OCTOPUS KINGDOM

An immersive and magical experience inspired by marine animals.

OCTOPUS KINGDOM

28

May

2021

Shenzhen

Octopus Kingdom
Shenzhen | China
 
Octopus Kingdom is a new example of eye-catching urban playscape designed by 100architects on the rooftop of Gateaway One, a newly built shopping mall in Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China. It is a hyper-stimulating urban toy for Nanshan District and for all the visitors of the mall, a colorful intervention that acts as an urban attractor, calling the attention by standing out from its urban surrounding environment.
 
 
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The playscape resembles a small village of sand castles on the seaside, and a gigantic Octopus emerging from the sea and approaching curiously the shore of this paradisiac beach, mesmerized by those colorful sand castles.
 
 

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The 7-meters-high Octopus head, arises as the main IP play object visible from all the surrounding buildings, while its 8 wavy & meandering tentacles are playful courses of challenging activities and obstacles at the ground level, helping children to develop their physical abilities and cognitive skills while learning through play.
 
 

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The 9 colorful sand castles on the beach create a “Play Route” which children can travel crossing from castle to castle, discovering new play opportunities in each of them.
 
 

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The colorful floor, solved with EPDM to absorb impacts while playing, renders a beach, by using different shades of yellow to represent the sand, and different shades of blue to represent the sea.
 
 

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Besides the main Octopus and the sand castles, the playscape is equipped with several sitting features, like the amphitheater for gathering, or stools & tables under a group of marine canopies for adults to rest while kids have fun.
 
 

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The decorative lighting strategy seeking to achieve an impressive night effect, highlights the most recognizable profiles of the project, that is all the edges of the Octopus head, the edges of the sand castles and the edges of the amphitheater. Sparkling dots of light are embedded into the floor for a magical environmental effect, while custom-made algae-shaped lamps are implemented in the perimeter for a holistic and immersive marine experience.
 
 

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Credits
 
PROJECT NAME: Octopus Kingdom
DESIGN: 100 Architects (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
DESIGN TEAM: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Mónica Páez, Lara Broglio, Keith Gong, Cosima Jiang, Ponyo Zhao, Elena Michelutti, Hayley Huang, Jango Zhang & Yuntong Liu.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM: Jenny Fan, Nicholas Lv & Eva Jiang.
CLIENT: Shenzhen Merchants Real Estate
SIZE: 750 m2
STATUS: Built
LOCATION: Shenzhen (China)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Rex Zou
VIDEOGRAPHY: Lalo Lopez

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Envelope Intervention

What is an envelope intervention?
It is the type of intervention that takes place in one or several facades of a building, related to the altering of its exterior appearance or function, whether vertical facades or the rooftop, by adding or installing new alienated elements to its existing external envelope.
 
This typology has an immediate impact on the perception of buildings within the cityscape, and therefore a larger impact on the city than interior interventions. However, similarly to the interior interventions, the procedure also responds to a surgical or parasitic intervention, in this case revamping the external attributes of the building, changing completely the way it is perceived and used by citizens and passersby.
 
This tactical intervention is based on the colonization of the existing external surfaces of a building by coating or covering them or even by inserting alien objects, placed on top of them, providing aesthetical and programmatic benefits that can enhance the appearance, in the case of vertical facades, and even the functionality of the envelope, in the case of rooftops.


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What a great playground!

What a great playground!

This park is the greatest with a wide variety of play equipment you won't find at other parks. It is awesome. My daughter loved it.

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Fun Fun Fun!  My kids had a blast!

Fun Fun Fun! My kids had a blast!

Great place, great vibes, great energy of people having fun!!! I'll be coming back again, again, and again!!!

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