Palace 66 was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, that located in Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates The new Palace 66 complex operates as a modern interpretation of the city’s traditional merchant heritage. Inspired by the neighbouring Sixteenth Century Imperial Palace, the retail structure uses a choreographed series of glazed, deflected roofs to highlight the bustling interior activity while reflecting the city’s past.
The building’s skin, composed of glass and metal screens, opens up the interiors and connects it to the outside activity. Inside, the building features a grand atrium at the centre of the complex, providing a naturally lit public gathering space for a city dominated by long winter months. The atrium and roof structure become a glowing beacon against the Shenyang skyline at night.
Palace 66 is expected to receive LEED gold by the end of 2010. The building’s environmentally sustainable features include a photovoltaic power generating system, high-performance, low-emissivity glazing, ground source heat pumps and a grey water recycling system – all aimed to help the retail structure reduce annual electricity use by more than 20% and water consumption by more than 40%.