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ID Mall
Hefei, China

Inspired by nature

Broadway Malyan was commissioned to provide Masterplanning and Architectural design services for ID Mall, a retail-led mixed-use project located in the new city area of Hefei, China.

Hefei is the capital city of China’s Anhui Province. Known for its history of agriculture, manufacturing and research, the city is near to Lake Chao and has a number of rivers running through it, including the Nanfei River.

Built on a new site, the mall was designed to respond to its natural context to give it a distinctive sense of identity. Large outdoor spaces provide leisure and social opportunities for visitors and connect the mall to the wider urban area.

Integrated family destination

The project includes a 70,000 sqm shopping mall on five levels, a 15,000 sqm supermarket and a 45,000 sqm office tower incorporating cinema, food court and rooftop restaurant.

The mall is positioned as a leisure and shopping destination for young families, so a vibrant, enticing architectural and landscaping design was important. The mix of uses and tenant profile were also carefully decided with this in mind.

The office tower, which achieved a “Green Star” rating, rises to 150 meters in height and has an impressive 70% area efficiency. The office space has been designed at Grade A standard to attract high-end occupiers.

Atrium and five level escalator space at ID Mall in Hefei, China.

A place of contrasts

Broadway Malyan deliberately adopted two contrasting styles for the office tower and shopping mall, with an angular silhouette and clean lines for the tower and a more fluid approach to the retail block.

The inspiration for the mall was both the site and Hefei’s proximity to water, with the curve of the façade inspired by the ebb and flow of water, as well as the contours of the land.

The texture of the façade maintains this approach, with the curves and surface of Lake Chao providing the inspiration for the materials used, with reflectivity being a key component. This influenced the choice of glazing and the use of coloured metal panels and metal fins to add depth to the design.

For the tower, it was decided to design something contemporary that would evoke the buildings found in international financial districts. This led to a simple, clean design that would be a subtle addition alongside the more colourful retail mall.

Photo showing contrasting styles of office building and retail block at ID Mall in Hefei, China.
External daytime photo of 150 metre high office building, curved retail block and tree lined street landscaping at ID Mall in Hefei, China.
External night photo of 150 metre high office building, curved retail block and street landscaping at ID Mall in Hefei, China.

Making connections

The masterplanning approach to the site carefully considered the relationship of the individual buildings while the original layout was inspired by the historic textures and contours of the site’s agricultural land.

The site is connected to a Metro station and integrated through well-designed public realm and landscaping that highlights the contours of the site and carefully considers the relationships between the different buildings, creating enticing streets to draw people into the area. The trees and seasonal plantings used were selected to evoke the picturesque mountainous landscape to the west of Hefei.

“"It is positioned as a leisure and shopping destination for young families, and the mix of uses and design was carefully thought out to ensure that they all complemented each other."”
Sean Li, director, Broadway Malyan

Positive future

ID Mall is one of the first projects to be completed in the BinHu development zone. It is hoped that it will be the catalyst for future development and there are already signs of success, attracting a number of international brands to the scheme and achieving a high level of footfall.

It has also been recognised for an award, receiving the Gold Prize at the MIPIM Asia Award 2017 for Best Mixed Use Development.

Ceiling lighting at retail destination ID Mall, inspired by the contours of the land around Hefei, China.

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