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Old January 22nd, 2007, 02:16 PM   #101
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Why are you so happy?! Isn't this a bad thing.

The 'Shanghai Flyer' (the world's tallest observation wheel) would have been great for Shanghai! Wuhan has one. Dubai is getting one. Las Vegas is getting one. Heck, even Beijing is getting a really big one as well!

Imho, this is bad news.
Ferris wheels belong to amusement parks far away from the city centre. I hope Beijing will scrap the plan as well.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 02:20 PM   #102
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I wouldn't like Shanghai to be even mentioned in the same sentence as Dubai and Las Vegas, so yeah, I'm pretty happy with that the plan has been scrapped too.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 03:38 PM   #103
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@ Staff and YelloPerilo

Shanghai needs a 'tacky' landmark as well. New York has the Statue of Liberty. London has the Millenium Dome and the London Eye. Rio de Janeiro has that huge statue of Jesus Christ on top of the mountain. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Heck, Singapore is going to have the Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel (And SIngapore isn't on the same level of tackiness that Dubai and Las Vegas exude.).

Btw, I'd imagine that since Shanghai would become a very, very large megalopolis (even bigger than Greater Tokyo in the not-so-distant future) (together with Nanjing, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Ningbo) then, obviously, it wouldn't matter if there would be a tacky-fest of projects in one side, an uber-large industrial area in another, a large sea-cargo handling area in yet another, and sprawling suburbs scattered here and there.

C'mon, yeah Dubai is the greatest place to see audacious and, even, nearing fantastical/whimsical projects that would most likely become a tack-fest of a mess. But this is Shanghai people...the future center of anything urban infrastructure-wise. We definitely need Shanghai to have the Shanghai Eye.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 03:55 PM   #104
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I think the Bubble-Pearl-*****-Tower should do the trick.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 10:34 PM   #105
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Atkins has won an international design competition to design a five-star resort hotel set within a beautiful water-filled quarry in the Songjiang district close to Shanghai in China. Its stunning concept designs inspired by the natural water and landscape features of the quarry captured the imagination of judges to quash competition from two other international firms. The innovative design of the 400-bed resort hotel stands two levels higher than the rock face of the 100 metre deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms. It will incorporate conference facilities for up to 1,000 people, a banqueting centre, restaurants, cafés and sports facilities. Sustainability is integral to the design ranging from using green roofing for the structures above the ground level to geothermal energy extraction. An aquatic theme runs through the design both visually and functionally. Two underwater levels will house a restaurant and guestrooms facing a ten-metre deep aquarium. The lowest level of the hotel will contain a leisure complex with a swimming pool and water-based sports. An extreme sports centre for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water level of the hotel.





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Old January 22nd, 2007, 10:37 PM   #106
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Shanghai Sunny Riverside Towers

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This project is located on the banks of the Huang Pu River in Shanghai and will be highly visible from the 2010 World Expo site. High-end residential neighborhoods surround the two mixed-use towers which consist of a retail podium, offices, and hotel. The architectural language seeks a gesture that suggests elegance, simplicity and the graceful fluidity of the River. Additionally, the randomly placed sunshade panels on the glass curtain wall form a pattern that symbolizes the reflection of the water and waves from the river. The design intent calls for harmony and balance with integration of opposites such as hard and soft, cold and warm, solid and void, and ultimately, yin and yang.

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Perkins Eastman’s competition entry for the for Shanghai’s Expo 2010 Public Event Center (PEC) is a 142,938 sm (1.5M sf) complex facing the Huang Pu River, the city’s major tributary. The PEC will be an architectural icon and a cultural platform for Shanghai. Three distinct buildings comprise the PEC: meeting, banquet and festival halls. There are three entrances with formal public and VIP lobbies, and one for pedestrians with a footbridge to the public panoramic gardens. Above the gardens, a loggia connects all three buildings. With a large terrace, the loggia hovers above the halls, providing gathering and circulation spaces: event, ceremonial, media halls, and kiosks. Lounges offer stunning views of the cityscape. The basement and plinth connect the lower levels between buildings. Outside, the loggia’s skin is a dynamic urban frieze, responding to changes in orientation and climate. LED tiles behind glass become large, vibrant light murals that broadcast events and allow interaction with the public. The PEC has a small ecological footprint. It collects and generates energy, takes advantage of the river, impacts the environment minimally, and has an “intelligent” skin façade for insulation.



