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Major new landmarks take shape in Xuhui

Constructions are in full swing in downtown Xuhui District to develop a number of new landmarks, such as a 370-meter building in Xujiahui and an artificial intelligence hub at the West Bund waterfront.

The Xuhui government unveiled its major construction plans for 2020 yesterday.

A total of 61 projects, with investment of 16.5 billion yuan (US$2.34 billion), will be finished or achieve major milestones this year.

As a highlight, the Xujiahui Center project, including a 370-meter tower on Hongqiao Road, will complete one of the high-rise buildings by the end of the year.

The project will also become a landmark for the upscale business and headquarters economy.

The Xujiahui project includes two office buildings, a luxury hotel and seven floors of shops, restaurants, art galleries and theaters.

The 70-story iconic office building, which is scheduled to be completed in 2023, will surpass the 320-meter-high building in the Sinar Mas Plaza, also known as the White Magnolia Plaza complex, in Hongkou District to become the tallest structure in Puxi.

It will become the fifth tallest in the city after the 632-meter Shanghai Tower, the 492-meter Shanghai World Financial Center, the 468-meter Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the 420.5-meter Jin Mao Tower, all in Pudong’s Lujiazui area.

The project is expected to elevate the functions and attractions of the Xujiahui commercial hub, along with the Xujiahui Skywalk to connect malls.

Another batch of key projects are being launched at the West Bund waterfront along the Huangpu River which has been home to a cluster of museums and art galleries renovated from the city’s early factories.

The West Bund aims to further develop into a media harbor as well as an AI hub.

“The waterfront construction has been listed as the top agenda among Xuhui’s construction projects,” said Luo Pengchong, director of the district’s key projects office.

The riverside region will feature art and AI with the media harbor, AI valley and a financial town, according to the district.

Internet giants such as Tencent, Alibaba, Huawei and Xiaomi will be housed on the waterfront along with startups including SenseTime and United Imaging.


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