Australian firm Koichi Takada Architects used biomimicry technology to design this tree-inspired solar-powered shopping center in Shanghai, China. The non-traditional marketplace modernizes the ancient public space while retaining its main characteristics. The new design will instill a sense of discovery and connection to the country's open-air markets with an environmentally conscious twist.
The three-story development is currently in its last stages of construction. Boasting 32 architectural "trees," shoppers will have an indoor-outdoor experience as they weave through an artificial canopy. This will provide shelter from the rain and shade from the sun, while the canopy's surface acts as solar panels to power the marketplace. In addition, modular market stalls are included in the design to further instill a sense of authenticity.
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This Marketplace is Made with Biomimicry Technology
1. Biomimicry Design - Opportunity for businesses to imitate nature’s patterns to create eco-friendly solutions and architectures that reduce their carbon footprint and inspire green innovation.
2. Solar-powered Architecture - Opportunity for businesses to incorporate solar panels and other renewable energy sources into their infrastructure and create more sustainable buildings.
3. Indoor-outdoor Shopping Experience - Opportunity for businesses to incorporate outdoor elements in their retail brands and create immersive experiences for customers that enhance engagement and loyalty.
1. Architecture - The industry can capitalize on biomimicry research to design innovative structures that promote sustainability and environmental conservation.
2. Renewable Energy - The industry can promote the adoption of clean energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a more eco-friendly future.
3. Retail - Retail brands can leverage indoor-outdoor designs to create memorable shopping experiences that align with their values and mission, while promoting eco-friendliness and sustainability.