Even during construction of the mall it was recognized that its retail-focused design would not be a sustainable model in the long-term, expansion to become a more broadly-based mixed-use scheme would be necessary. The introduction of Belarus’s first indoor sky-diving centre operated by iFLY, placed in a very prominent location on the front of the building, was the first step in creating a leisure / adventure sports offer to diversify the appeal of the site.
This 60-key business-class hotel has been designed to act as a secure, self-contained unit with dedicated conferencing, F&B, leisure and sports facilities incorporated to make it a one-stop-shop for visitors. Two wings of guest accommodation flank a multi-level glazed lobby / atrium space crossed by access bridges: this core space overlooks a landscaped pool terrace zone that is also fronted by both the lobby bar and ADD restaurant.
Interior design styling mixes mid-Century classic furniture with contemporary elements and light Classical touches in both the public and private / guest room areas to provide a cool and harmonious overall feel. Some intriguing nods towards the business nature of its operation such as the use of pin-striped fabric for the lobby bar seating are also included along with bookshelf-seating that reinforces the club / library atmosphere of this key meeting space.
One of the main attractions for the regenerated Horton Chapel arts centre is to be its café area, which will act in both a supporting role to the various art and education activities and provide a distinctive draw to the building for local residents. HCM was appointed to create the café space, which occupies what was the chancel / altar areas in the chapel neatly defined by the rood screen into a distinct space.
In the mid-1980s the IMB Plaza office was constructed on what was then the coast road in Lagos’s Victoria Island district. The Pyramid-like building, clad fully in blue glass, became something of a local landmark and a backdrop to many beach parties. Unfortunately, the intervening years were not kind and after changing hands a number of times it finally became derelict and sat empty for a long period.
This multi-level city centre mall is one of Vilnius’s first modern retail developments and while it is still performing well and maintaining a good array of international and regional brands the owners recognized that for it to retain its place in the market a rejuvenation of the interior design and commercial offer would be required as newer and larger mall were constructed elsewhere in the city. HCM was appointed to undertake this task and looked at a variety of planning and design options to maximise commercial potential while minimsing the impact on existing tenants.
The core of this project is the creation of a central atrium / mall space to link two adjoining existing buildings located between the commercial heart and historic dock areas of the Estonian capital. These are the Postimaja Mall, converted from the Soviet-era Central Post Office building, and Coca Cola Plaza a large 11-screen cinema development from the early 2000s. While the two buildings have a synergy of uses and customer-base they are currently separate entities that do not interact with each other or their surroundings.
Starting from a layout prepared by a local architect HCM was tasked with reviewing commercial practicality as well as enhancing pedestrian flows through and around the unified site. Integration of non-retail uses such as healthcare facilities and office accommodation were also key. The latter being organized as a floating structure above the atrium with timber-clad boat-like styling to its soffit.