Site: Changyang, Beijing, China
Area: 180.000 m2
Status: Built 2014
Future Changyang outlet is coherent and rich with a wealth of individual experiences that surprise and caught the visitors. Changyang outlet, were the shopping and surrounding landscape brings an extra positive and interesting dimension.
The main concept is to work with an island theme with changing sceneries and were different kinds of energy flows. Water, forest and action zones are the prime scenarios of change within the outlet area. These themes will all be reflected in the interior of the shopping centre and create an interesting connection between inside and outside.
The area will operate as a unified area with various sub-areas inside and outside the outlet. Here, life takes place through common activities, individual absorption and interaction between people. The area stretches its way into the connecting main street of the outlet centre. With its unique location of different themes that creates attraction for its visitors. It should be a unique experience that you don’t find in other outlets because it plays with visitors senses.
Each sub-area has its own, individual characteristics, just as a human brain with its folded nerve system and concentrated areas that registers and communicates each single sense of perception. The movement between these different atmo¬spheres and stimulations of the senses – such as sounds, scents, material mix-tures, physical activities etc.- is the fundamental vitality for the proposal.
Central to the experience of the proposal is the flowing movement of the pavement and space layout through the heart of the outlet centre. In some areas of the outlet area the paths are narrow, in other areas they a zone of luxuriant forest can be inte¬grated with wild plantation. Some areas can have wild honeysuckle and ferns while other areas in the zone along the path consists of a theme of wetlands with trees in a water mirrors. On a late summer’s night you can walk through grass fields and starlight or on an early morning see the mist rising from the water ponds.
The wild character of the different plantations and water increases the bio diversity of the outlet area where all kinds of organisms can thrive; humans, birds and insects. In selected areas you can walk up over the edge to an open common with closely cropped grass that can be used for picnics, sunbathing on the grass or general enjoyment in the cool shade of the various trees, simply take a rest, read the paper or just observe the ever changing life in the Patio. In another part of the Patio there will be a stage area with chairs, tables and benches where concerts or other per¬formances can be held on a permanent stage.
Like this the outlet area becomes a varied space where you can be active and participating but also passive and observing. The area can also be used as a market place, a place to hang out, as a café area or just for general leisure.
An immediate urban environment will be activated and integrated into the outlet area as a bridge to the surroundings and shopping mall.
In the open areas will a water feature be used to infiltrate the rainwater from surfaces and roofs.
The Outlet area is ideal for both adventures and relaxation whether you come to explore the exciting universe of sound and light or just prefer to lie in the soft grass and enjoy the sun and the sizzling life surrounding you. The overall characteristics of the outlet landscape consists of the many different organized spaces that appeal to human senses and contains general qualities that we enjoy in nature: weather change, surprise, heightened awareness of transition and movement etc.
It is important to create spaces were people want to stay in and spaces were people wants to return to, it a crucial factor for the success of the business.