Construction work just resumed at the Shanghai site for the new Cofco Cultural and Health Center designed by Steven Holl Architects.The 80,944-sf facility combines medical spaces, a pharmacy and nursery with cultural functions, including a library, gym, exhibition area, cafe, and community areas.

Arranged around a circular central public garden, the two-building ensemble topped out in January and aims for completion in December 2020.”The new Shanghai Cofco Cultural and Health Center aims at being a ‘social condenser,’ bringing the community of the surrounding new housing blocks together in a public space and park along an existing canal,” explains the project description.

“While the housing blocks are repetitive and extensive, here the architecture is of spatial energy and openness, inviting the whole community in for recreational & cultural programs while health needs are provided by the integral health
building.

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