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How did you succeed in creating a design which enhances both the shopping centre and the building’s aesthetic?
Traditionally, a shopping centre stands out as a profusion of brightly shining signs with the building obscured behind them. Based on the client’s wishes, we have put the architecture back at the heart of the project so that it speaks for itself.
To do that, we imagined cladding the existing facades with Danpalon® comprising different arrangements, colours and applications. The main facades have been dressed with vertical blades of Danpalon® which really stand out, acting as huge light fittings 8 to 10 metres in height and 2.5 metres from the ground.
The two enclosed entrances are wrapped in golden Danpalon® panels, that emphasise the entry points to the shopping centre. Between the two entrances, the facade is composed of modules of Danpalon® of different colours and heights forming a porch attached to the old structure at a height of 11 metres.
At night, due to a system of back-lighting, the building comes alive and the store signage blends into the colourful nocturnal landscape.
Has the project been conceived around its nocturnal visual appearance?
The idea of these illuminated facades was the common thread of the project. The reason we chose the Danpalon® solution, was simply because of its capacity to reflect the light at nightfall. By integrating a system of adjustable LED strip lights to the interior of the cladding, we were able to work with the lighting and compose different lighting scenarios.
How did you select the palette of colours that cover this vast facade?
The client wanted neutral colours that were timeless, which did not necessarily pick up the brand colours of Immochan since all of their sites are able to have their own architectural identity. Our departure point was the name of the site «Porte des Alpes» and we worked with shades that evoke the mountains and glaciers.
With Everlite Concept, we created a new blue tone, with three variations. We also used a crystal shade and a warmer golden tone to dress the upper parts of the entrance halls.
In the style of the colourful exterior facades, the interior entrance porches are dressed in back-lit Danpalon®® boxes arranged in relief. When the doors open, they create an immersive surprise effect. There is a strong connection between the inside and outside.