The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

The Ark – Shanghai’s Floating Former Cement Factory

14 November 2023

MAD Architects has released images of its proposed renovations to what was once one of the three largest cement factories in Shanghai.


Watch the Video




The Shanghai Zhangjiang Cement Factory was built in 1971, growing with Shanghai’s urban construction sector until its closure in 2013. The "Wanmicang" warehouse on the southside of the site was once the first stop for ships to send raw materials to the cement factory for processing, and it is also the largest existing building in the cement factory.



Picture: a photograph showing the existing "Wanmicang" warehouse. Image Credit: MAD Architects


The warehouse is to be reimagined as a multifunctional public waterfront space where the old and the new will co-exist.

The renders released by MAD Architects demonstrate how the original industrial architectural look of the warehouse is preserved, with the façade of the original industrial building repaired and reinforced and forming a central part of the design.



Picture: a render showing the proposed "ark" roof, with the original building's industrial façade shown. Image Credit: MAD Architects


Alongside this, there is an “ark-like metal floating volume.” A metal ladder leads up to the roof, providing views of the Chuanyang River in the distance. 



Picture: a render showing the interior of the "arc" with steps up to the roof and communal seating areas. Image Credit: MAD Architects

The renovation is expected to be completed by 2026.

Picture: a render showing the exterior of the "arc", showing the rooftop garden. Image Credit: MAD Architects

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 14 November 2023


Related Articles

High Performing Buildings – May's Roundup

This month's high performing building roundup includes a new Nike logistics campus in Corby, specialised laboratory space in Manchester, and the Best Refurbished...

 Read Full Article
Google Opens New Sustainable Campus in Silicon Valley

Google has announced the unveiling of its new office campus in Silicon Valley, the Bay View Campus. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Heatherwick Studio and...

 Read Full Article
High Performing Buildings – October's Roundup

This month, we are focussing on high-performing warehouses and industrial spaces. The growth of e-commerce could drive demand for 92 million sq ft of warehouse space...

 Read Full Article
High Performing Buildings – June’s Roundup

This month's high performing building roundup includes an airport terminal that resembles a garden, a contemporary workspace...

 Read Full Article
China’s First Net-Zero Operational Carbon High-Rise

The Z6 Tower in Beijing has become the first high-rise office building in China to be awarded a “Net Zero Carbon Outstanding”...

 Read Full Article
Battersea Power Station’s Office Building and Roof Gardens Complete

Battersea Roof Gardens and 50 Electric Boulevard, an office building with 200,000 square feet of new workspace, have both completed.    Watch the...

 Read Full Article
CIBSE, Introba and Amazon Unveil New Embodied Carbon Guidance for Warehouse Equipment 

New guidance to help the logistics industry measure the embodied carbon of warehouse equipment is now available. In conjunction with building services consultancy...

 Read Full Article
London’s Best Workplaces Named at BCO Regional Awards

London’s most outstanding workplaces have been announced at the British Council for Offices Regional Awards. The awards recognise projects that demonstrate best...

 Read Full Article
The Floating Glass Museum – A Design for Climate Change

An Italian architecture firm has created a futuristic building concept for cities affected by climate change.   Watch the...

 Read Full Article
High Performing Buildings – April’s Roundup

April’s high performing buildings roundup includes a new office scheme in the Square Mile, a Fitwel-accredited business park and plans for a new home for Birmingham...

 Read Full Article