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Sun Sun Co

Gonda designed Sun Sun Co, the third of the four big Chinese department stores on Nanjing Road, which reveals a more modern style than the previous two — the Sincere and Wing On department stores.

When the emporium opened its door for “inspection” in January 1926, it was described as a “spacious, commodious and different department store” by The North-China Herald.

The edifice was also “a tribute to Shanghai’s growth and future prosperity.” Constructed on the most modern lines, plenty of windows and good indirect lighting, comfortable lifts and adequate display counters, the new premises will delight prospective purchasers and make shopping a pleasure.

Divided by three sections, the facade is designed in Art Deco style, or more accurately transitional from neoclassic to Art Deco style. The shop’s extraordinary signature tower has fashioned the building into a commercial monument in a fresh style.


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