On Tuesday, June 28th, 50 members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Shanghai chapter joined SOM Directors Eric Tomich and Silas Chiow, and architect Jaan Johnson, from SOM's Shanghai office, for a construction site tour of White Magnolia Plaza. Tomich and Johnson gave a presentation on the design and engineering challenges involved in the mixed-use project, which includes the tallest tower in Shanghai's Puxi area.
Located directly across the river from the high-rise Pudong district, White Magnolia Plaza is the centerpiece of a new commercial core taking shape in Shanghai. The mixed-use complex connects to a new riverfront park, and is anchored by two sinuous towers—the taller of which will reach 320 meters. This landmark skyscraper will contain offices, while the smaller tower will feature Shanghai's first W Hotel. White Magnolia Plaza is a model of environmentally responsible development. With construction nearly complete, the project was launched to the leasing market in May 2016, ahead of its expected opening in 2017.