Parkview opens in Beijing as an eco-friendly mall
Recently opening its doors in Beijing, Parkview Green FangCaoDi is a futuristic retail and commercial building that prides itself as one of the greenest buildings in China. The new space is a pyramid structure enclosing four towers that house luxury retailers, the lavish Eclat boutique hotel and offices, and is a pre-certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum building.
The 800,000 square foot structure from Hong Kong’s Parkview Group is designed by Integrated Design association and engineered by ARUP. Parkview features a geothermal system for heating and cooling, rooftop louvers that assist the ventilation system and recycling of wastewater into the irrigation system. With its advanced design elements, the mall aims to be an indoor sanctuary from Beijing’s sweltering summers, freezing winters and endless air pollution. Bridges that connect the buildings are decorated with an abundance of greenery, while the structure’s design emphasizes light.
"Our message to give out is this is a unique space. We want to position ourselves as somewhere people would like to spend time. We are building a venue, a space, instead of just another mall," said Parkview's executive director, Leo Hwang, as reported by WWD.com.
As the center aims to be eco-friendly, it also aims for luxury retail. Karen Millen, Hennes & Mauritz AB’s COS brand, Ted Baker and Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry are a few of the brands that will have a presence at Parkview. Stella McCartney, well-known for her environmental efforts, will also be taking space. In the watches and jewelry sector, there will be Swiss watchmaker IWC, Chopard, Breitling, Carrera Y Carrera and Wempe.
Hwang said they expect to have Parkview at 80 percent occupancy before the shopping rush for Chinese New Year in early February 2013.