- Project Leaders : Qianyi Lin, Dongzi Yang
- Design Team : Bo Huang, Zebing Li, Meiyu Jiang
- The Client : SND
- City : Sanya
- Country : China
Text description provided by the architects. The design scope mainly includes a public commercial area, new circulation route, art gallery, art shop, bookstore, and cafe, etc. A newly built staircase enhances the interaction between the ground floor and the first floor, with its pure form echoing the art gallery. "The overall project integrates the design from the outside to the inside, with a strong sense of unity. When conceiving the newly added commercial area, we tried to incorporate inclusiveness to harmonize the hotel, the commercial space, and tenants, without breaking the original design style of the hotel while highlighting the personality of the commercial area and brand stores", Various Associates explained.
SND Sanya is one of the brand stores in the hotel's new commercial space. Inspired by the local surfing culture, Various Associates adopted "waves" as the design concept. With layered wave-like structures and consideration of functional demands, a distinctive circulation route is formed. The long accessory display stand spans more than 15 meters and the waves-themed structures separate the space into several display zones. Combining openness and privacy, those areas can accommodate different customers and enable them to enjoy shopping in a comfortable environment. The entrance area consists of a front desk and an area for clothes packaging so that customers can be provided with timely services as entering and leave the store. The ultra-long counter combines the function for accessories display and payment services. It's convenient for consumers to pick commodities at a glance.
The pure, clean spatial blocks and the structures' staggered heights create a unique experience for customers as if they're traveling through surging waves, and meanwhile block the dazzling daylight to enhance garments display. The walls are inclined to different degrees to form various fun enclosed areas. The lofty structures effectively block the strong daylight and ensure visual comfort. The functional "waves" at different heights, the circulation loop that runs through "waves", and the interaction among products, all add fun and enhance experiences in the pure, pleasant space.
The suspended ceiling is a combination of light membrane and bespoke ultra-thin metal grille, which produces soft, bright, and even lighting effects as if sunshine passes through the sea, thereby adding a sense of vitality, freedom, and layering to the sedate, ritual space. The elaborately-designed lighting effects make the space more bright and comfortable and highlight the spatial layers as well. Purity, comfort, and brightness are key motifs of the design. The design team hoped to convey the relaxing feeling of the city in the space.
"When playing in waves, you may find treasures under the sea. Many people may wash them and bring them back to home, and these turn into souvenirs of the journey", said Various Associates. "This resonates with the design concept of SND Sanya. Many 'treasures' are waiting to be discovered in the 'huge waves. I hope customers can find and buy their favorites in the spatial journey."
In this space, everything is expected to be 'lightweight', so that customers can only feel the space, garments, and themselves when moving in it. The clothes rails, lamp boards, and mirrors are suspended or floating in the air. All details reveal a coherent logic, giving the space an exquisite touch and a sense of layering. Through waves-themed design, Various Associates hoped to convey the ideas of comfort, relaxation, freedom, purity, and attention to the inner self.
The project leverages minimalist design languages to meet the requirements for spatial functions, circulation routes, and structures. Starting from the space itself and based on full consideration of brand culture, local context, and spatial characteristics, Various Associates turned SND's brand space into a medium that connects the inside and outside, which brings new possibilities to retail stores. Various Associates takes cues from multiple dimensions and integrates diversified elements while approaching every project, with a view break with conventions and exploring new possibilities.