World-famous Shanghai No. 1 Department Store to reopen next month after Chapman Taylor renovation

Chapman Taylor is pleased to announce that the main phase of our renovation of the landmark Shanghai No.1 Department Store on the city’s famous shopping street, East Nanjing Road, is to complete on December 8th. The renovation is aimed at helping the store compete in the age of online retail.

Shanghai No. 1 Department Store, once the largest in the Far East, was opened in 1934, and our renovation scheme is designed to reimagine the famous store while restoring it to its former glory. The old department store and two adjacent buildings will total 110,000m² in retail space, including the department store renovation, dramatic atrium spaces and a Shanghai Alley-themed level.  

The old No.1 Department Store building is being reconfigured to revive the original interior and allow for unimpeded views of the coffered ceiling and reinstated column capitals – with the mix of tenants on each level being carefully selected to set the correct tone for the target market.

The newer, adjoining, No.1 Department Store building (2006) will be made up of two key themes. The Art Deco-themed Grand Theatre will consist of high-end outlets with traditional mall-type shopfronts, open fronts and a large promotional space. The Phoenix Tree, meanwhile, sits on the upper levels and will be relaxing shopping environment reminiscent of the tree-lined streets of the French Concession era, with open shopfronts lining an atrium which also allows for a large promotional space.

These two buildings are on course to be completed by next month.

The final phase of the renovation upgrades the nine-storey former Oriental Shopping Centre, originally constructed in 1996. Sitting across the pedestrian street from the No.1 Building. This part of the complex incorporates completely open shopfronts and open retail space using contemporary designs and vibrant displays, with the intention of attracting a younger demographic. It will be linked by sky-bridges on three levels to the old No.1 Department Store Building.

This phase will be completed in time for the Chinese New Year (February 2018).

Chapman Taylor was selected to design this major Shanghai retail redevelopment after winning a design competition.


For more information, please contact:


Elizabeth Clayton  
Senior Interior Designer (Shanghai)

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