Benoy is excited to announce that construction has completed on Olympia 66, Dalian, China and the scheme has now fully opened to the public.
Benoy was commissioned as the Interior Designer on the retail development and delivered the project in collaboration with Hang Lung Properties.
Set in the Central Business District of Dalian, Olympia 66 is one of the largest commercial complexes in Northeast China. Bringing together international fashion brands, dining and leisure facilities and more than 400 shops, the newly completed scheme has established a high-end shopping and lifestyle destination for the region.
Covering almost 222,000m2, the retail podium spans seven levels with three basement levels for car parking and service docks.
Benoy’s interior configuration has drawn upon the form of the building’s roof and its reference to the ‘Twin carp’ symbol. The main retail spine runs through the centre of the mall linking the two large atria which sit on each side, reinforcing the geometry of the exterior.
“We have celebrated the architectural form of the building in our design of the interiors. It was important for us to develop a design language which captured the concept of the architecture and could bring this to life inside the development,” said Simon Wong, Director at Benoy.
With multiple entrances and a desire to enhance connectivity and integration with the urban environment, the retail development is extremely permeable for visitors. Supporting this format, Benoy’s Team introduced a circulation design which allows visitors to continually flow throughout the development, connecting the many entry points with the retail arcades, internal public spaces, event areas and leisure offers.
“Ensuring visitors can easily navigate a development of this size is crucial to its success. Given the number of ground level entries into the scheme and the size of the floor plates, our team employed its retail capabilities to ensure the visitor experience was enhanced through our design,” continued Simon.
The grand scale of the development has also been expressed in the indoor plaza which sits above the main retail offer. The space unites the scheme, running the length of the development. A striking crystalline skylight covers the space and draws in natural light. Sightlines across the multiple levels create eye-catching indoor panoramic vistas and allow visitors to easily navigate the development.
One of the most celebrated interior features of the mall is the grand staircase which sits at ground level in one of the indoor plazas. Trimmed with marble handrails and stairs and illuminated by floor flights, the passageway brings an elevated sense of luxury to the scheme. Rising above the staircase is an animated feature ceiling which enhances the space further. The area creates a platform for promotional and community events to bring a changing calendar of activity to the mall.
Bringing a sophisticated and timeless icon to Dalian, Benoy’s Interior Design also features subtle detailing and a neutral colour palette, allowing the form of the building and retailers within to stand out.
Olympia 66 is Benoy’s first completed development in Dalian and joins the firm’s growing portfolio of leading retail developments across the country including Parc Central in Guangzhou, iAPM and Jing An Kerry Centre in Shanghai, Riverside 66 in Tianjin and Parc 66 in Jinan.
Developer: Hang Lung Properties Limited
Size: 221,900 m2
Interior Designer: Benoy