Archdaily's Coverage on CITIC Pacific Residence Phase II

CITIC Pacific High-Rise Development in Shanghai Beautifully Combines Natural with the Artificial

by Natalina Lopez



EID Architecture looks to the traditional side of Shanghai when designing CITIC Pacific's high-riseresidential neighborhood. The Shanghai downtown area will see six new residential towers and amenities through the development.


Designs for the building encourage social interactions through itsamenities, which include leisure facilities, a spa, meeting and conferencespaces, and roof gardens overhead. Undulating terraces on the top of eachbuilding promote a sense of community in addition to responding to the site's preservation of sunlight.




In vast contrast to neo-classical residential towers often seen in China, CITIC Pacific Residence aims to create a residential design sensible to the site and its context. It is unique and memorable, reflecting the ethos of evolving city of Shanghai, said EID design principal Ping Jiang, AIA. 






In a beautiful combination of natural and artificial, the landscape design incorporates the "duality of Chinesearchitecture tradition." The fluidity of the garden space mixes with the geometric structure of the residential buildings, resulting in a contemporary yet culturally inspired project.



Pacific Residence Phase II also comprises small retail buildings and a kindergarten along the main street. Renovated Shikumen – common land houses in Shanghai — served for the new retail buildings, while the design of the kindergarten borrowed from that vernacular. 




EID is an architecture, urban planning, and interior design firm noted for its commitment to sustainability.