Park Square Mall, an inclusive family destination, is an initiative by the Ascendas group. It is the first retail mall in India by Ascendas and has been designed by DP Architects, a multi-disciplinary design consultancy from Singapore which has made its m
The Park Square Mall, positioned within the International Tech Park Bangalore (ITPB) is a lifestyle, food & beverage, entertainment and shopping hub. The mall is mainly targeted at the working professionals and families so more than 50% of the space is dedicated to fun, entertainment, fine dining, lounges and cafes. “Park Square has more than 30 food and beverage outlets and an expansive 500 seat food court. For game lovers, the 24 lane bowling alley by Amoeba is among the largest in India. This is in addition to other entertainment options such as the 4 - screen multiplex by Q Cinemas and a 26,000 sq. ft. gaming zone,” says Thomas Teo, CEO, Ascendas India.
Conceptualized by DP Architects, a Singapore based leading architectural design firm, the mall is spread over a space of 450,000sq.ft of retail, food and entertainment. The malls façade, in line with the entire mall design strategy, is designed to blend with the design of the ITPB office building and the Vivanta by Taj hotel located adjacent to the mall. The vibrant façade features multicolored vertical glass patterns and this vibrancy extends itself to the interiors and the surrounding landscape. The entrance opens into a generous atrium with a skylight allowing a lot of natural light in. The huge atrium dome has store fronts in all levels of the mall, looking into it allowing maximum visibility of events. The most interesting feature is the covered link bridge with escalators which invites people in.
Describing the design strategy in detail, Thomas explains, “The facade of the stores’ within are designed to seamlessly blend with the mall’s lobbies and distinguish themselves based on their respective positioning and design standard. The look of the hip restaurants and food and beverage units befit its fine dining nature along with the cuisine served. The tastes of its visitors, the young professionals and expats have been kept in mind while preparing the cuisine.” The food court referred Eatree flaunts a Mediterranean flavor with an open alfresco dining area facing the Taj hotel on one side and lush greenery on the other. Besides this, the Mall has incorporated various green features such as screw chillers with refrigerant and low IKW/TR, LED lighting and forced ventilation of basement to reduce the CO2 emission along with double glazing with low E factor. Constructing the exclusive link-bridge that connects the Mall and the Park stood as one of the stumbling block as the work needed
to be carried out with precision given the people and vehicle movement below the
bridge. “Another challenge came up during the excavation when we were required to go about 12m deep without disturbing the existing services and roads located near the plot. The excavation was carried out with exactitude without interfering with the surrounding environment,” explains Thomas. Park Square Mall has a pre-planned annual event calendar managed by an in-house marcom team. Thomas explains, “The events at Park Square Mall are designed to celebrate key festivals and occasions.”