Set within the Xintiandi district, a bustling lifestyle, fashion, and shopping epicenter in Shanghai, is RIBA’s ‘Shanghai Windows Project’. The venture partners RIBA members with international and upcoming Chinese retailers. Working closely with their retail partner Fountain Restaurant, Atelier I-N-D-J teamed up with CTHM Architects to create ‘fountain flow’.
The restaurant is located in the heart of Xintiandi; set at the rear of a courtyard that sees heavy traffic, it is often overlooked and passed by. The aim of ‘fountain flow’ was to re-energize the area, bringing a renewed visual focus and disruption in an attempt to draw visitors to the complex.
Thousands of delicate, ethereal stands of light spill from the restaurants upper story towards a large fountain in the courtyard below. 30,000 meters of translucent cord refract and reflect light giving a shimmering impression that cascades across the front façade. The simple, bold installation playfully changes appearance as both natural and artificial light is caught, refracted, and reflected.
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