Architecture & Interior Design
Mini Living | Universal

Mini Living
Shanghai

Client
MINI LIVING

Size
7600.sqm

Status
On site

A collaboration with MINI LIVING designed to challenge urban conventions. MINI LIVING Shanghai will deliver a new flexible live-work environment to the neighbourhood of Jing’an. Read More

MINI LIVING Shanghai is the largest-scale architecture project that Universal has undertaken to date, set across an area of 7,600 square metres, which will amount to a new mixed-use development in Shanghai encompassing six buildings.

A progressive concept designed to challenge the very idea of city life, the urban retreat is located on the site of a former paint factory, previously used for traditional Chinese industry. Universal worked in collaboration with the MINI LIVING design team to capture the essence of Shanghai’s contrasting blueprint within the mixed materiality used across the project; juxtaposing past, present, old and new, to reflect the local edge and entrepreneurial spirit that define the Jing’an district.

The architectural approach to the scheme is inventive through maintaining the existing buildings and remodelling the space by inserting new architectural frame-like structures into the existing building and connecting these through multiple bridges, staircases and walkways.

The concept of sharing and community runs through the DNA of the MINI LIVING development. The first-of-its-kind project is intended to deliver flexible solutions that will create a new norm for how its inhabitants live, interact and work. These include semi-private apartments with design-led, modular communal living spaces, a series of rooftop environments encouraging residents to recharge or energise in pavilion or open air settings, and flexible co-working hubs centred on harnessing collaboration and shared ideas.

The development’s wider public realm and amenities are also designed to spark interaction and a sense of community, including a cross-programmable multi story public exhibition space and an experiential garage housing electric cars for residents’ use. Inspired by Shanghai’s traditional small alleyways; a new typology that MINI LIVING introduces into the neighbourhood, the former factory loading alley has been repurposed into newly created streets which house a vibrant streetscape activated by local businesses, a food market and international retail concepts.

MINI LIVING Shanghai will launch in Autumn 2020.

 

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