   #13
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why don't they just put it in the lujiazui area. It will belong in the modern area of Shanghai and complement as well as add more density to the existing Lujiazui, Pudong!
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 10:15 PM   #14
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Any pics of this one? It's been a while since the last update and this thing is pretty much in the prime tourist area of Shanghai!
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 11:51 PM   #15
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Any pics of this one? It's been a while since the last update and this thing is pretty much in the prime tourist area of Shanghai!
Strangely, there are no new updates for this on gaoloumi. They doesn't seem to be very interested in this project.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 04:54 AM   #16
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WoW.. What a Building
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Old March 30th, 2012, 10:33 PM   #17
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Nice project, it needs more updates though.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 12:34 AM   #18
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VEry nice !
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Old March 31st, 2012, 08:14 PM   #19
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i don't understand how this project has no updates since summer 2011!! It's not like it's off the beaten track, quite the contrary in fact.
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i don't understand how this project has no updates since summer 2011!! It's not like it's off the beaten track, quite the contrary in fact.
exactly, we need an update.
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