Lane 189 is the new project by UNStudio in Putuo, an area in the centre of Shanghai. The building is a new shopping centre that develops vertically, with all the functions needed in a complex of this kind and contains the multiform, fragmented soul of Shanghai.
The design includes elements of "old Shanghai", in a contemporary reality. Ben van Berkel and UNStudio have produced an urban interior . The space has an open layer around a large, central empty space. Each floor has little restaurants and boutiques that alternative with kiosks and rest areas, all of which creates a pleasant layout for visitors.
The iconic façade of the building is based on a hexagonal grid. This network allows the components of the façade to adapt to the changing geometry of the building and to give ever-changing public perspectives. The lower part of the grid components is diamond-shaped and lit by RGB LED to create sparkling visual effects that are monochrome and multi-coloured, transparent and opaque. The architects have placed double-height openings in the façade, nicknamed "urban eyes". These “eyes” have the dual function of being both ‘showcases’ for products and balconies for wide views of the surroundings.
Architects: UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Hannes Pfau
with Severin Ignaz Tuerk, Kyle Ching-Yu Chou, Alexander Schramm, Adriana Rodriguez Ossio
and Caroline Filice Smith, Lukas Allner, Tamim Salah EI Negm, Yuan Duran Zhai, Justin Tao Cheng, Cristina Gimenez, Bloom Shao Kai Hou, Eric Zhu, Yuwei Wang, Mingxuan Xie, Edwin Hang Jiang, Joerg Lonkwitz, Fabian Alejandr Mazzola, Deepak Jawahar, Juergen Heinzel, Praneet Verma, Gordana Jakimovska, Huaiming Liao, Gang Liu and Weihong Dong
Ag LICHT, LEOX Design (lighting)
Location: Shanghai, China
Photos : Eric Jap, Hufton+Crow