HIDDEN GARDEN

A sunken access plaza inspired in a surreal and colorful blooming garden

HIDDEN GARDEN

10

Aug

2020

Shanghai

Asia/Shanghai

Chinese

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Hidden Garden
Minhang | Shanghai | China
 
Hidden Garden is an exterior renovation of a sunken plaza giving access to a mixed-use complex in Minhang, the suburban district in the South-West of Shanghai.
 
 

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Besides serving as access plaza to the commercial and office buildings, the sunken plaza is also an open-air semipublic space fully open to the public throughout the day.
 
 
Hidden Garden Cheerful| Official Video | Youtube Channel
 


 
This revamp of this almost abandoned sunken plaza had as a main objective turning the grey and obsolete space into an eye-catching, bold and vibrant public space fostering social interactions, entertainment and a fun immersive experience below the surface of buzzy intersection streets in Minhang.
 
 

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The project was conceptualized as if we had buried a seed in a colorless ground unleashing a colorful blooming explosion of life, gigantic flowers and entertainment features triggering the occurrence of this wonderful blooming garden.
 
 

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In order to bring the sunken plaza to life, we colonized all the basement floor with a circle-packing Colorscape, mimicking colorful flower buds perceived from top view, which is the way we figured most of the visitors would get a first glance at the sunken space as they access from the surface.
 
 

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Many of those circles feature interactive games, graphics and messages in them, encouraging a functional and eventful activation of the floor and the space.
 
 

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With the aim of enhancing the whole garden experience and immerse visitors in it, 3 oversized flowers sprout up from the ground, serving as playful and resting platforms under comfortable shadows, for kids and adults alike.
 
 

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Seating features were designed as little colorful sprouts, while the main playful feature is rendered as a meandering flower stem than bends to allocate swings and passages.
 
Nearby the flowers, and guarded by 4 colorful columns, lies a mini-amphitheater for kids to meet, socialize and play around it.
 
 

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As a result, the revamped sunken space has been transformed into an attractor and a destination for a diverse group of users targeting families and youngsters.
 
Commercially specking it has increased importantly the flow of people helping to ensure the success of the commercial scheme in which is immersed.
 
 

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Hidden Garden Mystery| Explanatory Video | Youtube Channel
 


 
Credits
 
PROJECT NAME: Secret Garden
DESIGN: 100 Architects (Shanghai)
DESIGN TEAM: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Lara Broglio, Mónica Páez, Keith Gong, Cosima Jiang, Ponyo Zhao, Elena Michelutti, Ginger Huang
CLIENT: Capitaland
SIZE: 1,280 m2
STATUS: Built
LOCATION: No 6088 Humin road, Minhang district, Shanghai (China)

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Hidden Garden

The project is a complete architectural revamp of the sunken plaza. It is inspired in a surreal and colorful blooming garden with gigantic flowers transforming the space into an immersive experience.

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ARCHITECTURAL REVAMP

It is an intervention inside or in the envelope of an existing structure. It is based on the removal or modification of its parts, and the addition of architectural elements with the purpose of defining new functions and attract new users fostering interactions. It is commonly used to revamp retail, commerce, entertainment areas in privately own public spaces (POPS) of free access.
 
In some cases, it is essentially an interior renovation in an existing building. In some others it is an exterior renovation of its envelope making it accessible and interactive in different ways toward the exterior.


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Big green snakes

Big green snakes

We liked the green shapes a lot. It is a mix between a flower and a snake. Really weird but also really cool. I would like to see more places like this one in Shanghai. The kids just wanna climb it all the time.  

Photo by Foir 小四

Taken at HIDDEN GARDEN

Colors everywhere

Colors everywhere

I love the project but I think it would be even better if the renovation was all over the place. Not  just the entrance plaza. Also I think more seating is necessary. But all in all it is a very impressive space. different from anything I have seen before. I took a picture to those chair balls that I found very funny.  

Photo by Sarah 崔珠克

Taken at HIDDEN GARDEN

Swinging all day long

Swinging all day long

I love how unexpected was this. Very different to what I have seen before. It is so cool that the chairs are flowers and the umbrellas as well. We swing all afternoon and my daughter couldn't get enough.

Photo by Coco 谭鷇晔

Taken at HIDDEN GARDEN

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