Retail Centers

With the advent of the internet and online shopping, retail centers need to be more compelling than ever to draw people away from their computers and into physical stores. Design can capture the interest of potential shoppers, and pay off in a big way for business owners.
Foster + Partners designs Apple Store on Chicago River

Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

November 18, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 20,000-sf store draws inspiration from the Prairie School architectural style.

Construction begins on $1 billion Texas shopping center

Jerry Jones' $1 billion development is being built in Prosper, Texas. Photo: Colby Nate/Creative Commons

November 12, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The plan calls for retail space, including a Walmart, along with offices, apartments, and homes. ...

Rotterdam’s ‘ugliest building’ turns into sleek McDonald’s branch

The design team wanted to reactivate the building's function as a hub by increasing transparency in its design using glass and perforated panels. Photos via Google Maps.

October 12, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Since the 1960s, residents of the Dutch city of Rotterdam have been bugged by an unsightly cigar...

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BIG designs lush, terraced mixed-use building

The 79 & Park project will be built next to Stockholm’s Royal National City Park. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

October 07, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Cascading glass and wooden cubes create a form similar to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway roc...

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The Triple Five Group has submitted plans for a 1.1 million-sf addition to the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis. Renderings courtesy city of Bloomington

October 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One phase is under construction, a second has been proposed, and a third is on the drawing board....

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Designs unveiled for 558-foot mixed-use towers in Bahrain’s capital

The ground floor is designed to be publicly accessible, composed mostly of retail and public lobby space. Renderings courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects

October 01, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The development, Bahrain Bay Tower, will consist of two residential towers connected “by a plinth...

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RETAIL SECTOR GIANTS: Callison RTKL, PCL Construction, Jacobs among top  retail sector AEC firms

Strategically placed illuminated LED panels produce a shimmering glow on the exterior of the newly renovated Bloomingdales at the Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif. On the Building Team: Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors (AE), Kevin Kennon Architects (designer), and C.W. Driver (GC). Photo: Cristi D. Costea Photography, courtesy Hixson

September 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest retail sector design and construction firms, as reported...

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Urban developers add supermarkets to the mixes

Whole Foods at Oahu's Ward Village, image courtesy Ward Village by Howard Hughes Corporation

August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several high-rise projects include street-level Whole Foods Markets.

Vallco Shopping Mall renovation plans include 'largest green roof in the world'

The Hills at Vallco. Renderings courtesy Sand Hill Property Co. (via San Jose Mercury News)

August 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The new owners of the mall in Cupertino, Calif., intend to transform the outdated shopping mall i...

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Walgreens’ flagship in Hawaii harkens back to the island’s fishing culture

The flagship store was built at the corner of one of Honolulu’s busiest intersections and near one of the nation’s top-grossing shopping centers. All photos courtesy Architects Hawaii Ltd. 

August 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A house where canoes were made served as the model for this drug superstore’s design. 

Fish-shaped shopping mall designed to fit oddly shaped plot of land

All renderings courtesy Kuan Architects

July 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The mall, in Qinshui, a city in China’s Shanxi province, will fit within the 250x30-meter dimensi...

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Glass-clad, 'communal' Whole Foods approved in Miami Beach

The building at 19th Street and Alton Road will be comprised of a 40,000-sf market and a 5,000-sf Wells Fargo Bank. Rendering courtesy Oppenheim Architects

June 30, 2015 | Oppenheim Architecture

The design for the Whole Food Market features a grid of white concrete representing a pure expres...

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Snøhetta unveils designs for riverfront public market in Portland, Oregon

Construction is expected to begin in 2016. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta

June 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The James Beard Public Market will be Portland’s first year-round market since 1942, when the Por...

