BFC Mall

After winning the international design competition, Kokaistudios returned to Shanghai’s most exclusive waterfront district and completed the multifaceted interiors project for landmark architecture scheme, Bund Finance Center. Designed by Heatherwick Studios in partnership with Foster + Partners, the 91,982 sqm mixed-use development represents a significant addition to the city’s skyline, connecting Shanghai’s historic old town to its commercial heart. Occupying the development’s southern district, the BFC Mall represented an exciting challenge for Kokaistudios to create interiors that conceptually link to its riverside locale; blur boundaries between inside and out. And above all, to support the shopping center’s lifestyle remit.


A major mixed-use development connecting Shanghai’s commercial heart to its old town, Bund Finance Center’s landmark architecture has fast become a Shanghai icon. Called upon to design interiors for the project’s mall, the project marks Kokaistudios return to the city’s historic Bund, where in 2006 they led the renovation of UNESCO Heritage Award-winning Bund 18.

BFC Mall occupies six floors of one of the development’s two 180-meter tall towers to the south of the site. With facilities including a gourmet supermarket, gym, and multiple restaurants, all spread across two belowground levels and four above, visitor circulation was a particular priority. Similarly, and in order to plan for a range of future lifestyle-oriented uses, injecting flexibility was important.

Foster + Partners’

Working within Foster + Partners’ existing and unfolding physical framework, Kokaistudios’ concept was inspired both by the venue’s prime riverside location at the southern end of Shanghai’s Bund, as well as its two anchor tenants. They are a 3,000sqm fully equipped gym, and expansive children’s and pets’ play area. Expanding on both establishments’ inherent connotations of wellbeing, relaxation, and escape, as well as the site’s close proximity to the shoreline of the Huangpu River, the team devised overarching themes of beachside vacations, and above all, water.

Principal Designers: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani

Interior Architecture Director: Pietro Peyron

Interior Design Director: Rake Wang

Interior Design Team: Muyun Zhao, Andrea Antonucci, Chang Liu, Christine Chen, Rebecca Huang, Jessica Xu, Winnie Chen, Samo Xu, Kasia Gorecka, Marta Pinheiro

Photography: Terrence Zhang

Text: Frances Arnold

Media Contact: Jacqueline Chiang