6. Shanghai Expo Axis

Client: Portman (Shanghai) Investment
Location: Shanghai, China
Types of Built Projects:Restaurants, Hotel, Entertainment, Exhibition
Site area: 2,583,339 square feet

Shanghai Expo Axis is a mixed-use project. Its development plan focuses on pedestrian movement over a significant distance, dividing the blocks into places of interest and exploration. The site offers restaurants, exhibitions, events, conventions, hotels and entertainment. The hotel complex includes two full-service luxury convention hotels and three boutique hotels. The roof level includes lightweight structures that are key elements of the project’s identity.

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7. Cairo Festival City

Client: Al Futtaim Group
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Types of Built Projects:Retail, office, hotel
Site area: 51,670,000 square feet
Building area: 2,400,000 square feet

Cairo Festival City is a mixed-use urban community that includes Egypt’s first indoor-outdoor shopping mall. The Festival Centre consists of two levels of enclosed shops, restaurants and entertainment, and overlooks the collection of shops, restaurants and open-air performance spaces found in the Festival Village. The two levels are connected by a pedestrian street with tiered shops and cafés called the Promenade.

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8. One Paseo

Client: Kilroy Realty
Location: San Diego, California
Types of Built Projects:Retail, office, community center
Site area: 1,175,871 square feet

One Paseo is a commercial village and mixed-use development. Originally planned in the 1970s, the new design was intended to provide a center for the community that integrates retail, office and residential buildings. The project was designed to be walkable, and to maximize California’s year-round climate. The concept centred on the use of paseos, courtyards and plazas that would create a series of connected pedestrian experiences that wind their way through the project. Buildings of varying sizes are combined with a layered use of the landscape to create a varied character. The heart of the project is the municipal square, a generously sized informal space for sitting, relaxing and eating, which can be Types of Built Projects: med for a variety of public activities ranging from farmers’ markets to open-air film screenings.

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9. Coconut Point

Client: Simon Property Group
Location: Estero, Florida
Types of Built Projects: Retail, Office, Residential
Site area: 1,900,000 square feet

Coconut Point is the first mixed-use development of this type between Naples and Fort Myers. The use of natural materials gives the many restaurants, shops and entertainment areas a unique identity. The wetland retention ponds surrounding the project have been redesigned into a water landscape of fountains and ponds that herald the project, and include bridges connecting the restaurants and entertainment venues on the waterfront.

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10. Henderson Haizhu Plaza

Client: Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd.
Location: Guangzhou, China
Types of Built Projects: Retail, Restaurants, Entertainment, Communal Space
Site area: 232,813 square feet
Building area: 854,751 square feet

The Henderson Haizhu Plaza is located next to the Haizhu Historical Park. The undulating exterior building is inspired by the rolling mountains of southern China, while the interior retail space reflects the canyon landscape, with its winding horizontal circulation and stacked vertical courtyards. The floor plan configuration is fluid, allowing one space to blend into another to create an inviting and playful atmosphere.

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