As precedent and testing ground for the Hongmeng Car Exhibition Mall currently in planning, an existing used-car market is being extended and redeveloped into a contemporary showroom, a standout address for quality shopping.
Two buildings along the corner plot lead the way: their open glazed facades are highlighted by bright red roof and side envelopes, while bold monochromatic patterns define the interiors. The northern building’s light structural frames lift a light roof with cuboid light shaft inserts that protrude both towards exterior and interior, creating focal points to the display areas. A small mezzanine zone is reached by a bright red spiral staircase that further emphasises the dynamics of the space.
Flagship Store for Southwest China’s Biggest Luxury Car Trader
As the largest used car trader in Southwest China, Hongmeng is currently expanding and upgrading its existing used car market and building a brand new luxury car showroom in Chengdu’s Shuangliu District.
Hongmeng is a local trading venue that has been in existence for many years, the major expansion and upgrading plan of Hongmeng’s used car market is also an opportunity to completely refresh the brand image and space to expand the future market for used high-end luxury car trading. The two showrooms are small in size compared to the overall market, but their location at the major intersections of the city’s roads is a clear eye-catcher and statement to the entire trade market.
Giant Red Roof and Zigzag Glass Facade
The concept of the two showrooms is inspired by the pursuit of precision and logic in automotive design and the refined aesthetics of the product. We believe that the architecture of the vehicle showroom itself should be designed with a consistent aesthetic based on rational appreciation.
Two buildings on the corner site lead the way: their open-glazed facades are accentuated by the bright red roof and side envelopes, while bold monochrome patterns define the interiors.
We chose two main materials, shiny metal and glass, to construct the two pavilions. In the limited space available, the choice of a zigzag, diagonal parking area ensures maximum efficiency. This also gives visitors the best view of the cars on display. The façade of the car area is dominated by a simple and elegant floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall, with alternating transparent and reflective glass forming the two serrated sides of each curtain wall, creating a special visual effect.
The steel beam of the North Hall is flipped up onto the roof to ensure the smooth flow of the interior space and to signal the structural logic of the building. A red spiral metal staircase is located in the reception wing of the building and is displayed alongside the prototype car through a fully transparent curtain wall, forming a visual focal point for both the interior and exterior.
Above the flat, extended roof, several differently positioned light cannons provide natural light to the interior spaces and break up the flatness of the building volume.
The South Hall is approximately half the size of the North Hall with a zig-zag roof that echoes the language of the façade and re-emphasizes the zig-zag element. The side windows of the roof also provide soft and even diffused light to the interior space, creating the best possible display effect. The same shade of red has been given to both showrooms as a distinctive marker at the intersection of the main roads, reinforcing the visitor’s identification and memory of the market.
The first two showrooms in this upgrade program have been completed and are in operation, with the remainder of the renovation expected to be completed by 2023.