Category : Shopping Malls & Arcades Project : Mondeal Retail Park GOLD : Blocher Blocher India
Located at S. G. Highway, Ahmedabad, Mondeal Retail Park stands as an exceptional shopping centre housing retail outlets, services and restaurants. After the first retail boom - reflected in the upcoming of uncountable shopping malls – began to fade, Ahmedabad witnessed retail in a brand new dimension: the Mondeal Retail Park, which houses some high-end premium brands. The architects provided the building ensemble with an absolutely original and beautiful façade. The outstanding surface of exposed concrete, which shimmers in variations of beige in the Indian sun, is segmented into thin, horizontal grades. By doing so, the building appears to be filigree despite its monolithic cubature.
Blocher Blocher India started the design phase with a basic idea: High-end brands need new architectural solutions to fully enfold. Until now, there were mainly two possibilities for India’s premium retailers-- either establish a shop in a high-street or move into one of the many malls which often weaken the brand experiences. Led by these essential thoughts, the architects developed the design for the retail and business park with 16 independent units. Each brand or company can gracefully design the building with a separate address, fostering individuality and independence.
One architectural style was spread over the façade of the four building entities to give the retail park its own identity. From the beginning, it was equally important to create an attractive outdoor area. This resulted in the new interpretation of the ancient agora principle: many stores located around a central public plaza which invites to linger around and enjoy the day.
The retail park is also a place for contemplation and relaxation with its grand central plaza. Polished granite marks the walking paths to achieve orientation. The floors of other areas are made of cobblestone. In addition, green spaces and water surfaces contribute to the laid-back atmosphere. All of this is tenderly shaded by large-size sails – illuminated for an indirect lighting. Concrete benches with warm wooden surfaces invite to rest and harmonize perfectly with the facades of the Retail Park. The whole project unites family, leisure and shopping