The Hongqiao district has become the new vibrant neighborhood in the evolving Shanghai thanks to the concentration of its railway, subway station, airport, the new convention center, the world center gallery by Aedas and the CBD. In the heart of this new district, developer Shui On Land introduced the HUB mixed-use development.
The focal point of the complex is the Performance and Exhibition Center designed by Neri&Hu. Completed in 2015, the center became the neighborhood “hot spot” of culture and arts. They designed the five-story urban oasis in the form of a solid rock, within which a nature-like environment awaits entertainment seekers.
Arriving from the subway, the ceiling is covered in metal tubes cut to mimic tree roots, while a floating canopy of wood sticks hovers over the three-story atrium and transforms the space into a forest. Other interior details also recall nature, including the interlocking solid sandstone and light walnut balustrades that envelope the gallery openings.
American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of AgriExpo e-magazine and ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.