The event will take place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Building, Chicago from 30-31 May. Incorporating what was previously known as the CTBUH Annual Awards Event, the CTBUH 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference will explore and celebrate the very best in innovative tall buildings, urban spaces, building technologies, and construction practices from around the world. This two-day conference will see the owner/developers and design teams for 45 “Finalist” projects present in front of an international audience and live juries for winning distinctions in the eight award categories. Stephan Rewolle, associate partner of gmp, will give a presentation about SOHO Fuxing Plaza in Shanghai together with the director of design from SOHO China, Yang Yicheng. The gmp project was announced as finalist in the category of Urban Habitat.
The design for SOHO Fuxing Plaza, an urban quarter with restaurants, shops and offices primarily intended for young start-up companies, adopts the scale and orientation of the neighboring blocks, integrates existing historic buildings and, in this way, adds to the important urban seam in the inner city using the existing urban development structure. The ensemble consists of nine oblong building blocks with sloping roofs and an east-west orientation, and a high-rise building which provides a more general reference to the urban landscape. Within the confines of this precinct, a network of pathways and small alleys converges at a central square with restaurants. A circular access provides entry to commercial facilities in the basement and to the underground railway. The facades and roofs have been clad with light natural stone strips of different widths. The dark grey metal elements of the glass facades provide a contrast to these strips. The abstract pattern image of the facades and the omission of any historic references underscore the urban focus of the project in the center of the city. The project obtained the LEED Gold certificate.
In 2016, another gmp’s SOHO project - Bund SOHO - won the prize ”China’s Best Tall Building Overall” in CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Building Award.