Tai Koo Li
Architectural Design. Oval Partnership
H/W & S/W Production. Locomotion
The center opened in April 2015, and features a pedestrianized precinct built around six restored heritage buildings including the Daci temple complex and Huguang Guild Hall. In keeping with Chengdu's heritage, the pedestrianized area contains both “slow lanes” for tea rooms, restaurants and boutiques, as well as “fast lanes” which contain major international brands such as Muji. Underneath the complex there are 1,000 parking spaces, direct metro access, as well as a cinema, a supermarket and a 4,000-square-meter (43,000 sq ft) Fangsuo bookstore. Following completion, the development was selected as a global winner in the 2015 Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence competition. The shopping district brings together a range of top fashion and lifestyle brands such as Gucci, Cartier, Hermès, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Valentino, Thom Browne, Balmain, Givenchy, Acne Studios, I.T, Michael Kors, and B&O.