The Lefo Mall Shopping Centre, designed by Broadway Malyan, has opened its doors to the public in Suzhou, in Jiangsu Province Eastern China.
The design for the 65,000m2 destination mall, located at the heart of Suzhou’s new Wuzhong Central Business District, was delivered for client Suzhou Zhongrun Real Estate Ltd, part of Zhongrun Resources Investment Corporation. It targets young and design-conscious customers.
Broadway Malyan provided concept design through to site services, including interior and landscape architecture and branding/environmental graphics design.
The design was led by the practice’s Shanghai-based team, drawing on retail and retail branding expertise of its teams in Europe and Singapore.
The design takes inspiration from the city’s canals, bridges and gardens, which have lent Suzhou the nickname as the ‘Venice of the East’. Natural elements such as water shape the design, with the feeling of ripples and pools flowing through the space and the inclusion of curved balustrade details.
Primary void spaces are designed with organic forms to soften and bring identity to key spaces. Bridges and pools have been designed within the floorscape to create seating areas, while bespoke furniture has been constructed from natural local materials. The landscape design reinforces the concept by using the existing canal edge and including new water features, land bridges, bench seating and planting areas.
The wide scope of the practice’s brief reflects an increasing trend in the procurement of design services in China in the support of brand-led retail design, resulting in a consistent design narrative from concept to completion.
Suzhou is a city of 2.4 million people, located adjacent to the Shanghai Municipality on the old Imperial Canal and lower Yangtze River.
Over the past year, Broadway Malyan has reported a number of project successes in China including the completion of the design for the Kanas Lake Performance Theatre, the opening of the La Nova shopping centre in Hunan Province, as well as new appointments to design a global R&D centre and complete a strategic planning review of the Minhang District in the heart of Shanghai.