(SHANGHAI) — Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that the magnificent new addition to Shanghai’s skyline, One Museum Place, was inaugurated with much fanfare on the evening of September 19. The grand opening was attended by 300 guests from the real estate and business community including representatives from developer and manager Hines, building owner ADIA, architect Gensler and contractor Shanghai Construction Group; as well as representatives from financial, realty and lifestyle media outlets.
Centrally located in the last-available prime location in downtown Shanghai’s Jing’an district, One Museum Place offers excellent connectivity, with an on-property link to metro line 13 (Shanghai Natural History Museum Station) and easy access to the North-South Elevated Road, Xinzha Road and Western Beijing Road.
The tower, which has attracted a host of Fortune 500 and top Chinese companies in sectors such as finance, professional services, pharmacy and technology, comprises 60 floors of prime office space and a retail podium, both overlooking the Natural History Museum and the verdant Jing’an Sculpture Park with open spaces and beautiful installations. Dubbed as the Pearl of Jing’an, the project is set to benefit greatly from the district government’s plans for the museum area.
Hines and Gensler: Legends in action
Hines, a brand synonymous with high-quality real estate, is known for continuously redefining standards of excellence. Since its founding in 1957, Hines has expanded its global presence to more than 200 cities and has developed, redeveloped, and acquired 1,362 projects, totaling to over 449 million square feet across all types of property—office, retail, residential, apartment and hotel, industrial/logistics, arts and culture, sports facilities, and mixed-use spaces. The firm also manages a number of owned and third-party properties.
Since its entry into China in 1995, Hines has developed many landmark projects, including the 21st Century Tower and Four Seasons in Pudong, California Place in Shanghai and Embassy House and Park Avenue in Beijing, One Museum Place, represents the coming together of Hines’ vast development experience and solid business reputation in China and reflects its commitment to developing world-class properties for China.
Hines senior managing director James Morrison said, “ I believe One Museum Place—another milestone for Hines in China—will be the most sought-after office property in Shanghai. We have many blue-chip tenants and wide support from the brokerage community. We are focused on the “Hines Standard” in operations and project management, to ensure the quality of operations is commensurate with the building itself.”
Hines Senior Managing Director Benjamin Chu added, “The area around the Natural History Museum is a premium location with world-class urban amenities, including the museum, Jing’an Sculpture Park, and other historic districts along the Suzhou River. It was important that the building match the importance of the privileged location.”
One Museum Place was developed through a close collaboration between Hines and Gensler, one of the leading architectural design firms in the world. For Gensler, this project is a prestigious addition to their formidable portfolio, which includes Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world. Hines and Gensler have worked together in China for over 15 years on iconic projects, including the 21st Century Tower and Four Seasons Hotel in Lujiazui, Shanghai.
Peter Weingarten, regional managing principal from Gensler, said, “Always associated with excellent quality, Gensler has become a leader in architecture design standards and trends. It has been a great pleasure working again with Hines on this masterpiece commercial project. We look forward to creating more memorable projects in China in partnership with Hines.”
CEO of Shanghai Construction Group, the contractor of One Museum Place, Mr Bian Jia Jun said, “The project meets world-class construction standards. The building façade and material used are sophisticated, which makes One Museum Place a project that will stand the test of time and generate higher value.”
Hines: All about green and sustainability
One Museum Place is designed and built to the highest international specifications of quality and sustainability. It’s one of the first office towers in Shanghai to receive LEED® Platinum Certification, the highest rating in the green building program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certified buildings conserve resources and contribute to the health of its occupants and promote renewable, clean energy.
One Museum Place is also the first commercial project to receive RESET™ Air pre-certification status. Equipped with the world's best air filtration and treatment systems, the project offers the best possible air quality in a commercial building. The temperature, humidity, and air-filtration mechanism within the building are precisely monitored and controlled to match the air quality criteria outlined in the RESET Air (Core & Shell) Standards.
Focusing on facilities, equipment maintenance, and human interaction, Hines has embraced the smart building management philosophy and has committed itself to creating a desirable indoor environment and an exclusive experience for tenants of One Museum Place. The firm’s property engineering team seeks to maximize building performance, reduce operating costs, and enhance user comfort to ensure sustainable operation of the premises.
The next big one-stop retail destination in Shanghai
The six-level lifestyle-based retail podium at One Museum Place features a variety of food, entertainment, leisure, and experience-driven retail stores that will cater to the needs of office tenants and shoppers in the district and commuters. Spacious outdoor garden terraces on the third and fourth floors, as well as the glass atrium Winter Garden, connecting the retail to the office, serve as comforting and welcoming spaces.
Overlooking Jing’an Sculpture Park, the terraces are elegant settings that offer unrivaled views of the iconic Lujiazui skyline. One Museum Place also promises high-end catering options to elevate the leisure dining experience. Here you will find the French restaurant Oxalis, headed by French chef Jonas Noël, who has worked in Michelin-star restaurants in France, Norway, and China and specializes in bringing Nordic and Asian flavors to traditional French cuisine. The all-glass Winter Garden is a light-filled space, designed to be enjoyed by tenants throughout the year. The space will also be used for art exhibits, performances and other events. Tenants and visitors looking to spend time in casual settings will feel right at home at Starbucks. Escalators lead from Level B2 into the third and fourth floors terraces that provides expansive views of the surrounding gardens, the historic Shikumen blocks, and the city beyond.
Premium retail brands on the podium include Z&B Fitness, an international boutique fitness studio offering customized classes with experienced, multilingual foreign instructors, and various food and beverage operators such as the well-known Baker & Spice which includes a bakery and an upscale light dining restaurant. The trendy Manner Coffee and Man Long Chun, a brand of steamed small buns, are some of the other impressive names in the retail mall.
Savills is the retail leasing and management consultancy in charge of One Museum Place. Managing director of Savills Central China and head of China Retail Sui Wing Chu said, “Hines is a highly prestigious international real estate company with a strong track record. We are honored to provide retail consultancy and leasing services for One Museum Place. Savills specialists have secured many high-profile retailers in leisure, food, and beverage among other formats. In future, we will step up our efforts to bring in a greater variety of brands in line with the project’s positioning. I believe that our combined strength will help to transform One Museum Place into a one-stop trendy destination.”
Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 219 cities in 23 countries. Hines has approximately $124.3 billion of assets under management, including $63.8 billion for which Hines provides fiduciary investment management services, and $60.5 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 148 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,362 properties, totaling over 449 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 514 properties, representing over 222 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most respected real estate organizations in the world. Visit www.hines.com for more information.