Haier, a pioneer in the home appliances industry, became the world’s first to introduce a series of complete one-stop smart home solutions including their U+ Smart Life Platform at the CES 2019. Spacemen were commissioned to design their flagship experience centre in the heart of Shanghai City to showcase their lat-est technologies and innovations. Jaxda provided engineering, project management, and construction sup-port while Bokeh created the immersive digital experience.
Situated on a busy shopping district flanked by furniture malls on both sides, the intent was to create a calm-ing user experience for visitors that allowed them fully engage with the brand, products and its services in a relaxed state of mind. The original fa?ade was stripped down and veiled with a layer of translucent polycar-bonate panels. During the day, the minimal white box emerges as a sharp contrast to the busy shopfronts of neighbouring stores plastered with posters and advertisements. In the night, the facade becomes a beacon of light emitting a soft white glow that draws the attention of pedestrians.
From a far an illuminated ring can be seen hovering in the middle of the lobby acting as a vortex drawing pedestrians within to continue their journey. The central gathering space features 10m high circular atrium and a sculptural spiral staircase, It is flanked by four columns wrapped with LED panels and projectors con-cealed within its circular white walls thus offering a 360° cinematic view of projections as visitors meander around the lobby or ascending to explore the upper retail floor. A pure material palette of white terrazzo, recon stone and polished grey mirror in the lobby space evokes a sleek avant-grade aesthetic that compli-ments the technological elements of the brand.
The experience centre is divided into 3 main areas; ‘The Smart Home’, ‘The Future’, and the ‘Product Experi-ence Zone’, with an array of other programmes inserted in between the main zones such as an office, staff training area, meeting rooms, breakout lounge and kids area.
In the ‘Smart Home’, Spacemen fitted the four core home living scenarios; living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, with Haier’s latest intelligent appliances that are either voice activated or connected to a pas-sive activation device. These devices are all interconnected and intercommunicate which allows one word to control all smart devices. The home is also equipped with an air conditioner unit that can sense and deter-mine the environment to adjust temperature accordingly.
Concealed digital screens and projectors are seamlessly integrated into the wall panels and cabinets of the entire showroom, coming alive only when visitors come within close proximity. This encourages visitors to interact with the ‘Haier Smart Home Cloud’ platform which allows access to real-time information about the products being monitored and controlled with an app on their phones.
A soft palette of natural oak timber, off white walls and terrazzo define the interior of the home. Strategically placed openings of greenery provide privacy between the living room and bedroom. While inserted zen gar-dens create framed views for the bathroom as well as a quiet moment to pause before visitors enter the smart home. The floor-to-ceiling window spanning the entire living room is integrated with a voice activated Haier lighting system programmed with the capability to replicate natural day light settings for any time of day through any of the four seasons with lush greenery filling the frosted glass faux window.
‘The Future’, is an immersive multi-media cinematic experience where real and virtual elements, spatial dramaturgy, and brand communications are perfectly choreographed spotlighting the latest and most iconic features of Haier Smart Home. Activated by movement, it allows visitors to connect and interact with the brand and be part of the exhibition.
The ‘Product Experience Zone’ displays consists of products from Haier as well as products from its premium kitchen brand, Casarte. A variety of network-enabled products that are expected to disrupt the market includ-ing the world’s first fibre-detecting washing machine, which can automatically identify the fabrics of the clothes and select the corresponding wash and dry cycles, as well as the world’s first intelligent multi-zone cooling and heating air conditioner featuring intelligent recognition and air zoning. Monitoring station also allows visitors to read live statistics and readings as the entire experience centre features Haier’s ecosystem for fresh air, water filter and hot water supply amongst many.
An interplay of architecture, nature and the latest in smart living technology, the Haier Smart Home Experi-ence centre created by Spacemen, is a holistic brand experience that brings the brand promise to life by connecting Haier with the people.
Project name: Haier Smart Home Experience Centre
Architect’ Firm: Spacemen
Lead Architects: Edward Tan
设计团队：Hoiyee Lim, Raymond Tang, Ed Chan, Simon Liu, Kelvin Ni, Tommy Zhu, Yvonne Li
Team: Hoiyee Lim, Raymond Tang, Ed Chan, Simon Liu, Kelvin Ni, Tommy Zhu, Yvonne Li
Project location: 1108 ZhenBei Road, Putuo District, Shanghai, 200042 PRC.
Completion Year: 2019
Gross Built Area: 3500sqm
摄影版权：Chen Xuan, Min 闵晨轩, Tommy Zhu
Photo credits: Chen Xuan, Min 闵晨轩, Tommy Zhu
Engineering, Project management, & Construction: Jaxda
互动和数字媒体顾问：Bokeh Visual Digital Media Studio
Interactive & Digital Media Consultant: Bokeh Visual Digital Media Studio