fountain flow by atelier I-N-D-J & CTHM architects for shanghai windows 2015
fountain flow by atelier I-N-D-J & CTHM architects for shanghai windows 2015 fountain flow by atelier I-N-D-J & CTHM architects for shanghai windows 2015
apr 07, 2015

fountain flow by atelier I-N-D-J & CTHM architects for shanghai windows 2015

fountain flow by atelier I-N-D-J & CTHM architects for shanghai windows 2015
all images © seth powers




set within the xintiandi district, a bustling lifestyle, fashion, and shopping epicenter in shanghai, china, is RIBA’s shanghai windows project. the venture partners RIBA–royal institute of british architects–members with international and upcoming chinese retailers. working closely with their retail partner fountain restaurant, atelier I-N-D-J teamed up with CTHM architects to create ‘fountain flow’.

light is scattered and refracted by 4mm diameter tubing–changing by day and night




the restaurant is located in the heart of xintiandi; set at the rear of a courtyard that sees heavy traffic, it is often overlooked and passed by. the aim of ‘fountain flow’ was to re-energize the area, bringing a renewed visual focus and disruption in an attempt to draw visitors to the complex.

conceived to re-energize and bring renewed focus to the fountain restaurant




thousands of delicate, ethereal stands of light spill from the restaurants upper story towards a large fountain in the courtyard below. 30,000 meters of translucent cord refract and reflect light giving a shimmering impression that cascades across the front façade. the simple, bold installation playfully changes appearance as both natural and artificial light is caught, refracted, and reflected.

a 6.5m meter cantilever acts as support for the cascading cord

this installation changes appearance as light, both natural and artificial, refracts and reflects through it

a double layer of cord gives a moire effect as visitors move past and around the installation



project info:

design: atelier I-N-D-J (ian douglas-jones), CTHM (christopher taylor, harry molyneux, tim hare)
structure: burohappol engineering (rob may, fan ke)
lighting: WSP (jonathan nistor)
local architect: LP design (leo leung, liu yong)
contractor: talent construction (jason guo)



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