Crystal Pool, China by 100 Architects

A virtual pool with fun features as a playscape

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Crystal Pool is a creative public space intervention designed for the grand opening of a new mixed-use complex located in the New Bund, the emerging international business center in Pudong (Shanghai), with the aim of fostering entertainment & social interactions among new visitors, appealing to kids, youngsters & adults alike.

▼项目概览,project overview


The project comprises the staircase that connects the street level with the public rooftop of the commercial building, and also the landing area on the street level in an attempt to link both levels through an eye-catching intervention which could encourage visitors to use the staircase as a public space as well.

▼楼梯可用作公共空间,the staircase is used as a public space


▼楼梯上洒满了“水滴”,the staircase was sprinkled with “water drops”

The staircase was sprinkled with “water drops”, different typologies of mini-tribunes, carefully designed to provide a range of different seating & lounge positions overlooking the whole central intersection plaza. Those “water drops” would then create a “water puddle” on the bottom landing area, a pool of fun for the younger visitors, containing an obstacle track and a virtual pool with fun features as a playscape.

▼娱乐池包含一个障碍道和一个虚拟游泳池,the water puddle contains an obstacle track and a virtual pool with fun features as a playscape


The resulting intervention is rendered as a playscape on the street level, filled with basic geometrical objects such as bubbles and waves to be colonized by kids, besides shaded seating features for adults, plus a funky staircase, turned from just a circulation space into a space to stay, to rest, to lay down and contemplate the urban enclave.

▼从楼梯望向游乐场,view from the stair

设计团队:Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Lara Broglio, Mónica Páez, Keith Gong, Evgenia Likhachova, Marie Anseaume
客户:Tishman Speyer Properties
摄影师:Amey Kandalgaonkar

Project name: Crystal Pool
Project type: Exterior Intervention
Designer: 100 Architects
Design team: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Lara Broglio, Mónica Páez, Keith Gong, Evgenia Likhachova, Marie Anseaume
Production: Hong Yang Advertising (Shanghai)
Client: Tishman Speyer Properties
Location: Pingjiaqiao Road 36, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Built area: 470 m2
Completion: September 2019
Photographer: Amey Kandalgaonkar

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