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 ‘play scape’ path. Designed by CLOU, the 31, 000 sqm recreational retail space in the city of Shenyang is scheduled to open in 2018.

CLOU has been commissioned to imagine a retail space with a focus on activities for families and kids. The design combines retail outlets with recreational activities in pursuit of fun and additional value for the retail-complex.

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 design of the interior plays with optical illusions by distributing parts of circular shapes on atrium galleries, walls and ceilings, easily recognizable through colour and timber finishes. The scattered shapes form a three dimensional sphere from specific viewpoints. Through way-finding elements, customers are encouraged to discover these viewpoints which adds novelty to the retail experience.

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