Wuhan, China will soon receive its first lifestyle with the creation of a new mixed-use project designed by Los Angeles based firm, 5+design. It diffuses inside with outside, mixing nature and urban life together, a central theme that runs throughout the project’s retail, residential and office uses.
Angled to soften their urban presence, the project’s modern residential towers run parallel to Zhong Shan Rd, and punctuate finger parks that stretch from the project’s green space to the riverfront.
At the top of the retail podium, an urban farm dawns the rooftop providing education on sustainability and organic gardening opportunities for the surrounding community.
To ensure the retail podium maintains a human scale, 5+design has shifted back each of the mall’s four levels. Climbing terraces atop every level of the mall allow for complete engagement and maximum accessibility from all directions.
“The project is designed to engage and interact with the entire community,” said 5+design Design Principal, Arthur Benedetti. “The project creates a lifestyle center focusing on social engagement for the entire master plan and becomes the community's family room.”
A retail bridge connects the project between two separate parcels and on top of the bridge, 5+design created a new restaurant and entertainment village that is reminiscent of the nearby Wuhan Tiandi.