Construction for the Summer International Shopping Mall in Zhuhai, China has begun. The project is a mixed-use, 360,000 sqm development is designed by 10 Design and led by partner Gordon Affleck. The client challenged the design to move beyond the “black box” retail model, resulting in the diverse arrangement of forms and spaces of the final design. Follow us after the break for more on this project.
The mall will include retail spaces that are commercial, hotel and residential, bringing the total accommodation to 510,000 sqm. The leasable areas are diverse and link back to the external civil and public spaces. The Summer Group chose to provide community space with the shopping mall, creating an environment that also has a natural landscape. Affleck predicts that these design decisions will make Summer International Shopping Mall “one of the major destinations in Southern China”.
Zhuhai is a growing city and the site of this project is unique in that it is a meeting point between the grid of the city and the natural topography of the surrounding hills. An “urban super wall” defines the sites edge as it meets the urban grid and is composed of stacked stone, steel and LED blocks that cantilever across the streets.
The LED blocks provide entry gateways and break out points that reveal the soft edge of the building, defined by planted terraces and a garden. The terraces reflect meandering paths that pedestrian may choose to take throughout the building. They undulate and create valleys that natural provide gathering points, plazas and shaded courtyards.
Architect: 10 DESIGN Project Location: Zhuhai, China Project Name: Summer International Retail And Entertainment Centre Client: Summer Industrial Group Site Area: 170,000sqm Site Area: 510,000sqm Function: Retail Complex, Corporate Office, 5-star Business Hotel, Convention, EXPO Centre Designer: Gordon Affleck, Design Partner Design Team: Jamie Webb, Bernice Kwok, Kevis Wong, Nick Chan, Jason Easter, Christian Dierckxsens, Ewa Koter, Alicia Johannesen