Large stores & supermarkets
AN OASIS IN THE HEART OF QUITO
How to revitalise a disused space in a former shopping center while respecting its original structure? Working for an investment group from Ecuador, we developed an iconic retail concept in the heart of Quito´s urban and commercial area. By introducing a dynamic skin made from various layers breaking the existing spatial structure, we transformed an anodyne passing zone into a lively meeting and communication hub.
➀ FROM PASSAGE TO URBAN PARK
Due to the configuration of this 3-level shopping center and its unused ground floor, the design didn´t encourage the interconnection and visibility between the different stores and the users. To reverse these limitations, we developed an interior urban park adding a dynamic skin over the existing plant. By recreating a sort of agora made from different layers, we added spatial complexity to the surface to then “break” them into different circuits and micro-spaces containing food, leisure or relaxing capsules encouraging interaction. The natural vegetation added throughout this area helps to offer an oasis atmosphere while providing spatial intimacy without breaking the general visual.
➁ A NEW COMMUNICATION AND SALES POINT
On the upper level, the design takes advantage of the perimeter structure and its central light source to incorporate a screen system communicating the latest store deals and linking the different floors through this high-profile signage element. The surrounding vegetation on these areas also help provide a warmth and privacy atmosphere between plants without compromising the views.