Architecture always draws references from its site surroundings. Coimbatore, is a part of south India predominantly famous for textile industry. Proximity to Madurai, makes it reknown for locally sourced stone. The design of the mall is underplayed with cost effective materials as opposed to originally proposed glass and stone, as the mall was caught up in the dull phase of the recession of 2008. Though the planning and circulation has been unaffected, the look-n-feel of the surface treatment of the mall suffered the most.
The opaque masses of the mall are expressed like stone boulders. Spaced with glass strips this got modified to painted walls due to lack of appropriate funds. Clarity of Expression is an usp for a mall to work well and that is a characteristic feature of all mall designs by Arris. Visual connectivity is achieved through simple straight forward lines of shop fronts and atrium edges. Arris has always been particular with mall economics and hence a detailed study of tenant types and their percentage of shop area were worked out, to achieve best results for the owner and the patrons, both. Their signature entrances, one at ground level and other directly at podium, both catering to anchor tenants, facilitate circulation and adequate footfalls to the mall. To avoid haphazard signanges, a central band inside the mall provides sellable signage space on all three sides.
The functional aspect of the mall is of utmost importance and hence the type of tenant mix, which generates and controls mall economics, is worked out and thus designed for. Then the longetivity and the performance of the mall, in terms of design & logistics, is both a researched outcome.