Wellness-themed shopping concept anchors new Shanghai project

Taikoo Li Qiantan, Swire Properties’ latest joint-venture retail complex with Lujiazui Group, has opened in Shanghai, following on from Taikoo Li Sanlitun in Beijing and Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li in Chengdu.

Spanning a 120,000sqm area in the heart of the Shanghai Pudong New Area, Taikoo Li Shanghai follows a wellness-themed concept, featuring open-plan and lane-driven architectural design. A wide expanse of open green space and lanes across the ground level and rooftop are connected by an 80-metre-long Scenic Bridge overlooking the Huangpu River.

Divided into two main areas – ‘Stone Zone’ and ‘Wood Zone’, the project houses 250 premium shops and brands, including Balenciaga, Bulgari, Cartier, Dior, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hermes, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Moncler, Prada and Saint Laurent.

“Taikoo Li Qiantan is a proud new addition to our incredible ‘Taikoo Li’ brand, offering a ‘wellness’ journey, complete with the latest in digital innovation and an exciting and fresh brand mix for Shanghai,” said Tim Blackburn, CEO of Swire Properties.

“We’re confident that Taikoo Li Qiantan will help to shape Pudong as a famous shopping circle in the years to come, further elevating Shanghai’s global influence as an international consumption hub.”

While about 50 brands have made their Pudong debut in the complex, more than 20 tenant partners showcase garden-inspired concepts to follow the wellness theme of Taikoo Li Qiantan. These examples include a temporary store by Louis Vuitton with a new design concept inspired by Louis Vuitton’s Monogram four-petal flower pattern, and Starbucks’ Greener Store Lab.

Anchor tenants on the rooftop include Japan’s Tsutaya Books’ 3000sqm flagship store, as well as Japanese professional sports brand Asics’ first Running Station on the Chinese mainland.

Taikoo Li Qiantan is highlighted with an AI digitised track dubbed ‘Sky Loop’ surrounding the rooftop of the complex. The 450-metre running track provides smart changing rooms as well as a gentle slope that rises to the roof of Tsutaya Books.

Marking the launch, Canadian new media artist Cinzia Campolese has curated the lighting show “The Journey of Water” at the central installation, Please Be Seated, by British designer Paul Cocksedge.

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