Art Meets Retail
K11 Art Mall
It’s no secret that Hong Kongers love both shopping and art, so naturally the city seemed the perfect place for a unique concept that combined the two interests in one eye-catching space. Gallery-cum-retail-mecca K11 Art Mall opened in Tsim Sha Tsui in 2009, but with the Mainland snapping closely at the HK’s heels in the style stakes, the brand has now seen fit to follow up with an outpost on Shanghai’s Huaihai Zhong Lu.
With walls and installation spaces chock-full of local artists’ works, shoppers are treated to a feast for the eyes and emotions, as well as their wardrobes, when strolling the mall’s floors. Digital works by the local island6 collective are displayed in the elevators, there’s a copper cast of Damien Hirst’s ‘Wretched War’, and even the architectural design of the structure has an artistic slant, with the winding branches of tree sculptures supporting a suspended glass-domed entranceway that ushers visitors inside. On the retail front, the centre plays host to a barrage of high-profile brand-name boutiques (Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana et al.) along with dining and entertainment destinations within in its gigantic 40,000sqm, 6-floored space. An additional 3,000sqm basement level hosts screenings, events, a reading room and, unsurprisingly, even more art courtesy of its Chi Art Space gallery section. Culture meets couture – count us in!