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High quality architecture and design are essential if blended uses are to work together and to ensure that destinations offer something new, fresh and original.


Time Out Market New York – CREDIT Filip Wolak

At the end of May, Time Out Market New York became the latest food hall to be opened by the entertainment publisher, featuring 21 eateries with food from some of New York’s top chefs and restaurateurs, cocktails from renowned mixologists and cultural experiences by local talent – all handpicked by Time Out New York’s editorial team.
It is situated across 21,000 sq ft and two floors of the historic Empire Stores at 55 Water Street, Brooklyn and, with Miami and Boston also open and Chicago to follow next, then Montreal in a collaboration with Canadian-based investor/developer Ivanhoe Cambridge towards the end of the year, openings will slow to one per year: Dubai in 2020, London in 2021 and Prague in 2022.

“All the design work has been handled in-house and we have retained the same signage and branding throughout each Market, echoing the strong brand signposting in the publications,” says Time Out Market Commercial Director Jessica Parrish. “However, each space is very architecturally different, so at each site we look at how we can best use the architecture and position.”


Everything about Bangkok’s landmark $1.6bn Iconsiam complex defies definition. The development on Chao Phraya River is a 750,000 sq m mega-destination, with a veranda inspired by the 12 indented corners design often found in Thai construction, and shaped to resemble a Thai decorated basket. It includes retail, residential, offices and dining but its retail areas blend the mall with an eclectic mix of international names and local Thai artefacts.

Iconsiam – Bangkok, Thaïland

The plan of each of six floors draws inspiration from the shape of a budding lotus, featuring on the ground floor three major areas: Sook Siam, showcasing local products; luxury retail area Iconluxe; and Veranda, a multi-outlet dining experience.
Sook Siam has been designed to make visitors feel as if they are in a large city, complete with streets, canals, and modern structures. “Icons within Icon” is the design concept for the middle floors, featuring a set of four triplex retail towers, each of which has a 360-degree façade. The fourth and fifth floors make up the Iconcraft section, focused on creative design products and handicrafts.

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Mark Faithfull is Editor of the MAPIC Preview and News Magazines, as well as Editor of online publication and analysis specialist Retail Property Analyst.

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