amphibianArc embeds vertical water + greenery into dongfeng shopping mall amphibianArc embeds vertical water + greenery into dongfeng shopping mall
nov 27, 2014

amphibianArc embeds vertical water + greenery into dongfeng shopping mall

amphibianArc embeds vertical water + greenery into dongfeng shopping mall
all images courtesy of amphibianArc

 

 

 

located in the uppermost residential district of northwest zhengzhou, the ‘hanhai dongfeng town center’ by amphibianArc constitutes a radical interpretation of shopping mall, setting a precedent in the region for contemporary metropolitan development. the 350,000 sqm building covers nine levels of retail and family entertainment, an elevated fountain plaza, an indoor canal, numerous themed restaurants, and one hotel tower, all of which is highlighted by an iconic LED canopy stretching across the top of the entire complex.

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
the LED canopy

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
axonometric view

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
the building in the winter

 

 

 

the design draws insight from classical chinese treasure bowl cornucopia, a special capsule symbolizing auspiciousness and happiness. it has set out to create a vibrant yet intimate ‘urban container’, a public setting that embraces all kinds of social activities, generates immersive an experience – a celebration of cultural and geographic openness and diversity. the overall result is an interconnected community grounded in tradition, but poised for the future. 

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
bird’s-eye view

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
the building at dusk

 

 

 

with the aim to enhance the multiplicity of the architecture, a unique entertainment center has been integrated into the mall’s organization: a family-oriented indoor complex that will be geared toward all age groups. combined with customized and branded retail and restaurants.

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
interior landscape 

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
closeup 

 

 

 

 

interior landscaping is another feature of the project. zhengzhou is among the country’s top ten most polluted cities. to raise the community’s awareness on environmental protection and aid in the creation of a microclimate for visitors, the approach adopts both horizontal and vertical greenery into the building. the roof garden, together with lush indoor areas visible to the street level pedestrians, proposes a new alternative for enhancing the condition of the environment, while maximizing the synthetic terrain’s efficiency.

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
fountain plaza on the fifth level

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
a symbol of life

 

 

 

the fountain plaza and canal on the fifth level with a vertical aquarium introduces the element of water, a symbol of life, into the complex. the space functions as a communal gathering place, which will be the largest of its kind in china. visitors can experience the liquid promenade through a gondola tour along the channel or take a breathtaking ride in the glass elevator through the aquarium. once built, the mall will become a powerful catalyst and landmark for life in the city.

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
vertical aquarium

amphibianArc vertical water greenery dongfeng shopping mall china
canal

 


video courtesy of amphibianarc

 

 

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  • Someone needs to rethink the water feature. That whole plaza is going to get saturated!

    Andrew says:

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