Shanghai MixC Mall Landscape Design | Lab D+H
Project Title: Shanghai MixC Mall Landscape Design
Location: Shanghai, China
Client: China Resource Land East
Landscape Architect: Lab D+H
Size: 4.5 ha
Scope Area: Open space/Public Green along the Mall, 6F Roof
Design period: 2016.12 - 2017.07
Construction period: 2017.06 - 2017.09
Principal in-charge: YoungJoon Choi
Project Design Team: YoungJoon Choi, Tai Hao, Lan Hao
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Shanghai MixC Mall is 580m-long giant sized mall located along Wuzhong Rd in Shanghai. The site includes more than 80% public green areas where the surface is required to be covered by greenery and to provide with public amenities. Our point of departure was the belief that by considering the public open space and private development goals as an integrated whole, we could draw upon the accessibility to the site from metro stations and the vitality from another huge mall across the street as a place of recreation and of commerce to create a place that would be both a lively, vibrant part of the city, and a beautiful and inviting new part of the district.
In front of three main entrances of the mall, we proposed open and flexible plazas for various commercial events, while 40m width public green areas between plazas are creating an urban park ambiance. Along the Ginkgo Avenue, the promenade with 2 rows of ginkgo tree, series of moment of special experiences are placed - music fountain, petal canopy, event lawn, sunken fountain, led screen, tree plaza.
EAST MAIN PLAZA
40m deep public green area allows more than 100m long diagonal entry plaza on both side of the site. As east corner is the main traffic intersection at the road and the main entry of the building, the most vibrant urban activities and commercial events are expected. Our primary approach to this area is how to staging the urban plaza to activate and to curate flexible programs. While rich textured stone paving pattern laid out in linear arrangement to encourage people’s movement and diverse programs, edges of the square are enclosed by sculptural planters and long benches in order to support the flexibility of plaza.
DIGITAL MODEL VIEW OF EAST MAIN PLAZA
PAVING OF EAST MAIN PLAZA ©Arch-Exist
East Main Plaza Components - Feature Wall / Sculptural Bench / Petal Canopy
Feature wall creates a sleek micro topography which resonates with a geometry of massive shopping mall building as well as guides visitors into the mall. At pedestrian level, juxtaposed layers of the wall and planting work as a green buffer from the adjacent roads. On plaza side of the wall, Sculptural Bench is added on top of the feature wall to provide with theatrical setting towards plaza in the middle along with resting spots for shoppers. Perforated pattern on bench surface makes an interesting rhythm on bench surface as well as makes the long bench blend into the surrounding. The 3 Petal-shape Canopies are shade structures for people in the lawn, its upper lattices and structural trunks are integrated like tree structure and it becomes an iconic element in the large lawn area.
Recessed linear Pattern at Wall ©Arch-Exist
FEATURE WALL ©Arch-Exist
SCULPTURAL BENCH ©Arch-Exist
Topographic silhouette of backrest ©Arch-Exist
3 different sizes of holes, handrest, deterrent ©Arch-Exist
Exploded axon of Canopy structure ‘trunk’ and Leaf-like lattices
Elavation of Petal Canopy
MUSIC FOUNTAIN / Ginkgo Avenue
Due to Green ratio requirement, north side of the landscape area has to be covered by green and in order to comply with fire safety code, a corridor in front of the building has to be open. We took these requirements as an opportunity for stitching between public green and store frontage area along the mall. Music Fountain is 130m long laminar flow animated fountain that choreographed to the music playing in the park. It is divided in 9 sections of the pool, one typical design and the mirrored one repeat alternately along the length. Ginkgo Avenue is a paved ginkgo tree alley way traverses the whole site from east plaza to west plaza, is intended to encourage visitors to walk across the long distance site. Music Fountain and Ginkgo Avenue are the strategic urban seams that reconcile public realm and private sector.
Section of Music Fountain
Tilted Bench, Steps, Pool, Hidden Laminar Nozzle, Cistern ©Arch-Exist
GINKGO AVENUE ©Arch-Exist
CENTRAL DROP-OFF ZONE ©Arch-Exist
Multiple versions of sculpture designs
Last Proposed scheme by Lab D+H (Left) Lab D+H Built design by UAP (Right)
Side Water fall detail ©Arch-Exist
Coffee & Tea Plaza 咖啡茶饮广场 ©Arch-Exist
Canopy for Underground parking entry ©Arch-Exist
Sunken plaza is a pedestrian traffic node where metro station and shopping mall intersect. The wall facing to b1 level and the steps on both sides are great opportunities for urban theatrical setting of various activities and events expected in this area. The murmuring streams flow down both the wall fountain which made of thousands of pixelated stones in the middle and the steps at each end of the sunken plaza. The lively patterned green wall softens the space and brings vibrancy in. The table in front of the water invites people to stay and interact with water. The gradual change of paving pattern implies the focal view towards fountain. Thus a stage is created naturally with enclosed space and dynamic fountain wall as backdrop.
Section of Sunken Plaza ©Arch-Exist
Social Seating wall at Sunken Plaza ©Arch-Exist
10,000 mirror blocks at cascade ©Arch-Exist
Since this location is the space behind the sunken plaza where people can stay and rest, at the same time it is the edge of West plaza, Tree Plaza provides social lounging area for group of people to gather and rest. It consisted of an alternation between two elements - a decent size of Zelkova tree for a shade and an uniquely designed urban furniture for various forms of rest.
Socializing Platform ©Arch-Exist
6F ROOF GARDEN
Additional Design elements to be added
Pictures from Visitors