In the era of big data, electronic products are flooding children's lives. Some studies show that 90% of modern Chinese children's daily life is spent on daily classes and tutorials, while the rest of the time is spent watching TV shows, playing games, and so on. They rarely get in touch with nature on weekdays and experience its pleasures. It is the design mission of this commercial complex in the central part of the old city to apply natural space elements to stimulate children's creativity and imagination in a mall surrounded by the modern city.
This parent-child paradise consists of three levels of space. The old mall has been completed since 1983, and after three renovations and expansions, the internal column and beam conditions have become very complex. The design had to safeguard the artistic aesthetics of the atrium ceiling while considering the damage to the integrity of the space caused by the structural columns of the revolving staircase, as well as addressing the traffic organization of the diverted customers on each floor.
Combining the features of the narrow and high atrium and overly thick and uneven structural column network, the design applies natural elements such as canyon, moon, forest, and beach to transform the negative factors into beneficial conditions that make the space full of imagination.
Wind in the canyon
The column network supporting the atrium is wrapped in fiberglass, forming a visual vertical extension through the change of color rhythm, highlighting the sense of power and penetration of the atrium. The large curved hyperbolic form is like the natural texture of the Gobi that has aged for years, enclosing the atrium with a strange sense of speed and depth. The localized canyon wind tunnel then becomes a viewing window for the atrium to articulate the other floors and enrich the facade. People in the atrium and on the terrace can spontaneously find wonderful compositions through these holes.
Colorful dream of reality version
The colors switch between abstract and realistic, and the children will have their own different understanding and thinking in the collision of realistic natural memory and fantastic colors. The intensity and emotional suggestion generated by the color combination bring rich experience and reflection.
According to the complex characteristics of the space structure, the design adopts the classic oriental scattered perspective and carries out the fusion of visual composition aesthetics. The rich colors correspond with the stainless steel of the top surface and the glass mirror of the elevator, blending the rich layers and oily texture of the oil painting of the near large and far small. The extended podiums on each floor adopt the Chinese scattered perspective to realize the switching of different scenes in each place. It is like a vertical landscape painting, slowly unfolding a realistic colorful dream.
The child who looks up at the stars
The bottom of the revolving staircase creates a galaxy of stars with sharp contours yet infinite emptiness through deep black and ethereal blue starlight. Dynamic LED light beads are like shooting stars across the sky, and the rhythmic direction guides the child to explore higher. With the revolving staircase connected by floors, children can always look up at the 45° perspective to see the continuation of the star river at the other end, thus being guided by curiosity to keep exploring forward. The artificial moon hangs at the highest point of the 20-meter void, a visual feast for the children after they have climbed all the way to the top of the building in pursuit of it. The moon and the auxiliary lighting around it spill the bright natural light all over the scene. As the saying goes, "a hundred feet is the shape, a thousand feet is the order". From the starting point of the first floor up to the top of the building, the whole perspective relationship of the moonlight-covered canyon gradually changes in an orderly manner.
When wandering in the star river, people can change their perspective according to the curvature of the staircase, realizing the dislocation and reorganization of spatial levels, and the form of the star river evolves in a continuous cycle, like the changing of constellations and seasons.
The triangle determines the most stable structure, which also determines the worldview of Pan Xiaobao.
The first perspective, no dead angle design. The atrium space is connected with each floor space. The scenes are borrowed from each other and interdependent, creating an infinite scene that can be composed from any angle in a three-dimensional way.
The second perspective, boundless vision. The natural elements throughout the space are all derived from the natural elements of the universe and the geomorphic elements of plate movement. In the limited space, the imaginative space of infinite visual penetration is extended through the staggered circular staircase, thus satisfying children's original desire for borderless natural exploration.
The third perspective, God's perspective. The design reorganizes the natural cognitive genes established in children's childhood and uses "genetic aesthetics" to guide children's perspectives and concepts, stimulating free imagination and the establishment of their own worldview through colorful, three-dimensional, natural canyon dreams.
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Project Name: Panxiaobao children's playground
Scope of design: interior space
Location: 589 Laodong West Road, Yuhua District, Changsha, Hunan, China
Design Company: SMY Space Interior Design Studio
Design Cycle: October 2020
Completion time: February 10, 2021
Main Materials: FRP, ceramic tile, steel plate, stainless steel, glass, leather
Client Name: Hunan Panzi Culture Technology Co., Ltd.
Photographer: Liao Lu、 Xiao Xiang
Chief Designer: Liang Ningjian
Case Design：SMY New commercial design center