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5 ingredients of successful mall design

Westfield Galleria at Roseville, near Sacramento, Calif., features an expanded indoor/outdoor promenade that became a centerpiece of a multimillion renovation led by architect Gensler and Westfield Design. That renovation increased the mall’s annual traffic by 46% and created a “brand” that more shoppers could relate to and want to frequent. Photo: Gensler/Sherman Takata

May 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Entertainment, dining, and leisure components, plus the latest technology, are now crucial to mak...

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Quick service restaurants evolving brand strategy to compete with fast casual

The original Wendy's restaurant in Downtown Columbus. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

May 20, 2015 | JLL

In the race for market share, quick service restaurant staples Wendy’s and Chick-fil-A implement...

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ULI forecast sees clear skies for real estate over next three years

City Creek at City Creek Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Uncle Alf via Wikimedia Commons

May 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With asset availability declining in several sectors, rents and transactions should rise.

To succeed, malls must appeal to shopper lifestyles

Providing customers with dining options has become an important key to the success of shopping centers like the award-winning mall conversion known as The Street, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Photo: Michael Blanchard

May 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Malls and shopping centers are more effective as destinations when their tenant mix appeals to cu...

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Miami ‘Innovation District’ will have 6.5 million-sf dense, walkable space

Designers say the tower is inspired by things associated with Miami: fashion, sculpture, and sailboats. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district...

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Bigger, brighter daylighting in Byerly's supermarket
| April 13, 2015 | Solatube

More natural light was needed, but the project team wanted it to be diffused across large areas o...

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Construction site updates from the new $100 billion Saudi Arabian city

The city constructed from scratch off the Red Sea coast will give its port access to the Suez Canal, reflecting the government’s attempt to diversify its oil-dependent economy by focusing more in its shipping industry. Rendering courtesy of the King Abdullah Economic City.

April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new King Abdullah Economic City was conceived to diversify the kingdom's oil-dependent econom...

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Dubai Announces Construction of Aladdin City

A scene from a sci-fi movie? No, these are the official renderings of the planned Aladdin City in Dubai. Renderings courtesy Dubai Media Office

March 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Planned on 4,000 acres in the Dubai Creek area, the ...

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Foster and Partners design The One in Toronto

Developer Sam Mizrahi unveiled plans for a new skyscraper in Toronto called The One. Renderings courtesy of Foster and Partners.

March 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Developer Sam Mizrahi worked with Foster and Partners and Core Architects to design Toronto's tal...

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Retrofit projects give dying malls new purpose

The Vanderbilt Medical Center at One Hundred Oaks Mall transformed a former 1960s-era indoor shopping mall in Nashville, Tenn., into a mixed-use medical office center for Vanderbilt University. Photo courtesy Vanderbilt University

March 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Approximately one-third of the country’s 1,200 enclosed malls are dead or dying. The good news is...

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Orlando's Skyscraper to be the world's tallest coaster

The roller coaster will be the centerpiece of a new $300 entertainment center named Skyplex. Renderings courtesy Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects

March 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Skyscraper is expected to begin construction later this year, and open in 2016. It will stand...

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Charlotte, N.C., considers rule for gender-neutral public bathrooms

The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room. Image via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gend...

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Commercial real estate developers optimistic, but concerned about taxes, jobs outlook

Brookfield Properties' 1225 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. Photo: AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikimedia Commons

February 18, 2015 | NAIOP

The outlook for the commercial real estate industry remains strong despite growing concerns over...

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First Look: Sacramento Planning Commission approves mixed-use tower by the new Kings arena

An aerial view of the proposed tower, standing next to the new downtown arena in Sacramento. Renderings courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

February 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project, named Downtown Plaza Tower, will have 16 stories and will include a public lobby, re...

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New Appraisal Institute form aids in analysis of green commercial building features

Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that l...

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New shipping container complex begins construction in Albuquerque

Rendering: Green Jeans Farmery

February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Green Jeans Farmery already has a hydroponic farm component courtesy of owner and entrepreneu...

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January 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Converting the Astrodome to an urban farm and public park is one of the proposals on the table in...

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