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Super Normal Design :”The creation of space fundamentally aims at accommodating daily life, and the warm and sentimental moments from the daily routines, which are key considerations in space design.”

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, people’s outlook on living has undergone intriguing transformations.


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The isolation during COVID-19 quarantine prompted city residents to reconnect with their immediate surroundings, echoing anthropologist Xiang Biao’s concept of “the first 500 meters,” who observes that disconnection from our environment and others can leave us feeling adrift.


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As people are increasingly seeking connection with others, visionary property developers are transforming into “urban service providers.” Their shift involves discerning residents’ daily needs for communal spaces, and creating truly community-centric facilities.

Developers are striving to organically optimize urban development from the perspectives of urban functions, ecology, and community.


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Instead of constructing gated communities, real estate developers tend to removing the boundaries. The goal is to encourage residents to rediscover their immediate surroundings, nurture neighborhood relationships, and energize community life.


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In light of this shift, Super Normal Design’s design perspective has moved from mere “physical space creation” to “relationship cultivation.”

This new approach guided all design and furnishings solutions in this project. Super Normal Design perceives space design as creative reorganization of “information” derived from the relationships of people and things, which necessitating holistic design thinking.

The design team engaged in decision-making of the project since its early planning stage. Instead of shaping the physical form of this community-rooted commercial space, they prioritized relationships among residents and businesses to foster an ideal of community life.


▽NEXUS超级十字路口 插画师魏唐辰希 NEXUS Super Crossroads illustrator Wei Tang Chen Xi

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01 超级十字路口-嘉定未来新城  立于理想之地的春熙集 Chunxi – A super intersection


Jiading Future New City is the inaugural project of Vanke’s IUFC program in Shanghai, developed in collaboration with CSCEC. This property development is also known as NEXUS, which stands for “nature, energy, Xanadu, units, and society.”


▽理想之地 探寻人与未来城市的关系 NEXUS explores the relationship between people and the future city.© 韩家英 & NEXUS



Embracing core values of “vitality, low carbon, and intelligence,” the 140,000-square-meter development envisions a technological future, and a humanistic future, aiming to build multi-dimensional symbiotic connections. Master planned with multiple 10-minute walk units, it creates several super intersections integrating apartments, street blocks, offices, businesses, and other varied operations, which sets a model of suburban Shanghai-style transit-oriented development.


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Chunxi, as the first built super intersection in the NEXUS community, integrates hybrid businesses, and exemplifies the fusion of community and market.


▽春熙集功能分析图 Chunxi set function analysis diagram

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02 这一碗粥.才是护城河….食物的幸福链接让社区更有烟火气 A bowl of congee matters…The joy brought by food makes a vibrant community


The design places emphasis on seemingly simple elements like greenery, culinary offerings, and tea gatherings, all aimed at rekindling daily life within a pioneering community situated in the new town. The focus is on fostering interactions among neighbors and cultivating a community imbued with a lively atmosphere and kindness.



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Chunxi realizes an integration of community and market, facilitated by joy derived from culinary offerings, encouraging the residents to encounter new people and things. Its design revolves around four themes – poetry, authenticity, history, and event.



诗 Poetry


A poetic community environment that is natural, healthy, and low-carbon.

实 Authenticity


An authentic experience brought by open kitchens and savory culinary offerings.

史 History


A response to the local historical context through curated scenes that display the past and the future of the site.

事 Event


Facilitating significant events to inspire and foster co-creation within the community.



03 活力、低碳、智慧,理想之地,理想的室内设计 Vitality, low carbon, intelligence


The interior design of Chunxi – a part of the NEXUS community, is intended to align with the development’s core values of vitality, low carbon, and intelligence.


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#智慧 Intelligence


The design team’s primary consideration in interior design was to create a layout that facilitates symbiosis of different types of businesses. The first floor, defined as a “food market,” seamlessly merges dining and shopping areas, optimizing flexibility and expanding outdoor seating areas for tenants.


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A central kitchen with an optimized operational circulation offers more potential for first and second-floor businesses. The open kitchen design enhances visual appeal while fostering closer customer interaction with restaurant owners.


