THE NEW EMPORIUM MALL IS THE LARGEST RETAIL LED LEISURE DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH LAHORE, PAKISTAN, CREATING AN ICONIC DESTINATION FOR THE PUNJAB PROVINCE. THE AHR-DESIGNED SCHEME OCCUPIES 2.1 MILLION FT2 OF RETAIL AND ENTERTAINMENT SPACE AND HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO ENCOMPASS A SEQUENCE OF EYE CATCHING CRYSTAL SHAPED STRUCTURES.
The ground breaking multi-million pound scheme will attract a wealth of leading national and international retail brands names as well as a small percentage of commercial activity.
The vernacular architecture offers a calm, dark interior with pockets of courtyards creating pools of indirect light which the Client wanted to invert, creating an idealised shopping experience in the Emporium Mall. This brief guided us to create landmark crystalline forms to stand out from the neighbouring buildings, but still to offer generous, light filled communal space visible through tall openings. Each ‘Crystal’ houses a special retail offer, and the space between generate buzzing event spaces.
Above the mall, a boutique hotel and banqueting facility brings additional life and activity, making use of the lush landscape surrounding the building to enclose exclusive drop off and pick up zones, and creating a real sense of address. The boutique hotel plays hosts to an elegant and timeless Parisian styling, introduced though bespoke joinery and a rich eclectic mix of furniture, finishes and artwork. Level four of the Hotel Crystal houses the main reception, and offers a contemporary fusion restaurant. The Parisian styling continues into the restaurant, which is separated from the main reception area with a bespoke ornate screen.