It may just be an idea “wants to get on an elevator” but this audio tour of Shanghai’s New Promenade Building is so fascinating it begs to be done in full. I mean, the man who gave it its name is actually running around Tokyo in a Pajun Stendhal chair – you gotta love something that…
The video tour stops in various locations in the building and the calligrapher in charge of writing the text for the tours explained to NEN that he chose the building because it had a shopping courtyard, therefore he thinks it represents man-made nature.
So how did it actually walk from one side of the building to the other? Both erstwhile architects agreed:
The video feels like a lot of fun, but if it came together as a physical project, it would be a whole different story. Seeing a 200 foot long structure walk to a new location would be interesting, but it would be really fun if there was a second part that took people “on the elevator” out of the building onto the streets. The “landscape” is the second highest on the Bauhaus axis. Everything leaves China this year and the building would feel more like China had been given a prize instead of a textbook.