The Embankment: Where Anyone Can Be At Home

There lies a sprawling, curved edifice that was once the largest apartment building in Shanghai, but with the pace of change in this city, it long ago shed that title. This architectural wonder of the past now looks out over the architectural wonders of the present, with a perfect view of the Pudong skyline.

 

It is the Embankment Building. What it lacks in modern glitz and glam, it makes up for in history and community. It was built by Victor Sassoon in the 1930s, and opened its doors to a flood of Jewish refugees shortly thereafter. Today it is home to a veritable UN of nationalities, with old Shanghainese living in harmony alongside foreigners from all corners of the globe.

 

Editor: Kiki Yuan