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PROJECT DETAILS
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Shimao Properties
ARCHITECT
Masters Architectural Office
FABRICATION/INSTALLATION
Shanghai Taiyo
Kogyo Co. Ltd.

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ike a sinuous paper dragon in a Chinese parade, bobbing and weaving between rooftops and
towers, the Shimao "Dream Street" Plaza canopy floats above the sidewalk in a bejeweled state.
Composed of about 406 trapezoidal ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) cushions, it is framed
in a long unfolding strip on structural stilts that range between 50 meters at the low point to
69.4 meters at the highest. Shishi City, located in Quanzhou region of south-central China, is one of
the numerous urbanized areas that have developed rapidly over the past 10 years.
This city is the work of Shimao Properties, one of the largest development companies in the
country. This planned urban cityscape includes a five-star hotel, office buildings, a commercial street
and retail center, a large Ferris wheel, family villas and mansions, living quarters for the elderly and
educational facilities for children. The city is planned for an eventual population of 20,000.
As part of the first phase of development, Shimao Skyscraper City plaza focuses on the Dream
Street canopy as a "honeypot" to attract visitors and high activity. Covering an area of about
12,000 square meters, at a length of 532 meters, it is the world's longest canopy skylight. Masters
Architectural Office designed the canopy to integrate computer-generated and programmed lighting
to project special lighting and eye-mesmerizing effects with sound. The themes include "walking the
universe," scenes of nature or live world events.
Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo Co. Ltd., the fabricator and installer of the canopy, used advanced 3D
cutting technology to achieve the accuracy and arching height and precision needed to meet
stringent coastal codes for loads and water drainage. Working closely with the project management
company Zhou, Wengang and the graphics company Zhang, Ying, Shanghai Taiyo successfully
completed one of its largest projects on one of the tightest construction sites it has ever worked.
This project was an Outstanding Achievement winner in IFAI's 2018 International Achievement
Awards competition. -B.W.


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