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

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

Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will Soon Rise in China
Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will Soon Rise in China, Courtesy of Sunlay Design Group
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.

Site Plan
Site Plan

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.

Courtesy of Sunlay Design Group
Courtesy of Sunlay Design Group

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.

Courtesy of Sunlay Design Group
Courtesy of Sunlay Design Group

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.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengde, Hebei, China
  • Project Leaders

    Yu Wang, Leandro Rolon
  • Project Manager

    Yuan Yuan Wang
  • Project Design

    Leandro 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

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Cite: Holly Giermann. "Sunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will Soon Rise in China" 16 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/631745/sunlay-design-group-s-folklore-inspired-retail-center-will-soon-rise-in-china/> ISSN 0719-8884
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