Open Sky, a futuristic shopping centre with a beach club, theatre and live music lifestyle
The 90,000 m2 commercial macrocomplex will be located in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) and will house 114 shops, 32 restaurants, a 10,000 m2 lake, and a beach club with an artificial sand beach.
The way we shop has changed so naturally the concept of a shopping centre has followed. With the rise of ecommerce, these spaces have reinvented themselves to offer a more comprehensive and personalised service to an increasingly diverse and busy audience.
New shopping centre models no longer just bring together shops or restaurants, but also cinemas, bookstores, green spaces and gyms. In this transition from shopping centre to shopping resort, the user enriches their commercial experience with leisure and catering zones that they choose according to their tastes and needs.
This is the intention of the Open Sky shopping centre. Located in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), this megacomplex, developed by the company Phalsbourg, will bring together a total of 114 shops, 32 restaurants, a 10,000 m2 lake with water games and lights, a beach club with an artificial sand beach, swimming pools and a jacuzzi, a karting circuit and an auditorium playing theatre and opera pieces.
A sustainable shopping resort
This mega-shopping centre, which is scheduled to be opened next April, has been designed by Italian architect Gianni Ranaulo, who was inspired by the aesthetics and constructive forms of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel. He used it to extract curved, futuristic lines that will now be seen in Open Sky, where the landscape is what shapes the design. Here, space, nature and the individual converge through geometric, open structures.
Understood as a sustainable shopping centre (it was given a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating), there are many trees and green zones around it, thus emphasising this idea of healthy leisure.
Sustainable materials, such as Krion™, have also been used in its main areas. PORCELANOSA’s mineral compact, which gives shape to the outer structure of 17,000 m2 and the ledge of the building, is defined by its intense white and antibacterial nature (it prevents the proliferation of fungi and bacteria). Furthermore, as it is non-porous and resistant to solar radiation, fire and bending, it keeps its appearance intact over time.