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Shanghai Yangshupu Power Plant Regeneration


Location Size Completion
Shanghai, China 83,000 sqm Start from 2019, ongoing

Project details

Originally commissioned in 1911, Shanghai Yangshupu is a former coal-fired power plant that is widely considered to be the first of its kind built in the Far East. Sitting within in an 83,000 square metre site in Yangpu on the edge of the Huangpu River, the plant contains two historic power station buildings, associated waterside buildings and equipment. It is an important set of buildings which helped in the early development of the city’s economy and has dominated the local skyline for generations.

One of the power stations dates as far back as the early 1880’s. Originally designed and built by British engineers with British boilers, British generators and British control equipment, it officially made Shanghai the third city in the world to produce electricity.

Today, the plant is set to benefit from a massive overhaul to preserve, adapt, and add to the heritage of the site by an interdisciplinary team of Chinese and British architects and engineers from BDP.

We are adding new accommodation and social, retail and business functions to both of the heritage power station buildings with the aim to transform Yangshupu into a vibrant mixed-use destination for people across the district.


  • World Architecture Festival X (WAFX) 2022
  • Fortune Best Designs 2022

Integrated services

architecture, urban design