Wutopia Lab受委托在静安嘉里中心的第四层设计了一个KerryOn Living Room。静安嘉里中心是上海乃至全国的商业标杆。业主希望通过这个项目升级商场的服务，为嘉里的访客提供一个可以休息和问讯的场所，周末则通过举办各种亲子活动，化身为孩童们的乐园，增强顾客的黏着度。
Wutopia Lab was invited to design KerryOn Living Room on the 4th floor of JAKC (Jing An Kerry Centre). As the benchmarking of shopping mall in Shanghai and even in the country, JAKC hopes to upgrade retail services through this project, which can provide a rest and consulting place for visitors, and can turn into a children’s paradise by holding various parent-child activities at weekends.
From Customer to Designer
My wife and I live near JAKC. As customers, we are familiar with the mall, and have a lot of experiences. This project provides an opportunity for us to modify and activate the public space through design.
The most iconic symbol representing JAKC is the artistic work like red clouds high in the atrium of the mall. It naturally becomes the first half of an antithesis, to which Wutopia Lab responds with the blue hill-scape under the red clouds.
▼红色云朵下的青绿山水，the blue hill-scape under the red clouds
A New World in Abstract Landscape
▼形态生成过程，form generation process
Wutopia Lab aims to create an abstract natural space in the most commercial place. We integrated traditional aesthetics and modern materials. After defining the basic prototype of “hill” and carefully picking three colours, we create a blue-green hill-scape by perforated aluminium panels in layers.
▼商场里的抽象山水，an abstract landscape in a commercial place
The artistic conception of hills layer upon layer in faintly varied green colour is 3-dimensinally presented in the shopping mall. It seems as if there was light through the landscape, as well as a new world. At the entrance, a meandering path leads to the secluded interior space which is partly hidden and partly visible shaded by the layers of aluminium panels, arousing the curiosity of visitors.
▼入口是一段蜿蜒的曲径，at the entrance, a meandering path leads to the secluded interior space
▼铝板掩映下的内部空间，the interior space shaded by the layers of aluminium panels
The concierge is located at end of the meandering path, where is arranged for children to change shoes and for parents to wait. Turn in from the concierge is an open space which is children’s playground. With freely curved tables, animal-shaped bookshelves and arch lights, a relaxing and lively, abstract and beautiful new world for children is created.
▼从活动区看接待台和换鞋区，view to the concierge and shoes-changing area from the playground
▼活动桌和飞虹造型的拱灯，freely curved tables and arch lights
A Miracle in Everyday Life
Outside the hills is mirror-finished stainless steel like water in which the green hills are reflected. This is a little manifesto, and a little miracle in the commonly seen retail atmosphere of the shop. My wife and I think that the shopping mall boasts mature and exquisite design, but somewhat lacks of some imagination.
▼镜面不锈钢倒映着青绿群山，the green hills are reflected in the mirror-finished stainless steel
The imagination now helps Wutopia Lab create a free and relaxing paradise by means of magical realism in the shopping mall which is filled with practical and urban elite atmosphere. It is for children, as well as for the middle-aged who are trapped in their routine life.
▼商场里的自由乐园， a free and relaxing paradise in the shopping mall
On that day, when I took the escalator upstairs, the blue hill-scape emerged slowly in front of me, and my daughter ran cheerfully there. The blue hill-scape, layer upon layer, vaguely visible, looked like a luxuriant cloud of mist, which glittered suddenly to light up the routine day in our life.
▼层层叠叠，隐隐约约， layer upon layer, vaguely visible
“只有孩子才明白自己在寻找什么，他们是打开未来的钥匙” — 闵而尼
“Only children know what they are looking for, and they are the key to the future.” —Erni Min
Architect: Wutopia Lab
Client: Jing An kerry Centre
Area: 48 sqm
Address: Jing’an District, Shanghai
Principal Architect: Ting Yu, Erni Min
Project Architect: Shuojiong Zhang
Design Team: Chenhao Ni, Jieyu Shi
Design Consultant: ArchUnits
Photographer: CreatAR Images