In April 2018 we received the assignment to reimagine the lighting for 25 landmarked buildings on the Shanghai waterfront. Carefully revealed classical facades coexist as a series of jewel boxes within the larger fabric of the historic waterfront. We imagined a future of white light constrained to a CCT range from 1800K to 3000K, sympathetic to the stately historic facades and in marked contrast to the aggressive colour changing lighting shows of the Pudong and other cities in China and around the world. The first phase of the project was inaugurated by China’s President Xi on November 5, 2018.

FMS led a large team of designers in the development of the lighting design concept. FMS, in association with Uno Lai Lighting Design, provided complete design and construction administration services for the most famous and stately buildings on the Bund: the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (Formerly the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Headquarters) and the Customs House.

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