Built in the 1980’s and clad with the all-too-familiar white bathroom tiles of Shanghai's aging building stock, the 2200m² commercial podium at 225 Yanping road is finally getting a much-needed overhaul. Previously used as an internet gaming hall, the neglected building is now being converted into a Grade A office facility in Shanghai's thriving Jing An district.

Much of the building has been stripped back to its original concrete structure, removing decades of ad-hoc modifications and additions. A new facade of polycarbonate will wrap the Yanping road facade, illuminating the tree-lined street. Small areas of the existing concrete shell remain exposed to juxtapose against the sleek new commercial façade.

Visualization of building's south-east corner.

Inside, a new triple height lobby features a cascading ceiling of LED lightboxes activated by a motion sensor camera. The matrix of light pixels animates to follow visitors around as they circulate through the lobby space.

Visualization of cascading LED ceiling over new triple-height lobby volume.

Construction progress of new steel staircase in main lobby.

Time-Lapse video of floorplate removal to connect The Arcade's existing 3 levels into a triple-height lobby space.

Phase 1 of The Arcade is scheduled to be completed July 2018.

THE ARCADE | Now Under Construction

May 31, 2018

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