Shanghai, People's Republic of China 2016



PROGRAM: hybrid housing and office center with retail, theaters and restaurants, connected by an elevated promenade
STATUS: on hold

The Hybrid C Plan is a mixed-use development in Southern China. 

Centered on the vast parkland to the west and a prominent train station to the east, the C Plan unites the site’s seven parcels and five building types into a coherent whole with a continuous spatial energy. Here working, living, shopping and cultural life are joined in an arc of new urban vitality. A pedestrian loop walkway—elevated on the east, at water’s edge on the west—connects cafes, restaurants, shops and theaters in a lively promenade. It also has a continuous rubber wheel tram moving at 9 mph, allowing pedestrians to jump on and off. 

At the northeast corner a landmark office tower 80 meters high shapes an inner water garden ringed in cafes and retail space. Several theaters on the south shape public space.


  • architect
    • – Steven Holl Architects
    • Steven Holl ( principal, design architect )
    • Roberto Bannura ( director in charge )
    • Wenying Sun ( project architect )
    • Peter Chang, Xi Chen, Yu-Chun Lin, Yun Pu, Yi Ren, Elise Riley, Zhu Zhu (project team)