Chapman Taylor's masterplan for the urban renewal of Dongsiwenli district in Jing'an, Shanghai

An ambitious vision for the urban renewal of Dongsiwenli district in Jing'an, Shanghai, with the transformation of the Shimen 2nd Road-01 area into a dynamic new mixed-use district, is poised to redefine the city's landscape. The intent is for this project to serve as a catalyst for growth across the whole Suzhou River Bay area of Shanghai.

A new cultural and commercial destination in Shanghai

Through innovative planning and design strategies, our concept seamlessly blends tradition and modernity while fostering connectivity, vitality, and cultural richness. At its core, the plan prioritises the establishment of pedestrianised routes that integrate urban green spaces with historical landmarks and contemporary architecture.

Historic Plan of site

The masterplan includes what is called the Urban Green Valley, an innovative new multi-level street intersecting to the west with the revitalised historic buildings, and to the east with new landmark contemporary towers, which shield the project from the adjacent expressway.

Historic views of the waterfront

From finance offices to boutique hotels and vibrant street art, the project envisions a diverse mix of spaces catering to varied leisure and social experiences. Additionally, it aims to create a hub for finance, art, culture, and innovation, breathing new life into the city centre district.

Shikumen style buildings and lanes on the site

Spanning a total area of 90 hectares, the plans include the preservation of approximately 60,000m2 of heritage buildings, including the most complete Shikumen style (a traditional Shanghainese architectural style combining Western and Chinese elements first appearing in the 1860s) complex in the city.

As plans for Dongsiwenli district progress, anticipation mounts for the emergence of a world-class destination that honours Shanghai's illustrious past while embracing its future, and creating a new model for urban regeneration in China.

Architectural model

Johnny Jiang (MArch MDA (Master of Design Arts))

Director, Shanghai and Beijing

Johnny has considerable experience in architectural design in both Germany and China and has led many important, large-scale urban design projects, including both architectural and interior design.

He plays a leading role in some of the Shanghai studio’s most significant urban design projects, and is skilled at combining innovative concepts with the requirements of China's market and the local context. Johnny’s leadership during the construction process, and his strict control of project quality, have been widely praised by clients and partners.

Johnny joined Chapman Taylor’s Shanghai studio as a Director in November 2018.

Areas of expertise:

Architecture / Interior Design / Urban Design / Masterplanning / Mixed-use

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