Shanghai’s Extreme Expo Makeover

Thursday, April 2, 2009 9:02
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Well, you knew it was coming, and if you have been in Shanghai for the last 8 months you will already begun to see the signs of the 2010 Shanghai face lift. Extreme Makeover stylie

It is a process that will spare few neighborhoods, look for lots of buildings encased in green construction packaging, and the last line of the Shanghai Daily article City to clean up for Expo really says it all:

Old residential areas, wet markets and small streets are the key targets.

While out of town right now, I have a collection of shots from the recent efforts, and funniest of all to me is the recent completion of the Apollo building in Jing An Park.

Old Apollo buildingNew Apollo building

Once a white tiled round building that was a bit of an eye sore to those driving past on the Yan An expressway, it is now a gray square building that looks like a designer loft.

How did they turn a rounded building into a square one you ask? simple, they simply bolted an exoskeleton to the building like a molded gift wrap. the nasty tiles are still there, and if you drive by at low speed you can see where the old building tapers away from the new windows.

… and there are sure to be more.

UPDATE: here are pictures of the new “modern” exoskeleton being applied to the Baileman hotel on Nanjing West Road near Jing An Temple. As you can see, the new skeleton will come off between 2-3 meters off the exist building, sure to make for an interesting submarine effect for anyone eating in the 2nd hot pot restaurant.

Baileman Shanghai Baileman Shanghai

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4 Responses to “Shanghai’s Extreme Expo Makeover”

  1. Bill says:

    April 2nd, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Is this going to be another Beijing Olympics except a lot of the buildings for the EXPO will be torn down afterward ?

  2. Shopgirls Shanghai says:

    April 4th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Can’t wait to see the finished result.
    Shanghai will be an even better place to live in!!!

  3. Rich says:

    April 5th, 2009 at 1:23 am


    the official plan was to use some of these buildings as a new development – lofts if I recall correctly – but I am pretty sure that we will be a hard sell in current environment, and I have heard rumors that the entire site will be broken down and turned into high rise apartments. Again, another tough sell, but not unsurprising.


  4. Rich says:

    April 5th, 2009 at 1:29 am


    so, through your comment, you believe that the additional modernization is benefical to Shanghai?

    What about those areas where entire neighborhoods are being torn down to make way for modern developments? Is that a good or bad thing?

    Is what is good for you (or any external visitors -foreign or domestic) a good thing for Shanghai?