South Lake Recreational Retail Center, Miyi County Building, Sichuan Province Project, Chinese Design Images

South Lake Recreational Retail Center

Development in Miyi County, Sichuan Province, China, design by Studio Shift: Architecture Information

30 Mar 2010

South Lake Recreational Retail Center Building

Location: Miyi County, Sichuan Province, China

Architect: Studio Shift, California

Project Description

Taking advantage of Miyi’s beautiful topography and riverside location is the new South Lake Recreational Retail Center. The Center is positioned to capitalize on the naturally cleansed waters of the South Lake area. Drawn further north from the adjacent river, the water is made suitable for swimming and other water-based activities through a series of engaging and attractive ecologies.

Beginning with the constructed wetlands at the North Lake and continuing through the cleansing, meandering waterway of Central Park, the purified water arrives at the wetland park and wildlife habitat before finally being dispensed into the South Lake. The Center intends to serve the local residents of Miyi and year-round tourists, some of which may be utilizing the conference and boutique hotel facilities on the opposing lake shore.

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Rather than simply establishing an internalized retail complex, the design creates a significant public space with a direct connection to the water and its extensive potential for hosting recreational activities. This reflects the client’s desire that the new masterplan achieve recognition as a destination for relaxation and water-based recreation due to the favorable climate.

The public plaza serves as a connecting element for the three disparate structures of which the largest is the recreational retail store. Immediately adjacent to the retail store is an equipment rental structure where consumers can find short term loans on various watercraft which can be launched directly from the rental facility into a private channel. Marking the terminus of the pier is a small waterside restaurant and cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Evoking the materiality and massing of the mountainous terrain of Miyi, the three buildings are conceptually carved from one solid entity and reconnected through the public plaza. The subtractive operations highlight views through the Center framing, for instance, Studio Shift’s Landmark Cultural Tower to the north.

The stone-clad facade suggests weight and permanence and utilizes locally-sourced materials. Of particular interest in the retail store is the extensive climbing wall with indoor and outdoor climbing surfaces.

This central space is articulated as a glass-clad void inserted into the solid mass of the structure. Within that void is inserted another faceted, conical void that facilitates the outdoor climbing surfaces. The intersection or nesting of those two spaces creates a unique sectional quality that is experienced as the entry condition for the store and the peripheral condition of the interior circulation system.

The south-facing plaza maximizes sun exposure as it extends outward, its edge disintegrating into the water as a series of steps enabling residents and tourists to immerse their feet in the refreshing and naturally cleansed waters of the South Lake. It is here where the descending plaza stairs meet a gradually submerged plane, providing the critical, yet casual transition from land to water-based activity.

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South Lake Recreational Retail Center – Building Information

Project Name: South Lake Recreational Retail Center
Project Location: Miyi County, Sichuan Province, China
Year: 2009-current
Phase: Completion of Concept Design Phase
Anticipated Date of Completion: Winter 2012

Architect: Studio Shift, Culver City, California, USA
Project Team: Mario Cipresso (Principal), Marisol Mejia, Stephen Morton, Andrew Kim

Studio Shift
Studio Shift is a multidisciplinary architecture and design practice whose ethos derives from a commitment to progressive design and methodology, education and a belief that architecture can enhance individual and collective experience and quality of life. Established in 2004, the Culver City, California based firm evolved from a strong design sensibility and interest in contemporary culture, architecture, and the urban environment provide the foundation for the work.

Consulting Landscape Architect: SWA Group, Los Angeles
Project Team: Gerdo Aquino, Ying Yu Hung, Dawn Dyer

South Lake Recreational Retail Center images / information from Studio Shift

Location: Miyi County, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China

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