Perspective takes a look at the award-winning Shanghai Lujiazui Gala Mall, by Hong Kong-based Jato Design
Located in Pudong's Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone, the waterfront-situated Shanghai Lujiazui Gala Mall is designed as an 'urban springboard', connecting Lujiazui Harbour City (Phase 1) with other development projects on the site. Making the most of the scenery of the Huangpu River and its green belt, and with a gross floor area of 847,300sqm and an underground area of 520,000sqm, and it is set to become a landmark. Gala Bay was formerly the site of Shanghai Shipyard dating back to the 1860s, and the area is rich in maritime history.
Gala Mall at Lujiazui, located within the Finance and Trade Zone in Pudong, Shanghai, also the intersection points of the city and the waterfront, opened on the December of 2017 is now served as a new landmark that serves to embrace the scene of Huangpu River and the green belt of the river side.
With a modern industrial style, the space forms a distinct contrast with the surrounding office buildings of the Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone
With a vast area of approximately 70,000sqm, the mall's interior design takes shipping and seafaring as its theme. Defying the rigid stereotypes of shopping-mall design, the maritime atmosphere adds a dynamic and adventurous mood, inviting visitors to embark on an imaginary sea voyage while enjoying the delights of shopping. From the entrance and the main atrium to the sunroof, elevator hall and even restroom areas, it offers visitors various takes themed around sea travel.
Stainless steel and aluminium plates speak to shipbuilding, while the use of wood adds a dash of warmth
With a modern industrial style, the space forms a distinct contrast with the surrounding office buildings of the Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone. With grey as its main tone, there are also elements of black and red. Glossy stainless steel and aluminium plates speak to shipbuilding, while the use of wood adds a dash of warmth. The five link bridges in the main atrium set the focal point of the area with the bottom of the bridge presenting a scene as the sunlight shines on the sea.
The elevator buttons are modelled on ship rudders and the lift cars have doors similar to those on a ship's cabin. The mall represents an experiential shopping approach, providing a leisure space for office people from the neighbouring financial zone to have a pleasurable time for shopping and dining.
Even with one of the biggest challenge to accommodate two office towers within such a small podium, JATO Design has utilised their well planning experiences to overcome the technical constraints by ensuring smooth flow of circulation through a unique cruise experiential shopping approach and seamless connections between different levels.
Pairs of escalator have been stacked up and alined with each other like a flowing river, providing a very strong multi-level network. Both sides of escalator covered with transparent materials and indirect lights, showcasing the wonder of machinery and creating a very power design statements.
Photos: Virgile Simon Bertrand
Location: No.66 Yincheng Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China
Date of completion: December 23 2017
Client: CITIC Pacific Limited
Project leader: Frank Jiang
Design team: Kali Chan, Isaac Ho, Ivan Woo, Eileen Kwok, Phoebe Huang, Tackey Poon
Partners / main contractor: J&A Guangzhou Pearl River Decoration Engineering Company Limited