A building in Shanghai seems to be walking.
Digital light displays, cameras, GPS and sensors are all part of the building’s new “Walkway,” which is meant to replicate a real stroll and allow users to feel like they are taking the leisurely stroll on the sidewalks.
Designed by Cohn & Wolfe and SD Isyaku Wireless, the 3-minute walkway began running on Monday and will be free to the public.
The developers claim that, once installed, the automated, walkable pathway will not only save energy but increase their profits.
“With the Walkway, we can make profits while reducing demand for parking spaces,” Luo Jiuyuan, head of architecture at SD Isyaku Wireless, told Agence France-Presse.
“Through the Walkway, we can even provide a service that leads to the environment or urban improvement.”
The walkway is located in the Shanghai Yangpu District.
Outlined in blue patterns, the way-finding area contains more than 200,000 LED lights that flash photos, text and “storyboard” board layouts.
The structure is able to climb stairs and trusses. Users can also decide to hop on a hoverboard.
Despite the Shanghai Walkway, the city in northern China has already been given a year-round, open-air, super Wi-Fi “walkway.”
The free public Wi-Fi Internet walkway, according to The Paper, is intended to promote tourism in one of the capital’s shopping district.