Shopping mall as a playground!

'Play Stack' is a kid’s themed mall thought of as piled up boxes containing playful elements. Terraced volumes, connecting staircases and a large roof deck are threaded into a continuous exterior path which will be leading to surprising discoveries. Designed by CLOU, the 31,000 sqm recreational retail space in the city of Shenyang is scheduled to open in October of 2018.

The building is part of the third phase of a master plan for an up-and-coming area in southwest Shenyang.

CLOU’s design organizes the program into three characteristic spatial elements referred to as ‘playscape’ retail, interactive circulation, and activity terrace. Traditional retail at the first three levels terraces on the north side facing the adjacent plaza, creating a continuous flow of activities from the ground up. Stairs and ramps carve the building into a playful ensemble, turning the exterior passage into a ‘playscape’. Flexible in its use, a large scale roof platform will be host to a variety of seasonal events.

The interior design uses abstract imagery of planets and space travel to encourage exploration. The design of the atrium space plays with optical by projecting parts of circular shapes on atrium galleries, walls and ceilings, easily recognizable through colour and timber finishes. The scattered shapes form perfect circles from specific viewpoints. Customers are engaged in discovering these viewpoints and capturing their experience on camera.

Within the restrooms stripes of black and red abound. Infinitely repeating in mirrors they evoke cinematic depictions of travelling at light speed.
The design seeks to expand the potential of retail space by turning routine activities into playful experiences for kids and adults alike; demonstrating the commitment of the project to engage with the local community.


‘叠叠乐‘是一个由一系列充满趣味性彩色玻璃盒子组成的儿童主题商场。不同的平台空间,接连的楼梯以及一个大型的屋顶平台共同贯穿为一个连续的室外‘玩耍景观‘路径。这个由CLOU设计,位于沈阳,占地31, 000平方米的娱乐零售空间正处于施工建设过程中,预计于2018年开业。







Play Stack Shenyang