The design concept for the Jinan Pulimen Commercial Complex is based on a philosophy that water is the primary source of life and is a finite resource. The City of Jinan’s storied relationship with water, from its name to its beautiful springs that dot the urban landscape, is central to the culture and development of the city.
The program includes retail and residential functions. The retail space in the podium building has three atrium spaces that serve as architectural points of interest and elements that allow for the clear articulation of the vertical circulation components. During the day, the atrium space is washed in natural light, while at night it brightly lit, transforming the space into glowing volumes that are clearly visible from the surrounding towers.
The generous retail component runs through the spine of the building, serving as a pedestrian connection from the bustle of Shone Elevated Road and terminating in the tranquility of the landscaped park. This solution also provides a clear organization of retail components, allowing shoppers two points of access for several ground floor boutiques. The long curving spine is intersected with nodes, creating a sense of discovery as users navigate through this unique retail experience.
The building promotes a modern, active lifestyle by with high-level amenities that include a swimming pool, fitness center, and multipurpose entertainment room. The residential interiors were designed to be highly sustainable, using low-tech passive solutions for big results. Floor to ceiling windows give each unit generous amounts of natural light and unobstructed views; exterior balconies also help to bounce the light back into the building for more natural light; glare is controlled by an exterior, metal mesh sunscreen which filters and diffuses sunlight, reducing summer heat gain. These “smart shading” systems can be an integrated into each unit for user control or be supervised by the building owners.
The unit design is a contemporary open plan layout that incorporates modern high-end finishes. Floors will be stone or wood with millwork in a European style. Bathrooms and kitchens include high-end European cabinetry and energy-efficient appliances, promoting water conservation.