Design International is proud to announce the opening of Ametzondo Shopping, a new shopping mall strategically located at the junction of motorways A63 and A64, within a 20-minute car drive from the Spanish border. The project, developed by IKEA Centres France and designed by DI, features an IKEA store fully integrated within a shopping centre, with a total GLA of 76,000sqm. Tailored for the inhabitants of the Basque region and beyond, Ametzondo Shopping is expected to welcome over 8 million visitors per year, as well as creating over 1000 direct new jobs.
Floating above the free columns of its ground floor car park, the shopping mall has two levels that host many well-known brands such as IKEA, Carrefour, Go Sport, Cultura, Brice, Jules, BizzBee, Foot Locker, MC Donald's, Sephora, Mango, Acuitis, Articles de Paris, Burton, Celio, Pegast, Pepe Jeans, Rouge Gorge and many more.
Do you want to bring the children along on your shopping trip? Maybe you want to enjoy a relaxing family lunch or dinner? Ametzondo Shopping is the ideal place to go, as a family friendly package has been put in place to ensure the mall has a little something for everyone. For example, the mall seating sections will include kids play areas, there will be a family room and an external kids playground.
The team of architects at Design International has used the influence of nature to reinterpret common characteristics of the Scandinavian design. Always reflecting on IKEA' Scandinavian roots, the true influences for the evocative architecture of Ametzondo Shopping come from the Country's rough climate, with nine months of darkness during the winter and bright summers. Characterised by orderliness and austerity, DI wanted to create a design that combines functionality with familiarity through the use of warm and organic materials such as timber, which has played an important role in Scandinavian design, as well as other main materials such as glass and ceramics. Timber, stones blended smoothly with warm white colour finishes, a water feature and internal greeneries, all create balance and harmony between nature and manmade. Skylights are also introduced to emphasise the indoor – outdoor atmosphere throughout the centre. The result is a symphony of simplicity and elegance.
The retail environment is divided into two sections, the ‘Pebble Mall’ and the ‘Stream Mall’, which enables each part of the shopping mall to carry its own identity. The Pebble Mall has continuity in its soft, curved shapes, breathing in the external day light through its pebble-a-like shaped skylights. The Stream Mall, and the atriums introduce hanging fixtures in the form of a flowing river, which ultimately generate a flowing retail experience. Lastly, the dining area on the second floor is known as the 'Forest'. Restaurant units, aligned in a semi-circle - on the opposite end of the centre from the IKEA store - is curved around a kids-play-area and additional suspended aluminium features, which host several kiosks. What makes the ‘Forest’ unique is that each restaurant has an indoor as well as an outdoor seating area, with a curled shape of the space that creates a sense of unity amongst all the restaurants without actually being a typical food court.
Combining the Scandinavian simplicity and elegance with the Basque traditional architecture known from the house/etche, Ametzondo Shopping delivers a sustainable answer both visually and socially, and it is expected to reach a certification level of "Very Good" from BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).
Design International team: Partner in charge - Lucio Guerra; Studio Director - Kollin Akbar; Design Team - Rizki Nindito, Alessandro Monfregola, Hearan Kim, Francesca Menga, Andrew Kusuma.