Foundations set at Gensler-designed shopping destination
Phase III of The Avenues, Kuwait’s largest shopping destination, is underway. Located in the Al Rai district of Kuwait City, the mall has been designed in collaboration by the London and Los Angeles offices of Gensler and in conjunction with Kuwaiti developers Mabanee. Phase III will consist of more than 86,000 sq m of retail space when completed in early 2012.
Once complete the third phase will house 545 retail units in total, including 52 food and beverage outlets. The mall has already attracted interest from leading international brands with Harvey Nichols having already agreed terms.
Chris Johnson, managing principal of Gensler London, said of the project: “The Avenues is the region’s premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination and Phase III will elevate this offering, positioning it as a world class retail shopping destination. Truly a retail evolution, The Avenues completely redefines the shopping experience for the consumer; it is as much about place making as it is retail design.”
Located close to the centre of Kuwait City, The Avenues has set a benchmark for high quality retail in the region. Phase I of development opened in 2007 and houses more than 230 retail units including an IKEA showroom as well as retail brands Banana Republic, Gap, H&M, Zara. Phase II opened in 2008, offering over 200 higher-end shops, a large food court and outdoor dining venues.
As well as being appointed lead architects on the project, Gensler’s design teams are responsible for delivering the interior design, way finding and marketing materials.
Mohammed Alshaya, Chairman of Mabanee Co. SAK, the owners and developers of The Avenues Mall, commented: “The pedigree of Gensler, in providing world class architectural designs, naturally made them the perfect partner for Mabanee as we strive to create another exciting chapter in the continued development of The Avenues. The start of the construction is another milestone for our company, and we look forward to our opening in 2012, offering the population of Kuwait a new and dynamic experience.”