This new mixed-use retail and office complex is in the heart of a port city in southwest China. As part of a redevelopment master plan, the city commissioned the design of a central park and plaza, to be anchored by the Jianianhua building. To counteract the grayness of the region and respond to the intense visual activity of the city center, the building elevates the potential of environmental graphics as civic art form.
Using a standard triad signage system, the building’s entire eight-story retail component becomes a slow-moving choreographed graphic. Enclosing this dynamic billboard behind the glass skin diminishes its commerciality and transforms the architecture.
The client commissioned the first super-graphic to celebrate Chinese New Year and the opening of the park. The scheme – an urban flower box – celebrates the approach of spring and captures the ultimate symbol of good fortune in China: 1000 simultaneously blooming flowers. The concept is visualized through a seemingly infinite combination of abstract pattern and color sequences through the programmed rotation of the individual panels. In two areas, the panels are spaced to allow for views outward from the café and entry stair within.
Lonny Israel, Brad Thomas, Alan Sinclair
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Flack & Kurtz, Inc. (lighting)
Shenzhen Minsure Science & Technology Co., Ltd.