‘Washroom in a shopping mall is a public space open to everyone. It accommodates people in their busy urban life and provides them a space to take a break or re-organise themselves.
During the design process, I don't particularly want to design it as a functional only space, therefore, we suggested putting more emphasize on the design of the washroom, so as to reflect humanistic care in unexpected corners of the shopping mall.
That’s when we came up with the concept of Sanctuary Garden.
We made use of the passages, planned the function division carefully, and integrated functionalities which are often neglected as well. I hope that this space is designed to be able to take care of people’s needs no matter big or small. Just like how our client Deji opened the passage way connecting the subway for the convenience of the commuters. And since 2015, they established a "Lost Children Prevention System". Humanistic cares like these are buried under the sense of ritual and aesthetics created by the design, and can be only noticed when they are being used.
I have to say this is a very interesting project. Due to the removal of the fences at the end of the construction, passers-by are able to take a glimpse of the inside. Their posts about the space on the internet went viral even before the project is opened to the public.
There are many things I want to express through the theme of the project, as the challenge of the traditional aesthetic mode, and the re-examination of the refined decoration and its connotation in the field of decorative aesthetics. But in the end, my only hope is that after stripping away the layer of mystery, the project will long exist, and become a sanctuary garden that is within the reach of every urban traveler. "
The concept of this project was drawn from the designer's tribute to the increasingly distant spring under the environmental crisis. With the green ecological art garden that jumped out of the concrete building, it awakens the garden buried deep in people's heart. Under the reorganization through design techniques, abstract geometry and lines that are inspired by flowers, plants and insects naturally becomes the decorative expression of theme aesthetics. They extends from the façade to the ground and the depths of the interior space, guiding people’s footsteps to explore inward. On both sides of the experience hall, the designer used the green wallpaper forms the first skin of the interior, and then covers it with the curved grille as the second skin. Green plants‘growing’from the cavity on both sides injecting vitality into the indoor landscape. The symmetrical aesthetics of the array design and the exquisite and rich internal frame brings the art garden a palace-like temperament, while the ceremonial walk-in experience and rich layers in details further completes and sublimated the rich sensory feast brought by the experience hall.
Under the impact of the grand atmosphere, eye-catching creativeness continues to provide customers with constant surprises. The designer deconstructed the characteristics of butterflies and bees, and used them to create gorgeous chandeliers. At the same time, wall lamps that are inspired by flowers can be seen on both sides of the wall.
At the end of the experience hall is the traffic point for the separation of men's and women's washrooms - the lounge, a group of large art sofas grow out of the space like a cluster of brightly blooming flowers. While its design falls in line with the theme, the sofa itself provides a convenience resting spot for the waiting visitors. The logo of the men's and women's washrooms is interestingly expressed with "rose" and "palm leaf". In the washroom, the washstand is inspired by the fountain in the garden. functionality is properly integrated by taking advantage of water fountain’s shape and height difference. The designer continues to follow the same design strategy as the experience hall, using wood veneer and champagne-gold grilles as the double skin of the interior, emphasizing the sense of comfort and convenience of the space, and ensuring the unity of artistic style and control of the theme aesthetics.
When art is integrated with business, design tears a gap between reality and illusion, and the forming of the artistic atmosphere makes the space become the extension of the spiritual garden.