LuOne Mixed Use Complex

Shanghai, China, 2018 / Built

Located in the old Luwan district at the heart of Shanghai, the LuOne Mixed Use Complex blends retail gallerias with vibrant street culture and grand glass-enclosed gardens to create an experience-focused public space.

The complex is organized around three gallerias that crisscross the site to form a triangular atrium garden in the center. In the tradition of celebrated botanical gardens, the atrium is enclosed by a grand toroidal dome skylight that springs from a central stem support, set within a tea garden on the third level of the retail galleria.

The skylights above each of the gallerias radiate out from the dome and provide generous amounts of daylight to the lowest level of the project, two floors below the street. Eight levels of retail, restaurants and cinema theaters culminate in a publicly accessible landscaped roof terrace.

The complex is set back from the street edge, forming generously wide, landscaped promenades along Madang and Xujiahui Roads. A two-story bronze colonnade runs the length of each façade and frame the entrances to each of the gallerias. The four-stories above the colonnade are clad in a monumental kinetic art installation by the celebrated American artist Ned Kahn. Hundreds of thousands of anodized metal panels, hung on horizontal rods, sway in response to the wind, and create complex ever-changing patterns.

On the northeast corner of the site, an adjacent 48,900-square meter office tower will overlook the retail galleria. Clad in sandstone colored pre-cast panels that frame floor-to-ceiling windows, recessed to soften the light penetrating the building and provide protection from the sun, the office tower will rise 180 meters in the air.

At the southwest corner of the tower, the pre-cast cladding gives way to an elegant steel structure, which suspends lushly planted “corner gardens” every four stories, creating a series of gardens that “climb” the entirety of the tower.