OCT CR Land Suhee Creek

Real-Estate - Shanghai Beijing Shenzhen 2019

OCT and CR Land, two of the largest real estate developers in China, have joined forces to develop the Suhe Creek area, one of the most valuable locations in central Shanghai. They are working with the world-renowned architecture firm Foster + Partners on this ambitious project.

The centerpiece of this development is the Suhe Centre, a 200-meter signature office tower designed by Foster + Partners for China Resources Land. Situated in the newly regenerated Suhewan area of Shanghai, the 42-story building is part of the city's 2020 vision to drive development in the eastern quarter. The tower serves as a catalyst for attracting new businesses to the area, thanks to its strategic location near Suhewan Park, excellent connections to metro stations, and a vibrant underground retail complex.

We collaborated with a US-based production house to document this impressive venture. Our team traveled to Shenzhen, the headquarters of OCT, to explore the companies' origin stories, and to Shanghai's Suhe Creek to examine the ongoing development firsthand. Our role in the project included crafting interview questions, directing the interviews, and providing translation assistance for the responses. This partnership between OCT, CR Land, and Foster + Partners showcases China's commitment to world-class architecture and urban development, as well as the local support and cooperation that bring these projects to life.

The Suhe Centre's expressed structure draws on the industrial aesthetic of nearby bridges and buildings, with dark glazing to reduce reflective glare and a stainless-steel structural frame designed for maximum views. The flexible office floor plates accommodate various layouts, while the tower's elegant, slender proportions are achieved by recessing the middle sections of the western façade to allow natural light to flood the deep plan office spaces.

This innovative design is a testament to the collaboration between the developers and Foster + Partners, demonstrating their shared vision for the future of urban development in Shanghai.

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