“Shopping in Nature” The Grand Outlet - East Jakarta is envisaged to go beyond a conventional shopping mall. It is a destination for celebrations, events and attractions, while offering a sense of retreat or haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To design and give shape to such client’s vision, we employed biomimicry (forest, bamboo, water, flower and rice terrace) to create five themed nodes in the project. By carefully arranging these nodes along passages and adopting the themes into the material selection and landscape elements, this outlet mall will provide visitors with joys, surprises, and unparalleled experiences on top of shopping activities. The design concept "Shopping in Nature" can also be found at pedestrian spaces in the galleria, where komorebi: “the sunshine leaking through foliage” has translated into random and dynamic patterns at the roof and the external pavement. The landscape elements and an irregular pattern of canopy columns create winding and meandering routes for the visitors travelling from node to node. All in all, these design approaches contribute to curating unique vistas reminiscent of nature.
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