SOHO TIANSHAN PLAZA, KPF - China
Merging the colors and textures of traditional Shanghai gardens with the modern materiality and form of the city’s Hongqiao district, Tianshan Plaza is a contemporary oasis within the highly trafficked urban region.
The massing of the development is informed by solar analysis that limits verticality to only the southern portion of the site. Traditionally, mixed-use buildings at this scale stack programming within a single tower above a retail podium, but the wider, lower design of Tianshan disrupts this model. The result is a complex, highly interconnected set of buildings that offers attractive, versatile spaces throughout its formally independent structures.
Integrated landscape elements throughout the project provide a range of green spaces from private to communal. A flexible space adjoining the ground level concert hall expands the performance space and can be opened directly to the theatre for events welcoming the greater public. Terraces on the higher levels offer upscale dining experiences and ensure that access to outdoor space is not limited to the central courtyard and lower gardens.
The façade design incorporates a modern, elegant detail of horizontal and vertical expression to correspond to the developments variety of forms and respond to the surrounding architecture. Similar exterior aesthetics subtly associate the related programs within, while the interiors remain structurally and visually unique.