Taikoo Li Sanlitun
Taikoo Li Sanlitun (Chinese: 三里屯太古里; pinyin: Sānlǐtún Tàigǔlǐ), formerly Sanlitun Village, is a shopping centre in the Sanlitun area of the Chaoyang District in Beijing, China. It comprises 19 buildings on two sites, a few minutes walk from each other. Besides retail space, the project includes a 99-room boutique hotel, The Opposite House (瑜舍).
History and construction
- The Piazza (Taikoo Li South)
The centre opened in July 2008 and contains 140 stores, dining outlets and services including a multi-screen theatre.
- The Deck (Taikoo Li North)
The design of the Taikoo Li Sanlitun is inspired by Beijing's Hutongs and Siheyuan courtyards, comprising a mix of unusual shapes, textures and vibrant colours, and blending the Beijing of the past with its more worldly, cosmopolitan present. Taikoo Li South blends a traditional hutong lifestyle with twenty-first century modernity and sophistication. Taikoo Li North draws its courtyard form from China's Siheyuan, in which architectural style displays a feel of urban sophistication and keen sense for fashion.
The architects intend that it stand for something a different than the conventional enclosed air-conditioned commercial developments dotted across modern Asia. This includes much needed public space for Beijing's residents and visitors, breaking up the development with alleys and courtyards influenced by the Beijing of yesteryear, as well as modern pieces such as an open fountain and little touches from contemporary artists.
To the east of the Taikoo Li lies Bar Street, one of Beijing's most popular night destinations for both locals and visitors, with a wide array of bars, clubs, and restaurants.
The C5 Gallery is a professional art institute devoted to promoting young Chinese contemporary artists to a wider audience and facilitating art's positive influence on peoples' lives.
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