Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Umraniye Retail Complex - FOA

Yet another amazing construction from FOA, so complex and intriguing that it begs to be studied.

The Umraniye retail complex formulates a new prototype of retail developments in antithesis to the usual out-of-town retail boxes. The provision of underground floor space used for a new urban square is the centre of the scheme. The square is activated through a number of new pedestrian routes. All roofs are planted with vegetation, and connected to the surrounding topography at several points, with provisions of roof lights. All other elevations and floor surfaces are treated in the same material, earth-coloured ceramic tiles that incorporate various degrees of perforation.

No comments: