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Shanghai | China
Cuckoo House is a permanent interior intervention designed to beautify an atrium in a new kids’ commercial space located in the New Bund, the emerging international business center in Pudong (Shanghai), with the aim of fostering entertainment & social interactions among kids.
The mission was to create a visual link between the 2 floors dedicated to kids’ entertainment and kids-related shops, through the atrium that connects both floors.
A playful & habitable landmark object arranged in a vertical way, as a tower of cuckoo houses stacked on top of each other.
Taking advantage of the only column that goes from bottom to top through the atrium, the design strategy consisted on dressing it with a system of houses structurally anchored to the column itself.
A simple yet effective beautification exercise crowned on the top house with the cuckoo bird that comes out every hour to indicate the time and entertain the kids.
A vivid and vibrant color palette was carefully selected to make the installation striking and eye-catching to all visitors who approach the kids’ atrium, boosting its visibility from all the angles.
Project Name: Cuckoo House
Design: 100architects (Shanghai)
Design Team: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Mónica Páez, Lara Broglio, Gong Xun, Marie Anseaume, Cosima Jiang.
Client: Tishman Speyer Properties
Area: 15 m high
Completion: October 2019
Location: Shanghai, China
Photographer: Amey Kandalgaonkar
A playful & habitable landmark object arranged in a vertical way, as a tower of cuckoo houses stacked on top of each other. The houses at the bottom offer instant functions and games for kids.
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