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Shanghai Exhibition Center - Soviet Friendship Mansion
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© Christine Till - CT-Graphics
Shanghai Exhibition Center (SEC), one of the most representative architectures in Shanghai, was completed in 1955. Its original name was the "Palace of Sino-Soviet Friendship", but once the honeymoon period between China and the Soviet Union was over and relations began to sour it was renamed to "Shanghai Pavilion".
Referred to as "the wedding cake" by resident foreigners, the Center in its monumental glory, with its bold Bolshevik strokes, classical pillars, marbled halls, rich stucco walls, showy chandeliers, intricate metalwork, stained-glass windows and gilded spire topped with the Soviet star was designed in the Russian neoclassical style of architecture.
The SEC is a classy counterpoint to the surrounding mix of sleek modern glass towers, ungainly early Opening- and Reform-era tile-clad high rises and remaining strips of pre-war Shanghai low-rise shops and lane houses.
July 30th, 2011
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