Bank of China Shanghai Free Trade Zone Mixed-Use Development

This building is designed as a pair of slender towers that are the focal point of the grand boulevard approach which will frame views to the central lake at the heart of the Free Trade Zone and the ocean beyond. Situated on the only island site in the lake the two slightly asymmetrical towers stand adjacent to each other, separated by a taut vertical void but bound by a common podium.  This design represents the timeless modernity that is the hallmark of our firm and we believe its crisp, geometric form will stand out as an iconic gateway for the Bank of China and Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

LOCATION: Shanghai, China

CLIENT: Bank of China

SIZE: 177,000 SQ. M. / 1,905,200 SQ. FT.

STATUS:  Expected Completion 2024

CATEGORY: Commercial

On this podium is an elevated entry plaza that serves as a dramatic drop off for visitors to the towers with overlook views of the surrounding lake and Free Trade zone.  This iconic pair of buildings will serve as the symbolic gateway for the prosperous economic development of the Free Trade Zone in China and the world beyond the horizon.

Visitors approach the building via a long gently sloping arc ramp that takes them from the grand boulevard entrance, across the channel and onto the island where they rise up to the top of the retail podium to enter the towers or the banking hall that is the central space of the complex. 

Below the podium is a premium retail complex that is integrated into the landscape and forms the base on which the two towers rise.  The towers themselves contain Class A office space and a branded 5 star hotel complex which is located at the top of the northern tower.

The exterior skin of the tower will be a sleek, all glass enclosure which will clad the building in the most energy efficient and technologically advanced glazing available, providing the latest in thermal insulation and solar heat gain protection. 


The positioning and shapes of the towers and podium are designed to minimize wind flow turbulence around the site while maximizing views to the surrounding areas.

A project of this magnitude is a testament to the continued importance of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone to China and the Bank’s commitment to the greater economy. We believe this opportunity to develop a world class hotel and office tower marks yet another milestone in the exceptional growth this area has experienced as one of China’s most important developments.