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Conceptual design for Yang Shu Pu Power Plant along bank of Huangpu River. Mixed-use buildings surround pedestrian areas
Yang Shu Pu Power Plant Adaptive Reuse

Coal Fired Power Plant Transforms to Net-zero Campus


Shanghai Electrical Power Co. Ltd.

Project Location

Shanghai, China


820,000 SF

The Shanghai Electrical Power Co. Ltd. has made it its mission to be a leader in providing clean energy. Our firm sought to fulfill the client’s goal of demonstrating their strong commitment to sustainable urban growth in Shanghai with this 820,000-SF net-zero campus adaptive reuse of a power plant.

Decommissioned in 2010, the Yang Shu Power Plant, situated on the western bank of the Huangpu River, was the first power plant built in China and is one of the oldest coal-fired power plants in the world. Our design for the plant’s redevelopment uses an aggressive adaptive reuse strategy to realize a net-zero mixed-use campus. The masterplan repurposes select facilities to serve as historical anchor points and icons of energy conversation.

The program includes office buildings, retail locations (street-front, podium, and kiosk), hotel, museum, exhibition centers, R&D facilities and labs, lecture and auditorium space, and a marina. We provided master planning, site planning, and integrated architecture and engineering design services.

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