Set in the seaport city of Ningbo, China, SunArt Plaza is a landmark mixed-use retail centre with a distinctive gold façade. With environmental sustainability at the heart of the design, the scheme focuses on maximising natural daylight. The interior is simple and legible, with dramatic multi-storey openings flooding the interiors with light and linking the internal environment with the external.
From the outside the building appears to be wrapped in gold cladding, which has been cut away and folded back at certain points. This gives the scheme its distinctive character while also serving a purpose in drawing attention to the building’s entrances and allowing windows where necessary.
Offering 178,000m2 of lettable retail space, the centre comprises a 73,000m2 Auchan hypermarket and 105,000m2 shopping centre as well as a food court and leisure facilities.
Client: Auchan Group
Location: Ningbo, China
Size: 178,000² GLA
Skills: Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Branding