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Old January 22nd, 2007, 10:53 PM   #108
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The Atkins project for that quarry is awesome, love it. A wonderful idea of usage of it!
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 01:39 AM   #109
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Shanghai is literally on crack.....lots of amazing projects

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Old January 23rd, 2007, 03:34 PM   #110
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Yeah, I disagree on that Shanghai Wheel.. Imagine that all those cities have already got theirs, why Shanghai needs to follow them? I am glad that the plan is aborted.

They should come up with some other new ideas.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 03:46 PM   #111
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I don't like ferry wheels at all. If they want an out of place structure such as that for Beiwaitan they better retake the Shanghai Kiss project:









A little ugly, but far better than a ferry wheel.
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Development Tower (roof: 239m, spire: 269m), final design:



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I think the "Shanghai Eye" Observation Wheel that I was talking about is actually the "Shanghai Kiss". Maybe, they changed their proposal (and name) with this different structural design. Nontheless, it still functions more like an observation wheel than anything else.

So, is this "Shanghai Kiss" project already approved? If it is, then has construction started yet? If it is, what is the status of the construction process?
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Re: Atkins' 5-Star Resort

The Atkins-designed 5-star resort is the most aesthetic resort I have ever seen (as far as I can remember). It's not only gorgeous but also functionally practical.

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I think the "Shanghai Eye" Observation Wheel that I was talking about is actually the "Shanghai Kiss". Maybe, they changed their proposal (and name)with this different structural design. Nontheless, it still functions more like an observation wheel than anything else.

So, is this "Shanghai Kiss" project already approved? If it is, then has construction started yet? If it is, what is the status of the construction process?

No, the Shanghai Kiss was a vision project by Alsop architects. But the original proposal for Beiwaitan Wheel was this one:



You can see it in most renders of beiwaitan masterplan:
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First pics I've ever seen of the plot where TIPS China Building (290m) is scheduled to be built:







Hongqiao Development Area has a nice skyline already. Shanghai's least known skyline for sure.



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Atkins has won an international design competition to design a five-star resort hotel set within a beautiful water-filled quarry in the Songjiang district close to Shanghai in China. Its stunning concept designs inspired by the natural water and landscape features of the quarry captured the imagination of judges to quash competition from two other international firms. The innovative design of the 400-bed resort hotel stands two levels higher than the rock face of the 100 metre deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms. It will incorporate conference facilities for up to 1,000 people, a banqueting centre, restaurants, cafés and sports facilities. Sustainability is integral to the design ranging from using green roofing for the structures above the ground level to geothermal energy extraction. An aquatic theme runs through the design both visually and functionally. Two underwater levels will house a restaurant and guestrooms facing a ten-metre deep aquarium. The lowest level of the hotel will contain a leisure complex with a swimming pool and water-based sports. An extreme sports centre for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water level of the hotel.





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this da best design i have ever seen props to atkins
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Old January 28th, 2007, 10:50 AM   #119
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I first saw Atkins' quary hotel proposal on coolhunter, but was rather disillusioned and disappointed because I thought it was just a hypothetical design. But after I found out here that it may actually be built, and near Shanghai of all places, I have gotten really excited. I think it is a uniquely brilliant design, one from which many will be able to draw inspiration in designs that truly fit in with their environment.

Speaking of designs that fit in with their environment, I am also very glad that the wheel idea for Shanghai got scrapped. I can think of few things more tasteless than a giant wheel in the midst of so many beautiful skyscrapers. If anything were to be built, I would think that something like St. Louis' arch would be the best option. Its simplistic shape has a certain elegance and would add to the simplistic, yet sofisticated design that is so important in contemporary 21st centry East Asian architecture.
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That quarry hotel project is simply amazing. What a great way to use the environment perfectly to create an amazing builing!
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