Tilal City MallSharjah
United Arab Emirates
Design Achievement - The location and site of Tilal City Mall is a key component of an overall masterplan that will position a famed retail and entertainment destination for success. The design intent behind this project starts with a park, which becomes a transitional element between the city and the masterplan’s nucleus, the mall. DLR Group's design and planning maximizes the benefits that the site has to offer by taking advantage of the views towards the park to create unique experiences and destinations for all guests. The idea is to extend the park into the shopping mall to create a continuous sensory experience between nature and leisure. Bringing in landscaping elements and water features into the mall’s entry creates a smooth transition between the two different spaces. The geometry of the entry opens up to a large outdoor piazza which creates a synergy between natural elements, from the park and retail elements to the outdoor cafes in the mall. Cutting back the ring road that separates both plots ensures pedestrian-friendly access from the park to the mall, while establishing the park as one of the mall's primary anchors. This is also a key element of new urbanism which not only enhances the user's experience but also augments the asset’s performance. Vehicular access to the mall happens through the west side of the mall. This entrance offers a drop-off and valet service. The ring road on the east side of the mall is cut back at the ramps descending down to underground parking. The planning and layout of the mall is intuitive to ensure a pleasant shopping experience. Primary retail anchors include a large hyper market on the ground floor with easy access from the underground car park; a wide variety of different mini and large department stores; cinema; family entertainment center; state-of-the-art food court with exterior terrace; and unique dining concepts including exterior dining options, signature restaurants, and shisha lounges. Close proximity to the park elevates and diversifies dining and shopping options with an al fresco experience.
Scope Summary - The scope of work for this project includes a 728,500-SF, three-level mall; a 20-story tower with 8 levels of hotel comprising 120 rooms; and a 2,820-stall parking garage. DLR Group provided planning and architecture services.