The MixC in Shenyang
A luxurious 7 level retail environment links office, residential, and hotel functions in a dense block that responds to Shenyang’s growing space needs. Originally designed as a multi-phased development, the rapidly escalating rate of change in Shenyang sped up the construction of the initial 3 phases, which are now complete. In total, MixC represents 125,000 SM of retail, a 65,000 SM office tower, 105,000 total SM of residential towers, 24,000 SM of meeting space, and a five-star Grand Hyatt hotel tower.
Texture, color, and unique materiality are combined with advanced lighting technology to make such iconic brands as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes, and Dolce and Gabbana unmistakable, yet perfectly harmonious with the overall design aesthetic, and with each other, to the benefit of all. The simple, sophisticated massing and glazing techniques give prominence to these luxury brands with a minimum of means.
A spatially dramatic prow-shaped winter garden engages the office and hotel towers with the retail mall using a series of multilevel connections: a grand stair and escalator escorts visitors from the office and hotel buildings into the shopping mall; a bridge connects hotel visitors directly to the mall; and entries at both ends of the winter garden ensure easy and intuitive access to the office, hotel, and meeting space from the sidewalk. The winter garden combines abundant natural light and exhilarating scale with a delicate, reflective 200 foot-long sculpture. Finally, the winter garden’s form provides an instantly recognizable icon for the project, one that paradoxically unifies disparate component parts by virtue of its own unique identity.
The rich spatial interaction between these programs ties into the brand identity for the MixC client, which in English, refers to a “mix of elements”.