The Shanghai Hong Kong New World Tower is located along Huaihai Road—one of two prestigious retail streets in Shanghai. Overlooking the centre of the city at People’s Square, this 58-storey tower is one of the city’s tallest buildings and holds a prominent position along the urban skyline. At the time, the tower was one of the first to be built with North American design principles in mind and as such, its design was unique in bringing parking into the podium of the building. Featuring a contemporary yet classic aesthetic, it’s designed to stand the test of time.
The building’s characteristic circular court features an outdoor plaza that faces the main street entrance. With retail on the lower levels and its direct connection to the city’s underground metro line, the tower is a natural fit for the fast-growing retail street it lives on. Along with its retail component, this mixed-use development includes mostly prime office space and the top floors feature hotel rooms. Careful consideration was made to ensure that office space was designed for flexibility to make the complex adaptable to changing tenants. The traffic flow of the building was carefully designed to allow for public access to retail and private access to the offices and hotel suites.