The Shower is a creative and eye-catching intervention on the central plaza of Life Hub @ Daning for the joy and entertainment of kids, families and youngsters. A platform to foster social interactions and quality time outdoor during the summer months.
Architect: 100architects Client: Life Hub @ Daning, (Chongbang Group) Location: Daning Road, Jin’An District, Shanghai, China Year: 2020 Built area: 350 sqm Design Team: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Lara Broglio, Keith Gong, Cosima Jiang, Ginger Huang Photography: Marcos Romano Video: Lalo López
From the architect: The shower is a public space project that offers an alternative to the traditional concept of plaza, catalyzing social dynamics and activating urban spaces. It’s inspired by summer elements that could bring some freshness to the plaza, such as sea, water splash, summer breeze, surfing and summer lifestyle in general.
To create that summer environmental narrative, we designed a multifunctional platform with the iconic shapes of waves, based on different stripes waving up & down which generate a series of spaces for playing, for climbing up or sliding down, for sitting and laying down to have a break from the buzzy life, etc…
To enhance the water narrative, we created a playful orange water pipe ending with a huge shower faucet splashing water to the center of the installation, which gives the illusion that water runs through the pipe.
As could not be otherwise, the color palette of the installation ranges in 4 different shades of marine blue, a very summery color palette to better represent the waves feeling. The shades of blue are contrasting with the vivid orange of the water pipe and the shower, so they can enhance each other by contrast.
The multifunctional installation counts with a waving amphitheater directly facing the stage on the other side of the plaza, climbing ropes, a wide communal slide for several people to enjoy it simultaneously, a surfing selfie spot, a pipe tunnel, and some games as floor graphics for kids to interact with the surfaces.
Since most of us won’t be able to travel this summer to seaside destinations due to the current known circumstances, The Shower will surely bring you a piece of summer to Shanghai.