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Leonardo Micolta Diaz

Leonardo Micolta Diaz

Hacienda Heights, CA, US

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Thaihot Fuzhou
Thaihot Fuzhou

Thaihot Fuzhou

Fuzhou is a developing city in southern China. With many projects being constructed at unimaginable speeds, many designs take a wrong turn. The Thaihot Development group had begun work on the construction of a mix-use project, containing office and residential towers in the background, and a freestanding retail mall at the foreground.  A pedestrian alley allocated between the two volumes is outlined with sellable retail units to create a 24H dynamic environment. However, Thaihot was not content with the local architect’s design of the podium mall.  SPARCH was approached to propose an alternative vision for the design of the podium. The design takes foundation in the interplay of an indoor-outdoor shopping experience. The podium was re-programed to create 24H accessible terraces that allow certain programs of the mall to continue to operate after hours. The pedestrian environment was reshaped to create a more dynamic experience. Outdoor escalators connect the terraces to the back alley, hence creating two distinct circulation loops, the interior 12H circulation and the exterior 24H route. Conceptually, the form of the mall was conceived as a precious jeweled that is broken to spill its contents and activate the surroundings. Ideally, the project will become a destination in a place that is yet to have any. It will provide a lively urban space and access to world of commodities.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Fuzhou, CN
My Role: Architect
Additional Credits: SPARK