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Shanghai

The Puzzle Maze

A playground for kids and adults alike

The Puzzle Maze

12

Feb

2018

Shanghai

Asia/Shanghai

Chinese

Population: 22 Million30 million in 2025

GDP: 251 1,1 billion in 2025

BigMac: 2 us dollars

Puzzle Maze
Life Hub | Daning Lu | Shanghai, China
 
It is a gigantic puzzle designed as a beautiful walkable urban object to experience from inside. It is at the same time game and an urban object openly used.
 
 
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Puzzle Mazze


 
The Puzzle Maze is a public space intervention designed to foster interactions, attract customers and enhance the experience in the privately-owned public space within an open-air Retail Street.
 
 


 
Life Hub @ Daning, a 250,000 sqm mixed use development with 110,000 sqm shopping mall, is one of the hottest shopping centers in Shanghai, due to its condition of open-air retail street.
 
 

photo by © Amey Kandalgaonkar


 
From the very beginning the marketing team of Life Hub @ Daning insisted on creating an INNOVATIVE kids’ playground.
 
 

photo by © Amey Kandalgaonkar


 
Something unexpected beyond any typical playground. An intervention that, by itself, would turn one of their most dead pedestrian streets with poor pedestrian circulation into an attractive and busy “SPACE”,
 
 

photo by © Amey Kandalgaonkar


 
where their customers could bring their kids and families and spend some quality time interacting with other kids and families, as well as reactivating the pedestrian circulation at that spot.
 
 

photo by © Amey Kandalgaonkar


 
The pedestrian street to intervene was too narrow to be able to host any kind of activity involving kids while respecting the free & comfortable circulation of pedestrians.
 
 

photo by © Amey Kandalgaonkar


 
Therefore, we decided to create a vertical playground, liberating space on the ground level to allow proper circulation along the corridor.
 
 

photo by © Amey Kandalgaonkar


 
The resulting proposal was a vertical maze, in which the horizontal slabs would act as a ladder system helping kids to climb up & down.
 
 

photo by © Amey Kandalgaonkar


 
Project name: Puzzle Maze
Designer: 100architects
Design team: Marcial Jesus, Javier Gonzalez, Eunice Tsa
Client: Life Hub @ Daning, (Chongbang Group)
Location: Daning Road, Jin’An District, Shanghai, China
Built area: 228 m2
Height: 6 mts
Completion: June 2017
Photographer: Amey Kandalgaonkar
 
 

photo by © Amey Kandalgaonkar


 

photo by © Amey Kandalgaonkar


 

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Puzzle Maze

It is a gigantic puzzle designed as a beautiful walkable urban object to experience from inside. It is at the same time game and an urban object openly used.

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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.


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