A 4 stories gigantic dome in the heart of shanghai. It creates an amazing space to get inside, enjoy the views, slide down, swim the ball pit and more.
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The Snow Globe is a public space intervention on the renowned award-winning Retail Street of Shanghai Xintiandi, in downtown Shanghai, as central piece of their Christmas 2017 campaign, and also part of festival Lumières Shanghai 2017.
It was designed to foster social interactions, attract customers and enhance the Christmas experience in the public realm.
China Xintiandi, a subsidiary of Shui On Land, is an investor, operator and manager of premium commercial properties in the Chinese Mainland, nurturing vibrant communities and commercially thriving districts built around the idea of ‘live, work and play’.
China Xintiandi pursues the mission of ‘bring places to life, and life to places’ throughout their real estate developments, creating landmarks not only for shopping, entertaining, leisure and lifestyle, but also for art display.
The installation should be themed within the Christmas spirit beyond any typical Christmas Tree-type decorative installation, calling the attention of not only kids but adults alike, to use it and experience it rather than just passing by and observing it.
Our proposal arose from the idea of creating a “space” rather than an “object”, from the intention of creating something that surrounds people, instead of something to be surrounded by people, offering an immersive experience in which the visitor would be part of the installation’s narrative.
That’s how the giant Snow Globe was conceived, a 12 m. diameter geodesic dome performed by a stainless steel structure covered with transparent acrylic panels to enclose the space and give the feeling of a glass snow globe.
The 3-meter-tall base incorporates 2 staircases to access to the interior of the globe on the 2nd floor, and also hosts a playful ball pit where visitors land when sliding down the spiral slide that goes down from the 2nd floor.
It is an inhabitable architectural object inserted on top of an existing urban environment, but alienated from its surroundings.
This architectural object intervenes in the space by touching the ground and acting as an accessible and multifunctional platform, allowing people to stand on top of it and interact directly.
The main objective of this conceptual prototype is to trigger a massive public interest to the place, encouraging the rise of high public affluence, becoming a remarkable virtual landmark that attracts customers and cultivates important human dynamics and commercial activity.