koichi takada's solar trees marketplace opens its doors in shanghai

koichi takada's solar trees marketplace opens its doors in shanghai

koichi takada unveils solar trees marketplace in Shanghai

 

The long-awaited Solar Trees Marketplace, a futuristic creation by Koichi Takada Architects has recently opened its doors on the outskirts of Shanghai, China, and stands as a visual reminder of a greener and more sustainable future. Positioned on a site that used to be a dense forest just a few decades ago, the project is an initiative to reintroduce green spaces into this rapidly expanding city, drawing inspiration from the area’s historical past. The first phase of the retail space is now open and serves as a sales and display suite for an adjacent 155,000 square meters residential development, also designed by Koichi Takada Architects. The tree-like organic structure emerges with a biophilic architecture and acts as a welcoming entrance to the masterplan, emphasizing a pedestrian-friendly environment and green spaces within the urban setting. Thirty-two architectural ‘trees,’ inspired by Shanghai’s forests, form a protective canopy of photovoltaic cells, and similar to real trees, they offer shelter and shade while allowing fresh air to circulate through the spaces.

solar trees shelter koichi takada's marketplace in shanghai
image by ZY Architectural Photography, unless stated otherwise

 

 

A Biophilic design that adjusts to people’s changing needs

 

The architects aimed to create a building capable of adapting and evolving over time. As new residents move into the neighborhood, the structure will transform into a dynamic hub designed to meet the changing needs of the community. This transformation, aligned with the vision of Koichi Takada Architects and the developers, aims to revive traditional Chinese marketplaces in a contemporary manner. The smooth transition between functions is a critical aspect of this design, showcasing the innovative potential of flexible and forward-thinking architecture. Over time, the structure will integrate with a row of native Camphor trees planted outside the marketplace, creating a serene oasis amid the urban surroundings. By merging natural elements with earthy colors, the project embodies the concept of biophilic architecture, which aims to establish a stronger connection between people and nature.

solar trees shelter koichi takada's marketplace in shanghai
a visual reminder for a greener future 

 

Moreover, the team focused on carefully controlling light and shade, enhancing aesthetics and practicality. Shading provides a respite from the sun, while natural ventilation reduces the reliance on artificial lighting and cooling, making the visitor’s experience more comfortable. Koichi Takada expressed his team’s surprise upon discovering that the site was filled with trees just a few decades ago. ‘We were shocked to learn that this site was covered in trees as recently as 1984. Our design seeks to start conversations around what can be achieved through design and create a living, breathing environment that inspires, nurtures, and adapts to the needs of both residents and the community.’  The project employs biophilic design principles and sustainable innovation, demonstrating the potential of architecture to bring nature back into our urban spaces. ‘I believe Nature holds the answers – and Architecture can start the conversation.’

solar trees shelter koichi takada's marketplace in shanghai
the organic tree-like building takes inspiration from the region’s past

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introducing a biophilic design for humanizing architecture, establishing a strong connection between humans and nature

solar trees shelter koichi takada's marketplace in shanghai
image by Eiichi Kano

koichi takada's solar trees marketplace opens its doors in shanghai
the Solar Trees Marketplace combines natural beauty with the well-being effects of nature, image by Eiichi Kano

koichi takada's solar trees marketplace opens its doors in shanghai
image by Eiichi Kano

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the project’s aim is to transform into a vibrant marketplace and merge with native trees to create a serene, natural oasis

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the artificial trees provide shelter and shade while letting fresh air flow through spaces
the artificial trees provide shelter and shade while letting fresh air flow through spaces
the project aims to turn a highly polluted, congested urban area into a healthier, sustainable place to live
the project aims to turn a highly polluted, congested urban area into a healthier, sustainable place to live
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image by Eiichi Kano
image by Eiichi Kano
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project info:

 

name: Solar Trees Marketplace
architecture: Koichi Takada Architects | @koichitakadaarchitects

clients: Tian An China
location: Shanghai, China
site area: 3,770 sqm
GFA: 3,450 sqm

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