Showcasing the talents of 100+ architects, artists, and designers, K11 Musea is a mall, but not as you know it. Adrian Cheng's ambitious project is a multi-sensory feast of retail, dining and entertainment where no inch is left unadorned or embellished.
Feted architects James Corner Field Operations (NYC's Highline), and Kohn Pedersen Fox (HK's ICC and Roppongi Hills, Tokyo), are responsible for the structure, while inside is akin to stepping into a gigantic, exquisitely-lit magical tree. If you only have time for a quick peek, beeline to the cathedral-like Oculus Hall, containing the gossamer-like spherical floating room, The Gold Ball. Should you have lil' longer, stroll right on...
Five floors of retail are each marked with individual scent profiles, aesthetics and lighting. Among the glittery big names are Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Virgil Aboh's Off White and Asia's largest branch of the MoMa Store; LUXE fave Kapok has its own concept on the third floor.
Art abounds in the form of sculptures, installations, street art and murals. The vast collection showcases both local talents, like Graphic Airlines and Start From Zero, to major Chinese artists incl. Chen Zhen and a host of international creatives including Erwin Wurm and Ron English.
While we're frankly bemused by the idea of ever eating in a mall, there's a global feast of mid-retail refuelling options, including Japan's Happy Pancake, London's Avobar, Parisian boulanger celebre Gontran Cherrier, Fortnum & Mason, and artisanal coffee shops, gelato stands, and noodle bars aplenty.
The city's first urban biodiversity museum is the crowning glory of 50,000 sq ft of living walls, and a limestone stepped exterior designed to bring green to Victoria Dockside in the style of traditional rice terraces, each of which adds a distinct function and value to the building.
Little art lovers are well catered for, with several designated kids areas including Donut Playhouse, designed by Danish playground specialists Monstrum, and outdoor Peacock Playground, which features a helter-skelter and water play.
But wait, there's more...
Check out the tours spotlighting architecture, art, furniture (all free); The Nature Discovery Park has an entry fee of $65.
Newly minted L'Ecole School of Jewelry Arts is the first Asian outpost of Van Cleef & Arpels' prestigious jewellery school, offering workshops and classes.
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