Xin Tian Di
Xintiandi is divided into the North and South Blocks. In the North Block, antique buildings with their modern interior design, decorations and equipment play host to a dazzling array of restaurants specialising in French, American, German, British, Brazilian, Italian, Japanese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong cuisine, putting on display the full international dimension of Shanghai Xintiandi. The dividing line between the two blocks, Xingye Road, is the site of the First Congress Hall of the Chinese Communist Party. In the South Block, modern architecture is the motif while Shikumen is an accompaniment. A shopping, entertainment and leisure complex of 25,000 square metres in the South Block opened in mid 2002. Aside from a series of international restaurants representing the flavors of the world, there are classy boutiques, accessory shops, a food court, a movie cinema, a great one-stop fitness centre as well as 88 Xintiandi Executive Residence, which offers luxurious serviced apartments. There is also an underground carpark with 220 parking spaces.
Shikumen houses are a relic of Shanghai's fascinating history, but over the years had sadly deteriorated because of the lack of maintenance. In order to restore the original appearance of the Shikumen "long tangs"(alleys), Shui On reconstructed selected buildings based on old design drawings. The original bricks and tiles were preserved before construction commenced.
A lot of time and effort were spent on the design and construction stages to preserve the old architecture. Yet the beautifully restored old buildings also boast the latest modern facilities, such as modern M&E systems, escalators and concealed fibre-optics. Shanghai Xintiandi is designed by Wood and Zapata Inc., a Boston-based architectural firm specialised in adaptive re-use of old buildings, and the Singapore office of Nikken Sekkei International Ltd. The Shanghai Tongji University Urban Planning, Design and Research Institute serves as the architectural consultant.