Completed in 2013已于2013年完工
Thaihot City Plaza in the eastern Chinese city of Fuzhou, lies on a fault line between the traditional grain of small scale alleyways and far larger developments including a series of residential towers.
CLOU saw how the new mall, despite its 100,000 sqm size, could help to mediate this paradigmatic clash between two scales, and demonstrate how a new building can catalyze, contribute to, and even contain elements of its public realm.
Its faceted form conceals its whole volume from any single point, but its two main facades have very different characteristics. One, facing the road, has digital animation which can be taken in at speed, while the other introduces windows and vertical circulation routes to restaurants and cinemas at high level, so creating engagement between the building and people – and people with each other.
This façade and the space in front of it have a 24 hour life, in contrast to the 12 hour day of the mall itself, picking up on the life as well as the scale of the traditional urban grain.
Text by Jeremy Melvin, Architectural Review 2015
撰文Jeremy Melvin，2015 建筑评论