Lorin Industries Inc., a global industry leader in the innovation and production of coil anodized aluminum, supplied the anodized aluminum for the unique
shining silver-toned exterior panels for the CapitaMall LuOne shopping complex, located in Shanghai, China.
Designed by famed international architect Moshe Safdie, CapitaMall LuOne’s façade includes a living wall with exterior curtain wall “flappers” made from Custom ClearBrite® and Custom Silver White anodized aluminum provided
by Lorin, which move gracefully in the wind.
The 140,000 square meter, eight-story shopping mall features two stories underground and six stories above ground. With more than 200 retail spaces, dozens of restaurants, a supermarket, and a cinema, the new landmark development is directly connected
to two subway lines.
The innovative living wall design features 160 x 180 millimeter rectangular panels that are attached to spindles, which are affixed to the wall, allowing them to move with the wind. To achieve the architect’s living wall vision, Lorin’s application
experts developed a customized composition for the panels’ anodic layer that balances durability, corrosion resistance, and weatherability with the need to turn easily and smoothly on the spindles.
Working closely with Shenzhen Bond Industry Co. Ltd., Lorin’s China distributor and partner, the team prepared several mockups, including a 10' x 200' section on the side of the building used by the architect to test the panels’ appearance
and performance. After being selected from among several bidders, Lorin and Shenzhen Bond worked with a fabricator who developed the technology to design and fabricate the more than 180,000 panels and, with a local curtain wall installer, installed
these on the building, accomplishing it all in only four months. They also developed different finishes to accommodate reflectivity needs of local residents.
“The architect appreciated the consultation and material selection advice Lorin and Shenzhen Bond provided, which helped them meet their creative vision for the design of this signature building,” said Edward Chen, President and General Manager
of Shenzhen Bond. “With the panels made from Custom ClearBrite® and Custom Silver White Lorin anodized aluminum, the architect achieved the silvery beauty of stainless steel with a material that is lighter, wears better, and can ripple in
even the lightest winds.”
CapitalMall LuOne opened in September 2018.