Located 50km Northeast of the Qingdao major city center in the Shandong District, Jiaozhou is an emerging community looking to modernize and update its environment. Jiaozhou Times Square will be located in the center of that development. The project is conceived of as a retail destination. A large shopping mall will anchor the site. Surrounding the mall will be a large Cineplex, athletic facilities, and offices at the top level. Wrapping the perimeter is an outdoor “retail street” that pays homage to traditional open air Chinese markets. The site is bounded by Zhengzhou and Guangshou North Roads, and occupies a prominent corner in the downtown district. The site area is approximately 306,000 square feet.
The intent of the design was to breakdown the façade based on the buildings programmatic elements. Drawing inspiration from the clean, simple shapes from such contemporary artwork as “Blue on Black” by Mark Rothko, the formal aspects of the façade are meant to emulate the massive rectangular contemplative paintings. The façade’s theme would be carried through to the street retail corridor allowing for other contemporary artwork to inspire retail facades, signage displays, ground & landscape patterns, and the overall experience within the corridor. The building area is 1,009,000 square feet above grade.