Architecture and Design Obsession
E18 Residence introduces a new housing typology in Shanghai
K. Wah Riverside E18 Residence by international practice EID Architecture challenges the prevalent homogeneous housing models in China with a contextual and community-sensitive approach. Amidst the urgency for scale and speed in development, the design breaks away from mass-produced typologies. Located near the riverfront area in Pudong District, Shanghai, the project sets up over 110 apartment units on a tight site introducing a contemporary housing typology to a dense residential area and revitalizing the urban context.
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sun path and river shape INFORM the building’s curvilinear design
Architects at EID Architecture grapple with the unique challenge posed by one of Shanghai’s smallest parcels. E18 Residence stands at the edge of Luijiazui Financial District, adjacent to Huangpu River, and takes its form from the geometric relationships between the allowable building envelope and the sun path. Sculpted in accordance with the angles of sunlight, the U-shaped massing configuration ensures solar access for the existing neighborhood while creating a transformative urban living experience. The building’s curvilinear geometry reflects the nearby river’s flowing quality, complemented by rectilinear outlines aligning with the urban fabric.
E18 is located near the riverfront area in Pudong District, Shanghai
EID Architecture integrates cascading green terraces in E18
The ‘solar-sculpted urban canyon’, reminiscent of rice paddy fields, integrates green balconies, a central courtyard, and cascading roof terraces. These elements not only enhance the daily life of the neighborhood but also provide expansive views of the river and city. E18 Residence comprises 114 units with diverse floor plans, strategically positioned for optimal sunlight exposure and scenic vistas. The distinctive silhouette of E18 Residence transforms Shanghai’s skyline, offering a prototype for a new era of urban living.
the inner cascading roof terraces resemble rice paddy fields
the project introduces a contemporary and dynamic housing typology
the ‘solar-sculpted urban canyon’ integrates green balconies, a central courtyard, and stepped roof terraces
the building’s curvilinear geometry reflects the nearby river’s flowing shapes