We are opening doors.
Patch fittings and more – at the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai
Glass sliding walls at the Adidas shop, London
Revolving door KTC 3 at the Akbati Mall, Istanbul
Automatic swing doors at the Grand Arcade, Cambridge
Horizontal sliding walls at Westfield, London
Door closers and more at the Bikini, Berlin
Automatic sliding doors at the Zorlu Center, Istanbul
Revolving doors at Walgreens, Chicago
Each day millions of people enter a shopping mall by a DORMA door, without realizing it, for one simple reason: At DORMA we never stop working to make the lives of our customers and users as easy and as hassle-free as we possibly can. This elimination of everyday effort is one of the outcomes of the functional integrity of our access solutions.
Modern shopping malls are an integral world in themselves. They provide a unique retail experience beyond the store, with gastronomic attractions, fitness and wellness suites, salons, doctors’ surgeries, solicitors’ offices, cinemas and theatres – all under one roof.
And it’s not just the expanse of area or the number of units that impresses but also, and above all, the architecture. These modern temples of consumption stand apart, providing wide open spaces, plenty of daylight and a pleasant internal climate the whole year round. The enjoyment value they offer is high indeed.
Given the growing significance of online shopping, providing a live retail experience is becoming ever more important. Physical retail outlets are unable to compete in terms of convenience and selection, so they have to provide a different kind of value-add: atmosphere, entertainment, lifestyle.
Dubai has shown the way forward – with a ski resort in the Mall of the Emirates and a gigantic multi-storey aquarium in the Dubai Mall. The CentralWorld in Bangkok has a saltwater lake with sea lions swimming around in it, while the 1 Utama Mall in Malaysia comes with its own rain forest and a huge roof garden. Different again, the South City Mall in Kolkata includes a multiplex cinema.
Asia accounts for the largest number of shopping malls, and also many of the world’s biggest exemplars. However, in the USA – home of the shopping mall (the first shopping center opened in Minneapolis in 1956) – the trend now is moving in the opposite direction, away from large complexes and toward individually designed shopping streets with many small stores.
Many investors are now looking for mixed use solutions, i.e. complexes that offer lifestyle facilities, residential amenities and work opportunities. Fall 2014 saw the opening of the Mall of Berlin, a city within a city located in the middle of Berlin, not far from the Reichstag parliamentary building. The new downtown quarter unites retail and gastronomy with a hotel, offices and residential apartments.
The Zorlu Center in Istanbul offers a similar concept, but in far larger dimensions. The five-function project includes a culture and art center, a hotel, a business center, a shopping center and residences as well.
As mentioned, the biggest complexes, the mega-malls, are mostly being built in Asia. Such as the Shanghai International Financial Center and Shanghai Kerry Center, equipped with a full range of door control solutions, from floor springs to door closers, from patch fittings to accessories.
The master plan of the King Abdullah Financial District offers a perfect combination of mixed use and ecological approach. The gigantic complex is being constructed in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh as a paragon of sustainable urban development.
Already a shining example of an energy-efficient building is the City Square Mall in Singapore. A winner of the Green Mark Platinum Award of Singapore’s BCA (Building & Construction Authority), it operates on 38 percent less energy than conventionally designed buildings. DORMA equipped the mall with ES type automatic sliding door operators together with a large number of door closer systems.