Kunshan 9 Square

First Large-Scale Integrated Retail and Lifestyle Complex for Kunshan.

“Kunshan 9 Square” is the first large-scale integrated retail and lifestyle complex in the key shopping district of Kunshan, offering retail, F&B, leisure and entertainment destinations for shoppers.

With over 110,000 square meter GFA across five floors and a basement level, the 9 Square shopping centre forms part of CATIC’s landmark commercial complex, along with the Crowne Plaza Hotel, residential community and grade A office space.

The shopping centre offers approximately 200 retail stores including global fashion brands H&M, Gap, Häagen-Dazs, Muji, Nike, New Balance, Starbucks and Toys “R” Us along with a cinema, a gaming centre and over 3,000 square meter of branded supermarket at the basement and Kunshan’s first kidland.

The concept behind the design of the mall was to design it from the inside out, resolving the architectural restrictions such as relatively small atrium voids with large leasing volumes turning limitations into advantages.  An architectural design approach was applied to express these voids with an illusion that creates visually larger void spaces by introducing an extra step-up layer that consists of perforated panels with lighting.  At the same time, it permits better cross-level sightline and visibilities, which are crucial when designing retail shopping malls.

Process.

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Inside out concept

The concept behind the design of the mall was to design it from the inside out, according to Hong Kong Principal Christopher Lye, resolving the architectural restrictions such as relatively small atrium voids with large leasing volumes turning limitations into advantages. 

“An architectural design approach was applied to express these voids with an illusion that creates visually larger void spaces by introducing an extra step-up layer that consists of perforated panels with lighting effects. At the same time, it permits better cross-level sightline and visibilities, which are crucial when designing retail shopping malls,” said Lye.

Details.

Client

CATIC Group

Address

Kunshan, China

Area

110,000 sqm GFA

Status

Completed

Completion Date

2015

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