The architects at Mulleners + Mulleners architects, responsible for redesigning the mall, came up with a vision to emulate the wonders of famous commercial hotspots across Europe.
“Just like in classical malls that you find in The Hague or in Milan, we wanted to create a mall which is pleasant, light-coloured and spacious. raising the roof and allowing penetration of daylight makes the space more pleasant and clearer,” says Daniel Didden.
The owner of the building, Hans Geveling, agrees while adding a financial consideration to the project. “The shopping centre was oriented inwards, low, dark and shut in, and in that sense it was no longer relevant for the times. another objective was of course to achieve a lettable and profitable investment. And this succeeded.”
Also as Hans Geveling might already be aware of, research into the area of skylights in retail buildings has revealed a remarkable positive relationship between sales and daylight. according to these studies an average store is likely to raise sales by up to 40 % just by adding skylight.*
* Heschong Mahone Groupe (1999), Skylighting and Retail Sales - An Investigation into the Relationship Between Daylighting and Human Performance, Pacific Gas and Electric Company.