Design unveiled for Auchan shopping centre extension at Rescaldina, Milan

Chapman Taylor’s design for the second phase of the Auchan shopping centre refurbishment in Rescaldina, near Milan, has been unveiled.

Phase two will create a 25,600m² extension building containing two new malls and piazzas – the ‘Forest’ and ‘Air’ galleries. A treetop pedestrian walkway through the adjacent grove of trees on one side of the centre will bring visitors in at first floor-level to the Forest gallery.

The design of those spaces will complement the ‘Water’ and ‘Mountain’ galleries designed by us for the existing centre (known as 'Porte dei Laghi', or ‘Doors to the Lakes’) – all combining to bring the natural colours and elements of the surrounding environment through the doors. This apparently seamless connection between the interior and the exterior is a key focal point and symbol of the renewed development.

Chapman Taylor designed both phases of the Auchan shopping centre development, including restyling the building façades.

Construction of the extension building is set to start in autumn 2019.

Gianfranco Lizzul (Dr Arch RIBA)

Director, Milan

Gianfranco joined Chapman Taylor in London in 1987. He became a Director in 1996 and is responsible for projects and business development in Italy.

He was instrumental in establishing the Milan studio in 2002 and now leads this part of the business.

In addition to his design expertise in retail and mixed-use developments in both Italy and internationally, Gianfranco is also a specialist in the design of marinas and resorts.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Hospitality / Mixed-use / Marinas

Gianfranco entra a far parte di Chapman Taylor a Londra nel 1987. Diventa Direttore nel 1996 ed è responsabile per i progetti e lo sviluppo aziendale in Italia.

Gianfranco è stato fondamentale per l’apertura dello studio di Milano nel 2002, che da allora dirige.

Oltre alla sua esperienza progettuale in progetti commerciali e multifunzionali sia in Italia che a livello internazionale, Gianfranco è anche specializzato nella progettazione di marine e resorts.

Aree di competenza:

Retail / Hospitality / Mixed-use / Marinas

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