Welcome to the second instalment of our Mega Development series, where we highlight global developments demonstrating innovation and grandiose design. This week we’re looking at the mega projects from Asia Pacific. Take a look at our debut US edition here.

SkyCity

Marked to open between 2023 and 2027, Hong Kong’s biggest commercial development to date, ‘SkyCity’ from New World Developments sister Roxy, is set to be a 350,000-sq. m. retail site that connects to both Hong Kong International Airport and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

A mix of retail, dining and entertainment, the development will have something for everyone. Noting a desire to go beyond the traditional shopping mall format, SkyCity aims to provide a “dynamic lifestyle and family entertainment hub” and given its proximity to both the recently opened aforementioned bridge and HKG airport, becoming a new destination for tourists as well as locals is a key intention and great likelihood. Touted as Hong Kong’s next great landmark, the plans provide 2,800 car parking spaces, reinforcing the mammoth scope of the project and the subsequent city style atmosphere.

Pictures courtesy of www.skycityhongkong.com

 

Pictures courtesy of www.skycityhongkong.com

Todtown, China

Located in Shanghai and due to open in 2020, Todtown is a development made up of 1,000 apartments, a 1.3 million-sq. ft. mall, and an additional 580,000-sq. ft. of retail.

The work of Chicago-based architects Goettsch Partners and Honk Kong-based design studio Lead 8, the project has a unique focus on outfitting the area with fresh greenery and lush landscapes for visitors and locals alike. Speaking to the creation of a specifically urban environment, included in the design will be a central park terrace, several mini parks, and pedestrian-only routes connecting the development and transport links.

Pictures courtesy of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP), Ronald Lu & Partners (Hong Kong)

Pictures courtesy of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP), Ronald Lu & Partners (Hong Kong)

Gala Avenue Westside

Set to open Q4 2019, Shanghai’s mixed-use Gala Avenue Westside and the architects behind the development, Benoy Shanghai, aim to celebrate the history and context of the unique waterside location, all the while enthusiastically embracing the future. To achieve this duality, clever design and a combination of traditional and modern construction methods have been carefully coordinated. Of this characteristic, Benoy say “Shanghai’s historic elements peacefully coexist with the future, providing unique experiences for people to work, shop and relax”.

Consisting on 12 interconnecting retail hubs and an 100m office tower over 250,000-sq. ft., the plot mixes high-end retail offerings, entertainment and public spaces.

Pictures courtesy of www.archdaily.com

Pictures courtesy of www.archdaily.com

Look out for our next edition of this series soon!