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.

Photo: Reuters/Noah Berger

May 20, 2016 | Julia Love, Reuters

The prototype store borrows features from Apple's hotly anticipated new headquarters in Silicon V...

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5 factors guiding restaurant design

SushiSamba’s 14,000-sf restaurant in Las Vegas is distinguished by a colorful, arching interior design. iCrave was the designer, PWI Construction the GC. Courtesy Forté Specialty Contractors. Click here to enlarge.

 

May 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Restaurants are more than just places to eat. They are comprising town centers and playing into t...

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Easter Eggs highlight directories of new Seattle corporate campus

Images courtesy Michael Courtney Design. Click photos to enlarge.

March 24, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

 

The wayfinding master plan for a tech campus features maps, directions, and, yes, "Easte...

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The Mall of the Future will be a combination community center and gathering place. It will be technology rich, be attached or near living and working spaces, and will provide variety to lure customers for frequent visits. Image: CallisonRTKL's “Mall of the Future” report

March 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

CallisonRTKL foresees future retail centers as hubs with live/work/play components. 

Photo: Lizzielaroo Wikimedia commons

March 08, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

As online shopping becomes more popular, many retailers are rushing to build big box warehouses t...

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For the first time since the recession, office deliveries outpaced office starts in 2015, according to JLL's latest construction report. Image: Pixabay

February 26, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its latest report cautions about ongoing cost increases related to finding skilled laborers.

Westin hotel and transit center at Denver International Airport, Denver. Photo courtesy Gensler

February 22, 2016 | BD+C Staff 

Technology is running wild in Gensler’s 2016 forecast, as things like virtual reality, "smart" bu...

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Spending on lodging construction, like the expansive renovation of the Intercontinental New York Barclay pictured above, should increase by 10.8% to $23.4 billion in 2016. Total spending on nonresidential building is projected to grow this year by 13.7% to $439.2 billion, according to Gilbane. Image: Shawmut Design and Construction

February 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But finding skilled workers continues to be a problem and could inflate a project's costs.

Cushman & Wakefield is bullish on U.S. economy and its property markets

Despite a projected slowing in manufacturing activity, warehouse distribution should continue to be a shining light in the nonresidential sector, for builders and investors alike. Image: Pixabay

February 09, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Sees positive signs for construction and investment growth in warehouses, offices, and retail

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Photo: Pixabay

January 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

CDM Research finds only a few positive signs among the leading sectors.

Aged chimney in Baku sees new life as shopping center totem

Images courtesy Cintec.

December 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For the Twin Towers of Port Baku, the restoration requires an elaborate anchoring and stabilizati...

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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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