Situated on the east side of the Huangpu River, this luxury hotel building captures the breathtaking views of Shanghai’s legendary riverfront. The 180m tall extension provides 300 hotel rooms and 200 serviced apartments. The tower rises from a three-level podium sitting above a two-level basement.
The building features a simple and elegant facade. To maximise the tower frontage facing the river and create a contrast to the classic outlook of the existing hotel, the new tower took a unique form of irregularity and asymmetry on plan, with a slim north and south elevation. To allow a grand archway for traffic at the ground level, a large transfer structure, 20m above the ground, was designed to support the 30-storey hotel above.
180 m tall luxury hotel building extension
As Shanghai is in the seismic zone, the unique tower layout and the high level transfer provided a challenge both to Arup engineers and the local statutory authorities. Sophisticated computational modelling and non-linear analysis were conducted into the complicated structural behavior under different load cases and the fine-tuning of the layout for an optimum solution.