This week we take a look at some of our favourite shopping centre innovations throughout the world.
Trinity Shopping Centre, Leeds, UK
Opened last week, we have blogged about Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre before as is one of the most important city-centre developments to open in Europe in recent history – and the first shopping centre to open in the UK since Westfield Stratford City opened in London back in 2011. The centre covers a million square feet, straddling three of Leeds’ busiest shopping streets – improving retail prospects for the City Centre rather than drawing trade away to an out-of-town complex. Trinity Leeds brings together the very best of UK High Street retail, aspiring brands and international retailers.
Interactive Info, Budapest, Hungary
This interactive shopping centre display uses a touch screen map with a clear colour palette offering multiple layers of information about each store contained in the retail centre.
Shipping Containers in Christchurch, New Zealand
Here is a great example of a shopping centre created from shipping containers. The use of shipping containers for retail, cafes and art galleries is on the rise in the UK, particularly for temporary pop-up retail concessions such as the BoxPark pop-up shopping mall in Shoreditch that we have recently written about on this blog.
Arndale Centre, Manchester, UK
We like the use of bold graphics in signs and information boards in the centre, some of which describe the rich culture and heritage of the area.
Pacific Place, Hong Kong, China
Designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the Pacific Place shopping centre in Hong Kong uses an innovative wayfinding system to help shoppers find their way around the retail centre.
Beaugrenelle Shopping Centre, Paris, France
Currently under construction and opening later this year, the Beaugrenelle shopping centre in Paris features two five storey high elliptical lattice structures which were designed by French architects Agence Search who won a competition to design the interior of the new shopping mall. The structures will enhance the atriums located at opposite ends of the shopping centre.
Queens Arcade, Cardiff, UK
We love the design of these signs in the Queens Arcade shopping centre in Cardiff. they use a stepped and layered system comprising bold colours and an edge lit acrylic to create an interesting and eye-catching yet functional solution.