Min Sheng Residential Project

ROBERT A.M. STERN ARCHITECTS

Client: Vanke Real Estate Development

Design and Construction Documentation 

Shanghai, China | 72,000 sq. m.

Project Directors: Paul Whalen, Grant Marani

Landscape Architect: OLIN 

Local Architect: TIANHUA ARCHITECTURE 

2014 New York, USA

The Min Sheng Residential Project is a 72,000 sq. m. development, in close proximity to Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. The developer is Vanke, the largest real estate developer in China and one of the largest worldwide.

The principal design intention was to create luxurious, distinct neighborhoods within the development site itself. Therefore, during the masterplan and schematic design phase our team defined two major public spaces; the Crescent, a semi-circular open space covering an area of over 5,000 sq. m. and the Mews, a small urban plaza covering an area of 1,200 sq. m.

To maximize the views towards the river, the four 26-storey residential towers, have been place radially around the Crescent, with the Clubhouse and a midrise residential  unit shifting the scale back to the public space. Wrapped around the crescent runs the retail podium of the complex, offering a continuous urban facade towards the city, while maintaining privacy for the residents.

The Clubhouse, located at the north tip of the Crescent serves as the public entrance of the complex, and is equipped with an indoor swimming pool, offering stunning views towards the public spaces and the city.

The Mews is the public space between two midrise units, and is located at the axis of the fifth tower, on the west side of the site. Finally, the Motor Court, offers an exclusive experience to incoming residents and visitors upon their arrival, provides the necessary control and security, and serves as the common ground between the two residential  neighborhoods.

I am an Architect-Engineer, and Conceptual Urban Designer. My research and practice engage issues of urbanization, infrastructure, and the dynamics of the collective.

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