Frederic Schwartz Architects


Shanghai, China

2004 Cityscape/Architectural Review Architecture + Planning Awards

Shanghai World Expo 2010

Selected as invited finalist for this International Design Competition from among hundreds of entrants, our international team’s design positions the Shanghai World Expo 2010 as a model of sustainability, creativity, economy, communication, and engineering, as well as a model of the future city for living, learning, and working.

The design reflects the cooperation of East and West working together to promote new thinking and ideas for the world’s future as reflected by the Expo theme, “Better city, better life.” As the gateway to China, Shanghai’s old city is enjoying unprecedented yet dangerous economic growth. Sited in the Pudong District along Shanghai’s Huangpu River, this 1,650 acres site proposes a new model for living and working within a vibrant, dense, green, and sustainable urban environment.

Our site strategy connects the existing city with series of streets and view corridors slicing through a vast expanse of rolling open space created by the undulating planted roofscape of the exhibition halls. The east-west axis is connected end-to-end by a great linear central park framed and shaped by vast expanses of planted exhibition hall roofscape. Inspired by traditional scroll paintings, this series of sky parks function as “mountains” in a Chinese landscape painting.

The linear Central Park is anchored by the Expo Plaza and China Pavilion on the east and the 718-meter Landmark Tower on the west. The tower is a vertical city of culture and entertainment, of free and open public amenities. Each program element in the tower is coupled with a public space: a library is topped by an aviary, a museum opens upward into botanical gardens, and a sports complex has a pool and sundeck on its roof. Just as one might move on the ground between a building and its plaza, or a building and a park, in the tower one moves vertically between buildings and public spaces.

The Huangpu river esplanade activates the riverfront and connects major areas-the Landmark Tower, International Theme Pavilions, Chinese Province Pavilions and the Expo Plaza. EXPO 2010 promises to provide for the programmatic and security demands of a World Exposition while serving as a catalyst and model for investment and sustainable development in the expansion of the Pudong.

Shanghai World Expo 2010

Shanghai World Expo 2010

Shanghai World Expo 2010







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