2022 GFD 🏆 Awards


Surrounded by rivers and Shikumen building complex at Jiaxing Road in the center of Hongkou District, the Shanghai Music Valley features unique historic buildings and a thriving music industry. It covers an area of about 280,000 square meters, and its overall construction area is 76,000 square meters. In the overall planning and upgrading process, the new industrial building area will be about 110,000 square meters. In order to promote the innovation of industrial clusters, the cultural nodes of the Music Valley and the North Bund will be connected for the prosperity of surrounding communities. The designers put forward the concept of “culture as the body and music as the soul”, and conceived the overall plan for the renewal of Music Valley.

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Global Future Design Awards 2022

Urban Design (Concept)


SHI Daohong, ZHANG Liang, JIN Su

Design Team
SHI Daohong, ZHANG Liang, JIN Su




The upgraded industrial park has five music-themed open-air stages, four theaters and one music museum, all of which form a “ring of performing arts”. The all-round performance scene allows visitors to immerse themselves in the charm of music culture. Not only the activities inside the building are externalized, but also integrated with the city. Through a coherent walking route, the Music Valley and various cultural and tourist attractions in the North Bund are connected to create a leisure experience that features sightseeing, entertainment and shopping. The popular performing arts and cultural scenes suitable for festival parades, street performances, and open-air feasts will arouse wider social participation and stimulate more possibilities.

In order to retain and make good use of the colorful community life, the designer abandoned the traditional renewal idea of large-scale demolition and construction. Instead, the historical features of Hongkou lanes are preserved and diverse amenities are added to create an all-weather art and leisure community. Various streetscape management measures, such as upgraded facilities, buried pipelines and open-air businesses along the north-south Harbin Road style commercial street and the east-west commercial street along the Binhe River, have created a cultural atmosphere, giving more pedestrian space to tourists and residents.

On the basis of retaining the original structure of the old industrial building, the designer has injected new design elements into it. In the process of stock renewal, the old buildings are structurally reinforced, and equipped with clear and transparent glass shells for shelter from wind and rain. It not only ensures the integrity of the functions, but also provides a broad view, making the ubiquitous music stage visible to the city.

In order to make up for the weak role of the Valley in promoting the development of the neighborhood, the designer proposed to add an office tower for an industrial complex to introduce leading digital music companies. The music “vertical community” with a sense of rhythm meets the needs of the complete music production industry chain. Various functions are set in the building, and a multi-level, green office environment with colorful experience spaces is created to enhance the image and quality of the building.