The underground Public Avenue of Shanghai Tower is a component of the Lujiazui core area underground space development project, invested and built by Shanghai Tower. The Public Avenue is about 340 meters long with a total area of about 5,500 square meters, linking Shanghai Tower, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai IFC, metro lines and soon to be connected to Shanghai World Financial Center and 96 Plaza. This enables the three supertall towers in the golden triangle area of Lujiazui to be connected not only by streets, overpass and also at underground level.
Shanghai Tower took on the responsibility of building underground connections with surrounding super-tall towers since its early construction stage. The construction started on the last day of 2012 and after three and a half year’s effort, the Public Avenue has been smoothly completed.
The underground Public Avenue will hold a variety of art exhibitions and art events in the future, forming a public art corridor, adding art and culture ambiance to the Lujiazui area, and improving the business environment of the Lujiazui Financial District.
In addition to the functionality of connecting major buildings, the underground Public Avenue also has an avant-garde design style with its curved endless-like lines, and flowing and changeable lighting effects, giving a trendy atmosphere to the passers-by. Shanghai has many tree covered streets with summer sunlight shines thru the leaves casting their shadows on the ground. The Designer used special materials and lighting to reflect such tree shades on the ground and people would feel like walking in a forest. The design of the edge of the street is inspired by human’s earliest nest – caves, which heighten the feeling of history and nature. As the landmark river of Shanghai, the Huangpu River is very familiar to locals and the design of the ground of the Public Avenue vividly represents the flow and beats of the Huangpu River flowing thru.