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The second level, conceived as a “food community,” strengthens connection between food and the community. A time-sharing strategy is employed, aiming to facilitate diverse food-related community activities in this space.


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To achieve this, Super Normal Design collaborated closely with Atelier Z+ to optimize the original space layout and positions of pipelines on the second floor, to weaken the boundaries between varied businesses and foster a “food community” capable of adapting to future possibilities.


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#低碳 Low carbon


The interior design emphasizes minimal material consumption. For the zero-carbon coffee shop, Super Normal Design partnered with eco-friendly material supplier OOOBJECT, using recycled materials like coffee, apple, lemon, and tomato grounds as finishes of tabletops and the bar counter.


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Boards made from recycled fresh-cut flower waste, old cargo boxes, and other environmentally friendly materials are creatively employed to craft the display islands through splicing and combination, achieving both aesthetics and flexibility.


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At “Gugu Restaurant,” the design team repurposed white porcelain fragments from Fengxi, Chaozhou, along with marble powder, to craft artificial stone for the bar counter, symbolizing the connection between flour and the countertop in noodle making.


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Similarly, at “JimJim Shop,” the designers applied mullite ceramic to the island, to accentuate the dialogue of the display stand and exhibits, while incorporating vintage furniture into the store.


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At the bakery “Nabor Baker,” the bar counter features variegated beige rough stone surfaces to echo the soft texture of bread, reusing raw stone surfaces – which are unique but typically discarded as waste.


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The greenery wall of the “Shanjiao Pot” stall on the second floor repurposes equipment and plants initially used as a separation wall between the first and second phases of the project.



#活力 Vitality


The key to fostering “vitality” hinges on creating dynamic spaces that catalyze and accommodate activities. This involves thoughtful space layout with a flexible circulation. Display props are designed for easy mobility, disassembly, and reassembly to facilitate dynamic reuse. The planning of electromechanical system emphasizes space reuse feasibility.


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Two AI art installations subtly enrich the visitor experience. The first, a mechanical meerkat at the site’s entrance, imagines a future without humans, featuring dozens of differently shaped carbon-silicon meerkats generated by AI.




The second AI-generated artwork showcases portraits of Chunxi’s operational principals Kang and Beam, which conveys the design team’s vision of integrating AI into social life and fostering vitality.


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▽主理人画像 Master the portrait

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04 用设计的力量创造幸福,用“关系”逻辑替代“物质”逻辑去思考 Enhance wellness through the power of design


Chunxi, as a commercial hub rooted in the community, is designed in a way that prioritizes resident connections rather than the physical space form, through which the design team hopes to bring people together and cultivate a vibrant community life.


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Through this project, Super Normal Design has recognized the evolving challenges for designers in the future. It’s more than about creating spaces; it’s about discerning purposes, exploring alternative solutions, and thinking about what’s the core of problems? How the changes in social and family structures will affect the development of cities? What exactly is emotional value? How does social context influence design? Is it essential to consider the relationship with nature?


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By delving into these questions, Super Normal Design shifts its focus to integrating design into daily life, leveraging common sense and the power of design to enhance well-being.



项目地点:中国 上海
软装团队:王榕 孙晓琴 张金凤

Project name: NEXUS · Chunxi
Client: Shanghai Jiaweilai Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Project location: Shanghai, China
Area: 2,280 square meters
Completion time: October 2023
Interior design firm: Super Normal Design
Design director: Wu Minwen
Technical director: Yang Jianxun
Chief creative designer: Wang Chuangzhe
Design team: Guan Tianda, Wu Ziwei, Yu Xinting, Zhang Huiyi, Deng Laoxian, Zhang Zejin, Xin Siying, Wu Liuchun, Li Min, Li Zekai
Soft furnishings chief designer: Elf Zhang
Soft furnishings team: Wang Rong, Sun Xiaoqin, Zhang Jinfeng
Graphic design assistant: Chen Man
Architectural design firm: Atelier Z+ (The construction control of the wooden roof structures, the interior roofs of store spaces on 2F, the equipment routing and lighting of wooden roofs, and the interior atrium surfaces were taken charge of by Atelier Z+)
Photography: Lu Haha



审稿编辑: Maggie

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