Broadway Malyan has completed a six-month project to reimagine a shopping centre attached to a high speed rail station in Malaga.
The refurbishment of the Vialia Shopping Centre on behalf of Brazilian fund Global Armorica has created a new retail destination at the María Zambrano AVE station, Malaga’s main transport interchange.
The 48,600sqm centre has more than 100 stores as well as 10-screen cinema and Broadway Malyan’s intervention has transformed the interior with a contemporary design based on a traditional Spanish monochrome pallet of white and natural timber and a bespoke decorative lighting installation throughout.
The project included the creation of a stunning new entrance from the main hall of the station while the food court has been renovated with modern furniture, interior landscaping and a playground to create a new space for visitors to relax.
The second phase of the project saw the creation of a Workhub aimed specifically at business travellers which offers glazed views into the station from a new furbished area that includes desks with internet connections and charging points.
Jorge Ponce, who heads Broadway Malyan’s Madrid studio, said the refurbishment was part of an ongoing trend of uplifting facilities around urban transport hubs.
He said: “Increasingly the major opportunities for retail development within cities will be around transport hubs as mass transit has a growing influence on how we access and move across our cities.
“Transport hubs need to be more than just interchanges and malls need to be more than just places to shop. Increasingly we are seeing developments around transport hubs becoming destinations in their own right with an exciting mix of retail, food and leisure.
“As a major interchange between the airport and connections across Spain, María Zambrano Station has a high footfall of visitors from across the world and the refurbishment of the Vialia Shopping Centre has created an arrival worthy of Malaga’s growing international status.”
The Vialia Shopping Centre project is Global Armorica first incursion into the Spanish retail market and Broadway Malyan’s first project with the Brazilian investment firm. The practice has now also been commissioned to refurbish the Parque Cueta mall in the Spanish enclave of Cueta in north Africa.
Broadway Malyan is currently working with a number of major funds, developers and operators on retail projects across Iberia with recently completed projects including the repositioning of Intu Asturias near Oviedo in northern Spain and the concept design and delivery of FAN Mallorca for Carrefour, the largest retail mall in the Balearic Islands.
Global Armorica also worked with JMI as main contractors on the Vialia project and Martin y Mazza Arquitectos as project managers.
“Increasingly we are seeing developments around transport hubs becoming destinations in their own right with an exciting mix of retail, food and leisure.”Jorge Ponce, Director, Broadway Malyan