Other destination retailers are realising their role to provide services for the public to use and enjoy, thoughtfully integrating distancing and wellbeing into retail design.
In Tokyo, Pan-Projects has created The Playhouse, a multi-storey adaptable retail space that doubles as both a retail destination and a rentable space for talks, theatre and meetings. Created with the impact of Covid-19 on shopping habits in mind, it uses retractable wooden doors and draped textiles to challenge the conventions of destination retail, allowing culture and activities to co-exist with the retail space.
Similarly uniting retail and activities is The Commons. Its plant-filled, wellbeing-led mall in Saladaeng, Bangkok, encourages city dwellers to decelerate. More than 30% of the space is open-air and public, with upper floors that can be booked for locals to practise yoga, perform music or participate in art and dance workshops. 'The Platform is a new concept space adopting the sharing economy approach as a driving force for the space,’ says the Department of Architecture, creators of The Commons.
Also embracing biophilia is Brisbane mall the Hyperdome, which was revamped in 2020 by owner QIC Global Real Estate to meet the evolving needs of the local community and the region. The renovation uses natural light and plants to ease shoppers back into bricks-and-mortar shopping; its atrium resembles a pergola with overhead greenery, while sensory play spaces bring the outdoors in.
'The objective was to deliver a welcoming environment in response to the local community’s desire for family and togetherness'
Quatro Design, creator of Hyperdome's plantscapes.