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Kengo Kuma & Associates
location Shanghai
function commercial space, exposition space, office
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Z58 (Zhongtai Box) consists of a stereometric volume with simple geometry that dematerialises its outlines through the skilful, original use of materials, light and transparencies. It creates a minimal architecture particularly devoid of identifying signs. Located in Fanyu Road, a quiet street overlooking a villa built for the Sun Yatsen family in the 1930s on the eastern side of the dynamic city of Shanghai, the project transforms and converts an old watch factory on three levels. Kuma maintained the original cement structure, except for the part overlooking the road, where a new steel construction forms an atrium running the full height of the building and creates a fourth level for guests. In Z58, Kuma's architectural strategy is condensed into three main dividing structures: the plant wall, the blade of water and the glass 'box'. The plant wall is a linear sequence of steel boxes with a mirror finish containing tiny plants (text from

BEAR-iD says:
Take care. The location on the map is shifted. Compare it with the satelite picture. That one is right.
Rotterdam / Shanghai / Skopje, Netherlands 25-Apr-10
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PanYu Road 58
Public access unknown!
Opening hours The building is closed during the week-end (or at least on Saturdays).
How to get there? The satellite view is moved by a few hundred meters, and differs from the map view. It's located near East Yan'An Road
Completion 2005
ArchitectKengo Kuma & Associates
Client Zhongtai Lighting Group
Project ID 4499
Latitude/Longitude 31°12'40N 121°25'27E
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