Notes on the Geography of China: Shanghai: Shikumen to Xintiandi: Photo 9
And here we slide over to Xintiandi, the "New Heaven and Earth" redevelopment project of Hong Kong's Shui An group, financed by Vincent Lo. Two blocks of shikumen have been converted into what an American developer would call festive retail.The result, comparable to many renovations in the United States, preserves the historic facade but completely reorganizes the interior space, to the extent of relocating load-bearing walls. Shui An was supposed to renovate the buildings, not transform them into modern commercial buildings.
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