A dome that illuminates time and space, city and nature.
Ruihong Xintiandi Sun Palace is located in the life center and commercial gathering point of Ruihong New Town, a large-scale community in Shanghai, and has multiple functions such as office and public hub. This 180,000-square-meter commercial center not only has design highlights such as the largest daylighting canopy dome in the history of Shanghai shopping malls and a three-story super atrium space, but also a breakthrough in setting up dining-themed blocks and markets in the mall 5th to the 7th floor has created a unique ecological and innovative urban complex, which is another successful practice of ARQ Architects’ exploration of new business models.
It is connected with the already opened Ruihong Xintiandi Moon Bay, forming an indoor and outdoor overall project of nearly 250,000 square meters, from the moonlight terrace sports space to the night market along the street on Tianbao Road and Ruihong Road, which is to create a full-dimensional inclusive urban life energy station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
| 以商业航母串联起城市综合体 |
Connecting Urban Complexes with Commercial Center
After more than 20 years of development, the North Bund in Shanghai has completed the upgrading of the urban space. The influx and gathering of a variety of people has put forward higher requirements for the “vitality” around the North Bund. Hongkou District needs a more high-quality comprehensive Commercial Center to meet a large number of mid-to-high-end life and business consumption demand scenarios. The design of Ruihong Xintiandi Sun Palace fits this rigid need.
The ecological and natural design concept of the Sun Palace is not only repeatedly strengthened indoors, but also reflected in the design of the building’s facade and outdoor space. Since the surrounding buildings are dominated by high-rise residential buildings, since the beginning of the design, ARQ Architects has considered the fifth facade of the building when viewed from a height to the Sun Palace. Therefore, the design of the super atrium not only aims to create a unique spatial experience for the interior space, but also needs to express its symbolism and symbolism in the external presentation.
As another successful practice of ARQ Architects’ exploration of new business models, Sun Palace broke the shackles of the traditional commercial building BIG BOX, integrating time and space, city and nature, theme and consumption, and integrating social life into the business experience.
| 以曲线温柔过渡城市街区 |
Transition Urban Blocks with Gentle Curve
In addition to the spiral curve of the sky curtain, other facades of the Sun Palace building also adopt a curved form. Considering that the building of the Sun Palace is huge, in order to avoid it bringing a sense of oppression to the community and the city, the design uses a soft curve to weaken the collision between the building at each street corner and the city interface, making it show a more friendly and soft Image. The shape of the entire building is convex and concave, and the ribbon-like facade decoration further strengthens this curvilinear shape. The building looks like winding mountains or overlapping terraces from a distance.
The building’s retreat and layer changes not only weaken the building’s sense of volume, but also create a wealth of outdoor terrace space and provide more green facades. In this way, the ecological and natural landscape extends to each floor, and it also forms a connection and echoes with the indoor garden of the super large atrium.
| 以空中村落实现空间内外置换 |
Realize the Replacement of Space Inside and Outside with Villages in the Sky
The entire canopy is a large steel structure with a span of 88 meters—according to the design of the shape, the size, length, and curvature of each curved structure rod are different. Thus it presents three similar but different “lotus leaves”, and the abstract shapes are combined to form a unique rhythm with spiral curves that diverge outward.
The biggest architectural highlight of the Sun Palace, the 5-story dining theme block, is designed as a “village in the sky” to realize the link between the mountains and the city, the delicacy of nature and the attitude of life.
Although it is located on the 5th floor of the Sun Palace, stepping into it seems to be on the first floor of the mall. A huge super atrium, pouring sunlight, block-style shop layout, open public spaces and numerous green plants gives this indoor space a unique experience like an outdoor open-air market.