5+design has published their proposal for the planned expansion of the China World Trade Center in Beijing.
The team, which is still in expansion, would like to update and extend the retail facilities currently at the Center and transform the use of the building.
The addition of these “architectural opportunities” for retail will represent a new anchor point for the area by concentrating all of the city’s consumers.
They are also transforming an existing area of the mall into an area for high-end retailers, adding an element of exclusivity to the center.
Many of the existing retailers in the mall have strongly advocated for this architectural “transformation” in order to enhance the potential of the shopping experience thanks to the use of a state-of-the-art design “language”.
A system of interlacing layered glass with translucent/transparent segments has been designed for the external façades.
Contrasting this, the façade of the office spaces uses materials found in surrounding buildings, fitting in with the cityscape.
The new element proposed by 5+design is a linked design that should bring the existing mall out from underground and onto street level.
A series of “buildings” are connected through modern architectural forms, constructed with sustainable materials, and equipped with zero-impact lighting systems.
In addition to the architectural moves, 5+design has proposed a streetscape plan, adding outdoor areas to the paths that link the retail elements together, styling a true architectural intertwining between the street and shopping center.