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Design unveiled for Sun Hung Kai Properties’ Shanghai ITC project

International architectural practice Lead8 has unveiled its design for the Shanghai ITC mixed-use destination being developed by Hong Kong’s Sun Hung Kai Properties.

The design firm is delivering the retail architecture, retail planning, hotel, signage and wayfinding and pedestrian bridge design for the 700,000sqm development in Shanghai’s Xujiahui district.

Currently one of the largest sites under development in Shanghai’s city centre, the scheme is a mega-integrated development combining four plots of land. The project will include grade-A offices, a premium retail mall and a luxury hotel, all with direct access to the Xujiahui metro station where five lines converge.

“Shanghai ITC is a city-scale development, a future-looking design which aims to seamlessly integrate into this bustling shopping and entertainment district,” said Lead8’s co-founder & executive director Simon Chua. “Our concept has aimed to physically stitch this new development with the surrounding sites, and we thank Sun Hung Kai Properties for the opportunity to set a new precedent for Xujiahui,” 

Lead8 is also designing a series of elevated footbridges to integrating the large-scale destination into the existing urban fabric. A project in its own right, the network of footbridges connect the development to major commercial buildings and heritage sites nearby. The strategy will deliver a calm elevated plane purely for pedestrians to navigate the Shanghai ITC destination as well as the surrounding commercial, cultural and public attractions.

“Shanghai ITC is a stunning TOD development with an innovative design that accommodates the newest technology,” said Lead8 project director Kenji Wong. “Our design emphasises not just the pedestrian and traffic interconnectivity, but also the connectivity of retail space, technology and nature”. 

The mixed-use development is being constructed in phases with completion expected by late 2023. The development adds to Lead8’s ongoing portfolio with Sun Hung Kai Properties which also includes the future Todtown development in Shanghai’s Minhang district.

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