RTKL designed The MixC in Shenyang, the fifth MixC location in its portfolio, focusing on the concept of “timelessness.” The project was constructed in phases, with Phase I encompassing 125,000 sq. mt. of MixC retail and entertainment space plus a 65,000-sq.-ft. office tower, while Phase II included a 105,000-sq.-mt. residential tower and 24,000 sq. mt. of office and meeting space. Phase III focused on a 67,000-sq.-mt. Grand Hyatt Hotel and six-level Winter Garden that connects the hotel to one of the office towers.
The RTKL team master planned the project to optimize accessibility to and from the development, as well to as ensure the right mix of uses. The team incorporated the idea of timelessness into the design with a theme of the four seasons. The elliptical, glass-enclosed Winter Garden provides space for year-round events. Inside the MixC, the circulation plan is organized around a graceful, sweeping arc that resembles the shape of a fish and its movements. The skylight undulates like the ripples of an ocean wave as it floods the spaces below with natural light, accenting the main circulation path. An open and airy core sits at the center, where escalators crisscross over six levels. When looking above from the first level, the interweaving escalators represent water cascading down through the cylindrical core.
According to the judges, "This project anchors a critical place in the rapidly evolving local environment, and uses retail as a focus for ths mixing. ... The central space is absolutely gorgeous."
Project Name: The MixC in Shenyang
Location: Shenyang, China
Size: 5,500,000 sq. ft.
Architect: RTKL Associates
Developer/Owner: China Resources Land
Local Architect: China Architecture design and research group (Beijing)
Project Manager: David Zhang, China Resources Land Shenyang
Main Contractor: China Construction First Building (group) Corporation limited
Lighting Design: Shenzhen Uconia Co., Ltd.
Landscape Design: Belt Collins International
Structural Engineering: Arup
M & E Consulting Engineer: Parsons Brinckerhoff Asia
Traffic & Parking: MVA Hong Kong