Laguarda.Low Architects has announced the completion of the first phase of Europark, a 3 million square-foot mixed-use complex in Dalian, China. Set on a landscaped park in the heart of Donggang’s central business district, Europark is comprised of the award-winning Galleria Mall, an apartment suites tower, two SOHO office towers, as well as two residential towers.
Set to open later this year, the apartment suites tower, also known as Fraser Suites Dalian, features 259 units. The suites are fully-furnished apartment units available for purchase that also feature hotel amenities. The hotel amenities of the building include housekeeping services, concierge, wine bar, pool, video room, gym, spa, restaurants, and a VIP meeting room.
Inspired by the nearby Yellow Sea, the glass tower rises out of the ground like the sail of a sailboat. “Now that the first phase is complete, we are certain that the cutting-edge architectural style, contemporary design and endless retail options in this complex will attract attention throughout the region,” said John Low, Principal of Laguarda.Low.
The Galleria Mall serves as the first European style shopping center in Donggang, Dalian and officially opened to the public in August 2015. The mall is situated at the center of the site and encompasses four levels of retail, including an H&M, Zara, Nike, Adidas, and an IMAX theatre – all arranged around a central expansive skylight, permeating daylight to all levels.
Laguarda.Low also designed the interior of the mall, which is connected by the service apartment tower. Europark also features the Kardan SOHO office towers, comprising two 10-story office buildings with 201 units each, as well as 100 parking spaces.
The glass curtain wall construction has metal louvered sun screen to limit heat gain. In partnership with landscape design firm SWA, Europark features the biggest green park in Donggang. The development is within walking distance to Dalian Port and the Davos Conference Center. The project is planned for the second phase of construction starting in late 2017.
Europark is one of many Laguarda.Low-designed developments in China. The firm’s trademark design – spanning four continents – has expanded to major cities in the region including, Fuzhou, Jining Shangdon, Qingdao, Dalian and Shenzhen. Source and photographs, Courtesy of Laguarda.Low Architects.