Pacific Place, Hong Kong by Thomas Heatherwick

Hot on the heels of my last shopping centre orientated blog post I have found a case study of another one in Hong Kong. I was actually looking for sculptural installation work by Thomas Heatherwick for a shopping centre project I am working on in England, when I came across Pacific Place. Thomas Heatherwick was commisioned to rennovate this shopping centre and it just looks incredible.

It ripples and flows organically from the external stone facade, through the interior surfaces, glass, mall edges and ceiling features, to intricate details such as lift cars and their calling buttons. Such is the sense of fluidity to the building Heatherwick has moved to soften all angular edges, one impressive instance of this, a new restaurant on the upper level, features skylights clad in timber with softened edges. Continue Reading

Selfridges Bullring, Birmingham

Confession: For all the work I have done in the Bullring in Birmingham over the years I have never been in to the highly acclaimed Selfridges store. The weekend just gone I put that right. Wow was I impressed. I spent most of my visit walking around with my head in the clouds gawping and my iphone out (discreetly) photographing. The store internally is not unlike most department stores. Exposed ceilings show services and slab in black with various celing rafts, features and lighting hanging beneath to detract the wandering eye. This in itself is impressive as it is such a vast space to trick the eye from looking up at an unpleasant exposed slab is clever.  Continue Reading