Galleria Centercity Department Store by UN Studio

Galleria Centercity Department Store by UN Studio

Galleria Centercity Department Store by UN Studio

Galleria Centercity Department Store by UN Studio

This building both amazes and terrifies me. I mean, it’s a beautiful building, and the structure is extremely creative, but it’s also a 10-story mall, which is absolutely ridiculous, that’s the last thing anyone needs. That said, maybe it’s a new kind of mall? Here’s how a designer from UN Studio, the architects behind this project, describe the building:

“The department store is no longer solely a commercial space, it now offers the architect the opportunity to build upon and expand the social and cultural experience of the visitor. If today we are seeing the museum as a supermarket, then we are also now seeing the department store as a museum.”

So really the intention is to shift the idea of what a mall can be to perhaps be something else entirely? It’s a really interesting concept for sure, but I wonder if people will view it as such, and if they do, how does someone managing a place like this make that happen? It’s almost like they’d have to put a bunch of psychologists in a room with a bunch of environmental designers to make the magic happen. If you’d like to see more photos of the building, you should click here.

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2 Comments Galleria Centercity Department Store by UN Studio

  1. Brennan July 6, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    Living a few hours away from the 5th largest mall in the world (West Edmonton Mall) I will say it’s utterly ridiculous to have such massive, massive malls.

    But I wonder: If it’s designed properly, could you not foster a sort of plaza effect? I mean, the downtown of smaller cities could be considered a giant outdoor mall in themselves and yet feels very organic and personal.

    Perhaps they could create that feeling, but inside?

  2. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon July 6, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    I think you hit the nail on the head when you mention plazas, which in my mind evokes the idea of small businesses. When I see structures like this, I think Hot Dog on a Stick and H&M.

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