Posted by Rog the Dodge on June 28, 2003 at 12:42:08:
In Reply to: are all shopping malls alike? posted by forester on June 27, 2003 at 08:54:33:
Like all commercially-generated building types malls have a generic plan of absolute simplicity: goods in and rubbish out at one side, people in and purchases out the other. In other words continuous access internally and continuous access externally. Every unit in the mall has to back on to the service yard. Start stringing them all together, irrespective of how twisted the plan and what you have is a donut the indents and bulges to the dictates of that plan but never actually transforms its basic shape. Straight through malls are a variant in the shape of a chocolate eclair. Over and above this there has to be segregation between the service yard and the customer car parking. None of these issues is especially difficult to resolve functionally. Architecturally the mall presents a big relatively dumb facade to the outside and a complex interior which is where most designers spend their energies. Uniqueness in mall design is transitory and usually responds to fashion in interior design.
If you're thinking of taking this on as a student project and hoping to find something new I'ld be very cautious if I were you. It seems to me there needs to be more substance in the basic architectural idea. Best of luck, whatever.
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