Shopping Centers Today

NOV 2018

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 / S C T 35 entertainment zone; and a retractable glass atrium. RSP says one of the major design aims will be to "ensure a smooth, continuous •ow of visitors" to the center, which is also to o•er a multi-screen cinema, an ice rink and a climbing wall. Deira Mall is slated for a 2019 completion. In China, malls have also evolved into "multiuse com- munity hubs," which is the way U.K.-based architecture Šrm Benoy describes the 1.6 million-square-foot Joy City Village mall it has designed in Hangzhou. "at mall opened in August as part of the 5.4 million-square-foot Joy City master-planned development. Qin Pang, who heads Benoy's Shanghai studio, says Joy City stands as an "important spatial expression of the city's spirit," uniting municipal, public and private spaces, including ošce and apartment towers. "Our design aimed to create an environment that's forward-looking, engaging and in harmony with its surroundings," he said. "e mall section opened 90 percent leased, with 300 di•erent brands. "e complex also features the Hangzhou Canal Arts Center, built at the site of an old thermal power plant. Benoy also was named architect for the planned COFCO Joy Breeze mixed-use project in Suzhou, China, which is to go up near the entrance of a centralized park. "is 3.2 million-square-foot center ties together retail, entertain- ment and public transport into a 40-year-old residential and retail neighborhood. "We were inspired by a passage from e Analects of Confucius, which speaks of former eras and the feeling of enjoyment in the springtime," Qin said. "Each visit will bring a new experience." Most new retail develop- ment getting built in China is vertical, transit-driven and part of a mixed-use complex, says Billerbeck. "And there is still a huge piece of geography in China that is under- served," he said. Joy City Village, Hangzhou, China (above), designed by Benoy; styling and fitting rooms at Saks Fifth Avenue's New York City flagship (left and below)

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