Architecture - Retail & shopping mall
The master plan uses the movement to derive architectural form creating dialogue between existing historical buildings in the site and the new urban space. The expression of movement takes the essence of Chinese Calligraphy. The energetic and fluid strokes of the curved lines form the volumes and spaces like the play on positive and negative spaces in a Chinese painting. The ‘strokes’ of people flow combine to form a loop that establishes a momentum that culminate in three spinning glass atria that rise up to forms that reinforce the circulation.
The ‘movement’ in the mall establishes a momentum that culminates in three spinning glass atria that rise up to forms that visually reinforce its circulation direction.
Center 66 is designed to make the best of the location with entrances that will draw people in from the busiest junctions, creating a vortex of activity in the heart of the scheme.
The mall concept is focused on enhancing people flow. Three glass atriums extend beyond to form a triangular loop around an arcade, and shoppers will be able to guide themselves around the loop using the distinctive landmarks at each junction of the atriums. Inside the mall the direction of the escalators is designed to guide shoppers up the six levels – all of them go up clockwise and down counter-clockwise.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The master plan composition focuses on the historical buildings and builds, in layers, responding to the site context to provide a plaza. The disposition and forms of the built elements of the scheme are influenced by pedestrian routes from key intersections to the cluster of buildings of significant historical and architectural importance. The Ming Dynasty Opera House with its soaring traditional Chinese roof and the rare Chinese vernacular houses with western architectural influence provide a delightful focus and attraction at the heart of the development.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The direction of the escalators is designed to guide shoppers up the six levels – all of them go up clockwise and down counter-clockwise. These escalators are places in a cascade format so the bridges across the atria and escalators all have two storeys of height above them. This application of circulation s used to build better volumes, enhancing feeling of space, penetration of daylight and view angles to shopfronts.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Start Date: August 2006
Completion Date: September 2013
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The transparent ends of the three atria provide a physical and visual connection to the city. Visitors can orientate themselves to the city with the views from the atrium ends; while when approaching from the outside, a sense of welcoming is created because people can see deep into the building. A 45m high tension cable wall was designed to avoid any visual disruption by windows or curtain wall structure. It is by now the tallest vertical spanning cable wall in China.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Total Shopping Mall Area: 118,130sq.m. 7 floors of retail in total from B1 to L6. 3 levels of basement parking from B2 to B4. Office Tower 1 Area: 88,560sqm, 250m tall. Office Tower 2 Area: 56,030sqm, 200m tall.
Aedas, Hang Lung, World Class Shopping Mall, Wuxi, Luxury Brands, China Architecture
The tower form takes flowing lines of the traditional cheongsam dress and the office typical plan references its shape to ancient Chinese people’s money, linking modern office commerce to historical Chinese trading, and bringing good Feng Shui and prosperity.
The creative challenge was to develop a concept that unifies all disparate approach flows of people into a cohesive, legible and welcoming building, while maintaining sufficient momentum to drive people to the upper levels of the mall. Ultimately the disparate inputs become the driver for the movement concept of the masterplan and planning. The seeming effects of centrifugal forces are applied within the atria, stepping back the void edges to reveal larger voids at the upper levels of the mall.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Christine Lam and David Clayton (Aedas)