No 2001 North Tianfu Avenue, Wuhou District, Chengdu, China

Photography courtesy of Sybarite. Photography by Nick Kuratnik

SKP, Chengdu


No 2001 North Tianfu Avenue, Wuhou District, Chengdu, China

Design Credit:

Sybarite Architects

Landscaper James Corner Field Operations

Lighting Speirs Major

SKP Chengdu is a mall, department store and urban park all rolled into one, and is quite simply jawdropping in scale and imagination.

With masterplanning from Sybarite, it covers 190 acres and half a million square metres of mixed use retail and hospitality, including two huge concept department stores and two mall arcades filled with luxury boutiques.

SKP Park on the top level features 33 botanical landscapes and 39m water sculptures, designed by James Corner Field Operations.

99% of the five level development sits underground up to 30m deep. The whole development only took three years to build.

SKP Chengdu follows the whimiscal Planet of the Apes style storytelling themes of the other amazing SKP stores which opened in Beijing in 2019 (now the world’s top selling department store), and Xian in 2021 (the world’s largest department store).

SKP Chengdu features futuristic design and giant animatronic space monkeys to create the theme of a utopian future where humans have bridged time and space.

Bonkers but beautiful!

Words by Matthew Brown

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