Located at the prime location of Sichuan North Road in Hongkou District, Shanghai, this project is an addition and alteration of a building comprising an office tower and retail podium. The design provides a new and bold identity to the exterior and interior of both components.
Inspired by the ‘treasure box’ of Qing Dynasty emperors, One Prime employs a lively architectural language and a double-skin fritted glass curtain wall to wrap the retail podium with a jewel-like façade. The façade has over 30,000 LED modules that dramatically transform the retail podium into a highly animated, ever-changing feature at night. The façade partially wraps over the podium roof and turns the rooftop M&E equipment area into a design feature – an elevated garden that screens the services and provides an urban leisure space.