Arese Shopping Centre, currently under development in Milan, is on track for opening in April this year. Once complete, it will be the largest shopping center built in one phase in Italy, with 92,000 sq m of GLA and boasting over 200 shops, cafés, restaurants, outdoor and indoor sport, cultural, and health activities.
The project sees Davide Padoa, CEO of Design International, collaborating with a consortium of architects including Michele de Lucchi and Arnaldo Zappa. Arese Shopping Centre will be built around a permeable street with indoor buildings, indoor and outdoor squares, porticos, gates, and gardens designed to attract visitors from one of the most affluent populations across North Milan, the Lakes, and Switzerland.
Along with real trees and different plazas with their own identity, Arese Shopping Centre will feature an internal ramp resembling that of the Guggenheim in New York City and a roof supported by one of the largest glulam structures in Europe, which capitalizes on the tradition of covered city streets like Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The shopping destination is also on track to become the most sustainable large scale shopping centre ever designed in Italy, which will be certified Leed Gold.