Today’s large malls are impersonal, cavernous and anonymous. Spaces are large scale and mass produced having little local relevance. People are forgotten in the rush to internationalism where malls from Minnesota to Malaysia all have the same “formula” and look.
The Orchard is a masterplan that investigates the issues around an existing Australian mall to create a sustainable, cheaper to run and waste reduction future for an ageing asset. The scheme was derived from three ideas of an Arbour, an Aqueduct and an Enfilade as these were seen as simple elements that can fundamentally deal with issues around, shade, temperature control and water management. These were to be woven into the existing mall environment.
The resulting scheme reduces waste, manages resources onsite, increases leasable area, reduces cost of fitout for tenants and merges the natural environment with retail and broader community objectives.