100 Architects has transformed a sunken plaza in Minhang, China, from a disused space into a bold and vibrant hub.
Besides serving as an access to the commercial and office buildings, the sunken plaza is also an open-air semipublic space fully open to the public throughout the day. The transformation encourages social interactions, entertainment and a fun immersive experience.
The project was conceptualised as if 100 Architects had buried a seed in a colorless ground unleashing a colorful blooming explosion of life, gigantic flowers and entertainment features triggering the occurrence of this wonderful blooming garden.
In order to bring the sunken plaza to life, 100 Architects colonised all the basement floor with a circle-packing Colorscape, mimicking colorful flower buds perceived from top view, which is the way 100 Architects figured most of the visitors would get a first glance at the sunken space as they access from the surface. Many of those circles feature interactive games, graphics and messages in them, encouraging a functional and eventful activation of the floor and the space.
100 Architects visualised an immersive experience. With the aim of enhancing the whole garden experience and immerse visitors in it, three oversized flowers sprout up from the ground, serving as playful and resting platforms under comfortable shadows, for kids and adults alike.
Seating features were designed as little colorful sprouts, while the main playful feature is rendered as a meandering flower stem than bends to allocate swings and passages. Nearby the flowers, and guarded by four colorful columns, lies a mini-amphitheater for kids to meet, socialise and play around it.
As a result, the revamped sunken space has been transformed into an attractor and a destination for a diverse group of users targeting families and youngsters. Commercially specking it has increased importantly the flow of people helping to ensure the success of the commercial scheme in which is immersed.
Via Arch Daily | Images courtesy of Rex Zou