Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will Soon Rise in China

#Architects: Sunlay #Design Group
#Location: Chengde, Hebei, China
#Project Leaders: Yu Wang, Leandro Rolon
Project #Manager: #Yuan Yuan Wang
Project DesignLeandro Rolon
Project Team: Yu Wang, Jinghai Wu, Leandro Rolon, Yuan Yuan Wang, Jia Guo, Libin Lian, Weijun Jiang
Client: Tianshan #Group
#Area: 27535.0 sqm
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Sunlay #Design #Group

Sunlay #Design Group’s latest endeavor is a modern shopping center with heavy ties to China’s ancient cultural influences. Inspired by classical dragon mythology and the principles of feng shui, the Chengde Tianshan Retail Center will offer the Hebei province a mixed-use shopping experience that fuses contemporary form with traditional methodology. Construction is set to begin this summer.

#Occupying a restrictive, mountainous site that inhibits #visibility #from the street, the designers faced the challenge of responding to the unique terrain, while maximizing the Center’s usable area. The resultant design is a fluid form that defines the site’s perimeter and enables a woven program of indoor and outdoor retail venues. By wrapping the building around the site’s edges, the shopping center gains the elevation necessary to become a prominent reference point for the neighboring town.

The retail #center creates a #visually captivating spectacle with a lofty cantilevered wing resting some 20 meters overhead. At the site’s narrow entry point, the building meets the ground to form a transition between the natural and built environments. Blurring this distinction, the entrance responds to the site’s contours, providing a flexible civic plaza for congregation, relaxation, and performance.

As shoppers move beyond the #plaza, they will be #greeted with the commercial thoroughfare defined by steel panels and glass. The end of the street will be punctuated by a courtyard with 360 degree programming, including retail #shops, restaurants, a cinema, karaoke #bar, and hotel.

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Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will