The rapid development of urban development has made Ji’nan into a new stage, a stage of international participation and international recognition. The new project is located in Ji’nan West plate, should have sufficient foresight, accurately to achieve this challenging standard. To reflect the highest standards of this old and new city, creating a desirable and dynamic business centre.
The building is located in the south of the north ring line highway, north of Meili Road. The south boundary of the site is directly alone the east part of Meili Road, large outlets had been planned to the west of the site. The site itself had been divided into two plots (north and south) by an urban street.
Highthink provides an integrated solution. The building mass on the two plots are designed into one seamless streamlined volume.
The building still consists of two blocks especially the first floor, which are bonded together by giant bridge structures lying on the east and west side. The 3 story high east bridge and 2 story high west bridge are covered with glass curtain wall, which gives a visual effect of light and transparent. While the main building mass are covered by streamline formed metal curtain wall from level 2 to level 4. A inner plaza in the middle of the site has been created by the natural shape of the building layout. The curtain wall gives varies shapes and lighting effect during the night.
平面设计的挑战在于如何将500多间店铺、15万平方米的体量安排到一个简洁流畅的4层商业动线中。基于严格的市场调研和对现有商业业态的分析，在9m x 9m柱网以及9m x 18m的标准店铺的模数下，在南北两区各自形成1条环形商业动线和4排店铺的平面布局，这2条环形商业街通过东西两侧连桥分别在2/3/4层相连，形成了单一商业环线的有机整体。这样的平面布置，在保证商铺面积和数量的同时，最大化的减少了“街”的数量，形成完整流畅的环形商业流线。
The challenge of the floor plan design is to arrange over 500 single shops, as well as 150,000 sqm floor plate into a fluent and simple 4-story commercial circulation. Base on the column module of 9m x 9m and standard shop module of 9m x 18m, a ring road had been formed through 4 rows of shops in both south and north part of the building. The two rings are connected by the “bridges” on 2/3/4th level, forming a single and organic commercial loop. Such layout, ensures the area and the number of shops at the same time, to maximize the reduction of the number of “street”, the formation of a complete and smooth flow of commercial circulation.
The most important part of the facade is the smooth open metal curtain wall. Outlines the accurate and delicate profile of the architecture through the continuous change of the upper and lower edge and the “fish lateral line” in the middle of the skin. The rising part of the lower edge formed the primary and secondary entrance of the shopping mall. Parametric design makes the optimal balance between the form and an economic structure, and makes the rational optimization of the aluminum plates to be realized. The bridge elevation consists with printed glazing, as well as the glass curtain wall below the metal shell arc, provide commercial display surface to main flow direction. A dynamic and unique image during the night is created by the LED light distribution in the groove of the “fish lateral line” and a random distribution of vertical slits on the metal façade.
Developer: Jinan Haining China Leather City
Architectural Design: Highthink Architects Shanghai Co., Ltd.
Local Design Institute: Shandong Provincial Architectural Design Institute
Façade Construction Consultant: EFC Engineering Consultant
Photographs: Hu Yijie
Total Construction Area: 205000 m²
Planning and Construction period: 03/2014 – 10/2015