Henderson Cifi Tiandi ,上海, Ateliers Jean Nouvel


The street of 1000 red jars. The Former French Concession has long put its stamp on this part of Shanghai, and it’s obviously an honour for a French architect to design an urban space here in tune with its urbanism, its plane trees, narrow streets, and inhabited landscapes. Between Ma Dang and Dan Shui streets, it was tempting to create a shortcut that would be an urban and commercial passageway, a sequence evoking vanished surroundings that have been completely reimagined and are new and modern; a high, narrow street that’s covered and protected…


The buildings need to know where they reside so as to create a desire for unique and unpredictable walks. Being open, our project fits into the quarter’s geometry. The exterior, in a greyish-beige colour, offers glimpses through the two entrances on Ma Dang and Dan Shui streets, of a surprising array of lights, colours, and vegetation. A shopping street on two levels, sequenced by overhead walkways and small bridges, is submerged between two flowery walls made up of rows of earthenware jars planted with different species, both green and coloured.


The complementarity between the shops facing each other, the activities of the offices, and the restaurants up under the roofs, creates a familiar and naturally animated street, setting pleasing walks as a target and offering an inviting new itinerary between Ma Dang and Dan Shui streets. Shadowplays produced by the adjustable slats of the blinds, in front of windows bordered by huge flowerpots, play on the mystery of presences and activities thereby protected, while inventing a landscape of vegetal friezes in the colours of the season and of the different flowers.


The walls of the passageway will be painted in variations of brown, amber, orange, and multiple reds. I’ve imagined all these loving details to enrich Shanghai, on the Huai Hai side, with this unique new open-and-covered street: ‘the street of 1000 red jars’.

Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Area: 40000 m²
Year: 2021
Photographs: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photo ©10 Studio. 恒基-旭辉新天地/The Roof
Architect of Record: Tianhua Group
structural Engineer: Tianhua Xuzhoutongyu Steel Structure
Landscaping designer: WAA
Studio Manager:Stefan ZOPP
Project Manager:Chen CHEN
Architects:Lorenzo GRONDONA, Guillermo GONZALEZ GUTIERREZ, Jiayu MA, Serena MINACCI, Seung PAIK, Natasha RIEFFEL, Cécilia SIMONETTA, Mercé SOLAR, Chiara VIOLI
Design Development:Xiaofei LIU, Yuhui XU
Execution:Xiaofei LIU, Jiawei ZENG
Interior Design:Sabrina LETOURNEUR, Jim RHONE
Landscape:Ophélie BOUVET, Isabelle GUILLAUIC
Interns:Studies: Jiayu MA, Joyce MOKE, Irène VALITUTTO; Execution: Xinyu YAN
Computer Generated Images:Michael KAFASSIS, Mizuho KISHI
3d Modelling:Ikbal BOUAITA, Simon MASSON
Graphic Design:Marlène GAILLARD, Eugénie ROBERT, Nathalie SACCU DE FRANCHI, Vatsana TAKHAM
Costs Consultant:CIFI Group Co. Ltd
Structural Designers:P&T Shanghai
Facade Design:RFR
Facade Work:Shanghai Chengxuan Architecture engineering
Mechanical Services Engineer:P&T Shanghai, Tianhua
Landscape Collaborator:Aspect
Landscape Planning:Beudouxing
Lighting Design Company:Hervé Descottes
City:Lu Wan Qu


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