Dutch architectural firm UNStudio has completed the design of the Hanjie Wanda Square shopping plaza in Wuhan, China.
Located in the Wuhan Central Culture Centre, the plaza houses international brand stores, boutiques, catering outlets and cinemas.
The architectural firm approached the design of the plaza by combining both contemporary and traditional design elements in one concept.
UNStudio said the concept of ‘synergy of flows’ is key to all of the design components which include the fluid articulation of the building envelope, the programming of the façade lighting and its content design and the interior pattern language which guides customers from the central atria to the upper levels and throughout the facility through connecting corridors.
The interior concept is developed around the north and south atria, creating two atmospheres.
The north atrium is characterised by warm golden and bronze materials, which reflects a cultural, traditional identity.
The south atrium features silver and grey shades with reflective textures, which will reflect the city’s identity and its urban rhythm.
Both atria are topped by skylights with a funnel structure which links the roof and the ground floor.
The façade design is made up of two materials, which include polished stainless steel and patterned glass.
The two materials were crafted into nine differently shaped, but standardised, spheres.
UNStudio said their specific positions in relation to each other recreate the effect of movement and reflection in water, or the sensuous folds of silk fabric.
UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel said reflection, light and pattern are used throughout the Hanjie Wanda Square to create a new world.
"New microcosms and experiences are created for the shopper, similar perhaps to the world of theatre, whereby the retail complex becomes almost a stage or a place of performance and offers a variety of different impressions and experiences to the visitor," van Berkel said.