Twelve Architects gets the go ahead for major retail scheme in Ekaterinburg in Russia
London-based practice Twelve Architects has been granted unanimous approval from the City Administration of Ekaterinburg in Russia for a 120,000 sq m retail mall, which forms a key part of the regeneration and expansion of the city.
Russia’s fourth largest city, Ekaterinburg has a population of some 1.5m. As the city expands, the northern district – traditionally the industrial centre – is being transformed with new commercial, retail and associated development.
Twelve Architects’ scheme for Cosmonavtov Mall aims to reinvent the retail mall in Russia, replacing the simple, single-entrance boxes that are prevalent throughout the country with a dynamic, multi-level development. The design creates multiple entrances that relate to the current and future surroundings with an extension of the pedestrian streets into the mall. These streets will lead to a range of plaza spaces, all covered by a glazed roof. It will be a destination for people to meet, shop, dine, entertain and enjoy range of leisure activities, as well as a venue for public events, fashion shows and music performances.
The vision for the external form is to transform the traditional retail box and create a landmark identity more akin to a major public building to attract retailers and the public.
The facades will be clad in black glass and perforated anodised aluminium while integrated large media screens will accommodate branding and advertising displays.
The building is arranged over three levels; the lowest predominantly housing car parking and perimeter retail with two 42,000 sq m levels of retail and leisure above. Situated next to Pyshminskiy Lakes Park, the development will connect to two new tram stops as well as bus and cycling routes.
The retail plan has been developed with Cushman Wakefield and Twelve’s local multidisciplinary office R1 Design Bureau.