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Archipelago Living Place- Flowing Community Commerce The Mobile Joy-city is located in Jingxi Xiangyun Community, Fangshan District, Beijing. In recent years, the Living supporting space in Beijing has continued to evolve, and new emerging community commercial spaces have become smaller and cozy. “Mobile Joy-city” provides such a supporting model of community life, and transforms the planned building area into vibrant community space through a series of creative organizations.

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From the very beginning, three value goals of “open archipelago concept”, ”landscape urban place” and “community space shaping” become the fundamental design ideas in this project.- Open Archipelago as the CoreThe core value of the community supporting is to meet the various requiements from the community commercial, so we use the “archipelago” as the concept to organize the diverse functional conditions.

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The archipelago define each store space as a homogeneous design language, while the flexible in-between space of the islands could work as the public space for circulation and sharing space.

“Mobile Joy-city” upgrades the commercial distribution method: flexible mixes retail,catering, and leisure space altogether with the openess of each store.

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The typed islands act as the “small” shops, while the in-between sharing space provide a “big” interface for the whole field.-Landscape Urban PlacesThe external landscape of “Mobile Joy-city” is mainly generated around the circular movement of the sunken courtyard.The archipelago squeezes and grows from the building boundary to the sinking courtyard and creates a new inner boundary; on the groundfloor, the islands form several groups of landscape component.

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The squeezed large steps can lead people into the sunken courtyard, it is not only a functional path connecting up and down, but also be used as a semi-ourdoor leisure space.

The four huge transparent “parasols” above the sunken courtyard are connected in staggered height by sharing structural columns. The “parasol” covers the main entrances in the courtyard, which not only plays a role in sheltering, but also forms a place integrating shopping, leisure and social, serving as a small performance and market place.This design concept reverses the relationship between community commcerce and landscape space, changing “ landscape in commerce” to “commerce in landscape”, organizing architecture and landscape with the form of “open archipelago”,and providing fluidity and vitality both inside and outside.- Community Space ShapingAs a localized neighborhood, community commerce shoulders habitant’s social and emotional needs.

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Just like the famous community commercial project “The Commons” in Bangkok advocate-“build a community first, then shopping areas”. Similarity, the “Mobile Joy-city” project also pays great attention to create the sense of community space. From the perspective of spatial relationship, the small scale and islands-like stores and leisure area are able to bring interesting space and circulation, and create a home-like, “warm” living atmosphere in the public realm.

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In addition, community cultural spots are also implanted in every floor, from the elevator hall to the space under the large steps, embedding special sense of cultural and children for the service functions..

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The Mobile Joy-city Community Commerce Gallery

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