- Union Building, Shanghai
The Union Building is a building on
the Bundin Shanghai, China. It is located at No. 3, the Bund (formerly no. 4).
Completed in 1916, the building was used by a number of insurance companies. The six-storey building was the first work in
Shanghaiof P&T Architects and Surveyors (Palmer & Turner), and was the first building in Shanghai to use a steel structure. The building occupied 2241 square metres, with a floor area of 13760 square metres. Because it had a narrow frontage onto the Bund, the main door was located on the adjacent Guangdong Road.
The building is in
Neo-Renaissancestyle with a symmetrical facade, but with some Baroque styledetails. The roof features a domed corner pavilion.
In 1937, the
Japanese Imperial Armythreatened Shanghai. Being unable to indemnify war damages, the insurance companies had their assets frozen. The Union Bankthen purchased building. In 1949 the Union Bankevacuated from Shanghaiin the wake of the Communist takeover. From 1953 the building was used by the Shanghai Civil Architecture and Design Institute. In 1997 a private equity fund from Singaporepurchased the building, and in 2004 converted it to a "high-class" shopping centre, called "Three on the Bund".
* [http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/shanghai/SHABUND36.htm The Bund]
* [http://www.threeonthebund.com/ Three on the Bund]
* [http://www.simonfieldhouse.com/shanghai.htm Historic Architecture of "The Bund - Shanghai"]
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