Benoy, the global studio of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers has celebrated the topping out of Suning Plaza in Xuzhou, China on 29 December. The firm is undertaking a multi-disciplinary scope on the development, delivering the Retail Architecture, Interior Design and Graphic Design of the mixed-use project.
The development will be Benoy’s first completed project in the city. Located in the heart of the commercial district of Xuzhou, Suning Plaza is a major development spanning a GFA of almost 350,000m2. The scheme consists of an 112,000m2 high-end retail podium which anchors two office towers, a Hyatt hotel and two serviced apartment towers.
Positioned directly above a MRT station, the development seamlessly connects into the city’s underground transportation network. “Congratulations to our client Suning Real Estate and all the collaborators working on this development for reaching this important milestone. We are proud to be delivering this new landmark for Xuzhou which will be Benoy’s first in the city,” said Chao Wu, Director at Benoy.
This is the first retail scheme for developer Suning in Xuzhou and will feature more than 350 stores and 800 international and domestic brands. Benoy’s design has helped to introduce new experiences such as the city’s first indoor ice skating rink, a 4,000m2 IMAX cinema and an international swimming pool. The six-level podium features an open-air atrium which forms an extensive event performance space.
An open landscaped sky garden wraps the development, forming a vibrant fifth elevation to connect the mixed-use development. Facing the largest parkland in the city, Suning Plaza will also feature a generous Food and Beverage offer which is positioned to overlook this green space. Suning Plaza, Xuzhou is due to complete construction in 2016. Source and images courtesy of Benoy.