A team of international architects has been invited to restore the existing buildings of this area. Along with planning new ones, they will help revitalize the ‘rockbund project’ (that began in 2006), which will eventually accommodate complexes, hotels, retail spaces and apartments.
The aim of chipperfield’s restoration concept is to present the aged buildings with dignity and style. All façades will be carefully cleaned and repaired without destroying their original fabric. Subsequent conversions will be removed and buildings returned as close to their original state as possible. Existing structures within the roof area of some buildings will be expanded in reaction to contemporary changes in usage.
The extensions to the national industrial bank (N.I.B) and the royal asiatic society (R.A.S.) buildings are visible from the bund’s museum square, the inner courtyard located in the south-west area of the block. The new façades have been rendered using ‘shanghai plaster’ of the same quality that is used on the adjoining buildings. The former R.A.S. building, which once housed china’s first public museum, now houses the rockbund art museum – a museum of contemporary art.
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