Get acquainted with Shanghai’s premier architect at the Wukang Mansion
Hungarian-Slovak architect László Hudec has left his fingerprints all over Shanghai, with dozens of projects that captured the zeitgeist of the city during the concession eras. He’s still a household name among local people who call themselves wu fen, a Chinese abbreviation for ‘Hudec fans’. In the former French Concession, gaze up at the Wukang Mansion, which Hudec completed in 1924. Once called Normandie Apartments (an homage to a World War I-era battleship), the French Renaissance-style flatiron was home to Shanghai’s intellectuals and film stars. During the Cultural Revolution, it also bore a darker moniker – the Red Guards renamed it the Anti-Revisionist Tower.