Shopping Center, Wallis (Switzerland)
The shopping center in the Swiss canton of Wallis (Valais) was planned and built within one year’s time. By the end of 2002 it had been leased out completely.
With an attractive mixture of commercial retailers, services and restaurants it has quickly become an attraction drawing customers from near and far. Its central and easily accessible location close to the autobahn, a parking lot with over 400 spaces and good connections to public transportation make shopping easy and comfortable. The two anchor stores are Magro department stores and Athleticum sporting goods.
The concept of this shopping center is entirely new in Switzerland. Contrary to other shopping centers designed as malls this is an open-area shopping center with stores facing out. Thus, all stores have the benefit of daylight. The clear, classic-modern architecture and aluminium-colored corrugated sheet façade give the Center an air of lightness and transparency despite the 10,000 square meters of retail space.