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Changchun Poly City Sales Center, China by JAMES LIANG & ASSOCIATES LIMITED

Project name:
Changchun Poly City Sales Center
Architecture firm:
Changchun, China
Yiwen Xu
Principal architect:
Melody Lau
Design team:
Cisen Lin, Qianyu Huang, Jiahui Chen, Wenzhu Pan, Nan Luo
Creative Designer: Xinke Liang; Technical Team: Wenzhi Zhao, Huihua Zhang; Soft furnishing design: JLa Vermillion Gift; Executive Director: Yee Xiong; Creative Designer: Tianqi Huang
Interior design:
Built area:
2800 ㎡
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
Photocatalyst/wood finish/antique tiles/stainless steel/art paint
Changchun Poly Group
Sales Center

JLa (JAMES LIANG & ASSOCIATES LIMITED): Tracing back to the local industrial civilization of Changchun, China, the designers strive to awaken urban vitality and establish the emotional link between people and the city through the innovation of scenes and experiences. A 12-meter-high corridor is built, with one side that slopes and one that is vertical. The designers use the three-dimensional visual hierarchy to deconstruct the interlocking layers of form. When viewed vertically, it is seen straight on one side and oblique on the other, and when viewed horizontally, it is interleaved on each level. As one moves forward and looks up, it forms an array of light and shade, with a staggered height and an intriguing, aesthetically pleasing environment that transcends time and space.

At the end of the corridor is a digital wall that records the history of Changchun's development, carving the big moments of urban development. The spiral staircase softens the visual senses with its pure, simple lines, and light and dynamic rhythm. Beyond the form, it symbolizes the bond linking people and the city. The creative inspiration for petal art installation comes from the fusion of the fruits of the industrial city of the past and the elements of modern city. By combining floral art with a sense of mechanics and architecture, it’s aimed to express the vivid blooming of the petals and the spreading growth of the roots, conveying a sense of both mechanization and vitality. The petals, in the dynamic opening and closing, resonate with the city's transformation and renewal.

The reserved white space and a simple three-dimensional box structure define the discussion area. The furniture, which takes the form of solo or linked seats, promotes interaction and discourse between various people and art exhibits. The semi-open floating platform, with its interlocking blocks and nested angles, is a powerful 'urban stage' that overlooks the entire site. Thanks to these efforts, this location functions as an organic life, enjoying fluidity and integration, and pulsing with powerful energy in harmony with the city.


Founded in 1989 by the famous Hong Kong designer Mr. James Liang, JAMES LIANG & ASSOCIATES LIMITED has its domestic operation headquarter in Guangzhou and branches in several cities such as Chengdu, Wuhan, Macao, etc. Upholding the positioning of global creative design, JLa consists of four major sectors: architectural consultancy, interior design, soft furnishing design and brand design. It strives to serve the top-level clients in the fields of real estate, office, hotel, business, healthcare and cultural exhibition, with efforts made to provide systematic solutions that strike a balance between creativity, business and implementation.

With more than 30 years of development, JLa remains committed to the principle of “Creative Growth, Beyond Boundaries”, and follows the sustainable operation philosophy based on rational thinking. As a result, JLa has developed the overall board development capacity that integrates creation, execution, implementation, coordination and operation, and set up a mature operation system and a stable business market. Thanks to these efforts, its design fruits have spread large cities in China and the Asia-Pacific regions.

By Liliana Alvarez

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