Dongfeng City Center by Amphibianarc

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Dongfeng City Center is an exceptional design of a shopping mall with a vertical water canal presented by Amphibianarc.

The Dongfeng City Center project is located in the up-most residential district of Northwest Zhengzhou, the project constitutes a radical interpretation of shopping mall, setting a precedent in the region for contemporary urban development.

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This 350,000 SQ.M. building covers nine levels of retail and family entertainments, an elevated fountain plaza, an indoor canal, numerous theme restaurants, one hotel tower, highlighted by an iconic LED canopy stretching across the top of the entire complex.

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The architect’s design in the Dongfeng City Center project draws a vision from Classical Chinese Treasure Bowl Cornucopia, which is a special vessel symbolizing auspiciousness and happiness. It has set out to create a vibrant yet intimate “urban container”, a public setting that embraces all kinds of social activities, generates immersive experience–a celebration of cultural and geographic openness and diversity. The overall result is an interconnected community grounded in tradition but poised for the future.

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With the aim to enhance the multiplicity of the project design, a marvelous Family Entertainment Center(FEC) concept embedded into the mall’s overall design: A family oriented indoor entertainment complex that will be geared toward all age groups. Combined with customized and branded retail and restaurants, this spot will serve as a destination for families in the future.

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The interior landscape is another feature of the Dongfeng City shopping mall design. Zhengzhou is among the country’s top 10 most-polluted cities. The aim is to raise the citizen’s awareness on environmental protection and aid in the creation of a micro-climate for visitors, the designers adopted both horizontal and vertical greening into the building.

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The roof garden, together with visible indoor green spaces to the street level pedestrians, proposes a new alternative for enhancing the condition of the urban environment, while maximizing the artificial landscape efficiency. 

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The fountain plaza and canal on the 5th level, together with a vertical aquarium in Dongfeng City Center, introduces the element of water, as an emblem of life into the Dongfeng City . The towered plaza, functions as an intimate gathering place, that will be the largest of its type in China.

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Public audience can experience the water promenade through a gondola tour along the canal or take a breathtaking ride in the glass elevator through the aquarium. Various theme restaurants are scattered around the theme of water. All of which create an unprecedented experiences for local citizens of Zhengzhou, a northern city with dry climate, giving the Dongfeng City shopping mall the highest degree of originality. 

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Once built, Dongfeng City shopping mall will be a spirited and a viable motto giving the city a new era in this life.

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Project info:

Architects: AMPHIBIANARC
Location: Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Area: 350,000 SQ.M.
Year: 2014

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