Nanchang Wanda Mall
- // 2016
- // Nanchang, China
- // Architecture
The Wanda Plaza Nanchang comprises 160,000sqm of luxury retail and entertainment space spread across three floors. It includes a Cineplex with IMAX cinemas, two storey internal retail street, food and beverage areas, 10,000sqm of supermarket space, and the ‘Jewel of the Pacific’, a 36,000 sqm aquarium and under-sea experience.
The plaza forms part of the wider Wanda Cultural Tourism City in Nanchang, the Capital City of Jiangxi Province, South-Eastern China.
The porcelain concept is inspired by the world famous Chinese blue and white porcelain produced in the local town of Jingde, Jiangxi Province.
The massive volume of the plaza programme is enclosed in large curving forms, with the distinctive shapes of traditional Chinese porcelain evoked around the entrances and corners to help break down the buildings volume into smaller human-scale street frontages. The three dimensional volumes are clad in rows of large brilliant-white porcelain tiles, with every tile in any row on a given volume sharing the same shape to optimize the cost of cladding the 125,500sqm of curving façade.