Mixed-use, Retail, Leisure & Tourism
Taihu New City, Lan Kwai Fong Group
Exciting waterfront destination
Set to transform the waterfront area of the coastal town of Wuxi, China, Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) Wuxi has been conceived as a high quality, integrated lifestyle destination.
The development will occupy over 100,000m2 and will bring together a dynamic mix of Retail, Food and Beverage, Leisure, Entertainment, Art and Culture.
Perfectly positioned adjacent to a Cultural Zone, an award-winning Wetlands Park and the Central Business District, LKF Wuxi will become a natural meeting point within the district.
Inspired by the Wuxi vernacular
The concept aims to capture the essence of Wuxi and so create an architectural language which will connect with the rich heritage of the area. The vision was to deliver a scheme which resembled the development of a place over time and spark interest in the design as much as in the programme it would offer.
The Benoy Team undertook detailed façade studies, resulting in the inclusion of a mix of traditional and modern building styles which combine to create a diverse yet holistic design. The composition of the development is, therefore, a blend of locally-inspired low-rise retail shops and larger scale structures which frame the major entrances.
The heart of the scheme is the ‘Pavilion’,
a lantern-shaped, semi-outdoor building which embodies the Wuxi vernacular. The central landmark takes on a organic form and is surrounded by water, celebrating the lantern-lined canals of old Wuxi.
Destined to be a vibrant 24-hour destination, LKF Wuxi will showcase a multitude of offers from shopping streets and outdoor markets to dining, clubs, a multiplex cinema and KTV karaoke.
The scheme is laid out as a major retail loop which is connected through a sequence of public squares, courtyards and gardens.
Three main plazas are connected to the open space network by a series of major walkways all of which are covered to offer year-round protection from the elements.
The Event Plaza, Central Plaza and Riverside Plaza will each host a changing calendar of activities, from pop-up stores to all-day events and markets.
A boardwalk follows the river bank and serves to connect the waterfront area with the natural resources employed within the site. Stepped terracing and viewing platforms have been incorporated within the landscaping to allow visitors to admire the beauty of the neighbouring wetlands.