User-friendly mall spaces - Weekend

User-friendly mall spaces

Karl Aries Emerson F. Cabilao, UAP

MALLS are favourite destinations within the metropolis. They come in almost all shapes and sizes, offering a great variety of items and services to people from all over the city and neighboring towns.

ALL ABOUT SPACE. Cebu’s newer malls have incorporated more open spaces and greeneries into their design, such as the Skypark of SM Seaside City Cebu. With more malls rising all over the metropolis, the planning and design of mall spaces are worth pondering over. (PHOTO BY N.S. vILLAFLOR)
ALL ABOUT SPACE. Cebu’s newer malls have incorporated more open spaces and greeneries into their design, such as the Skypark of SM Seaside City Cebu. With more malls rising all over the metropolis, the planning and design of mall spaces are worth pondering over. (PHOTO BY N.S. vILLAFLOR)

A mall is not just a place for shopping nowadays. It has become a rendezvous for almost all sorts of activities that are related to relaxation and recreation. These places are favorites when it comes to meetings, both serious and casual. Movie theaters have long been integrated into mall designs as well adding up to the long list of must-do activities in these buildings. Want to see your favourite celebrities or perhaps an art exhibit or a car show? One of the malls in the city could be hosting these types of events in the coming weeks.

With all the variegated activities that a mall accommodates, it has adopted a mixed-use type of building function. This means that its architectural design and planning must be carefully considered and of course, be handled by a licensed and registered architect. This is to make sure that not only a beautiful building design and efficient layout of spaces are achieved, but the individual enclosures and areas are being given the right treatment to fit the use of the space and satisfy the needs of its users. Today, Weekend readers talk about their ideas on which spaces in the malls should be designed and planned properly.

“I think the atrium of a mall should be designed properly. Malls are a busy place, with foot traffic and noise being the norm. The atrium should be designed to help mall-goers relax and take a break from shopping. It should be a relaxing and inviting environment.” — Kirby Yu, DJ/entrepreneur

“I think that would be the mall’s parking space. Most of the shoppers are having a hard time to park and afraid to do so. I like a parking area with higher ceiling space, wider car space, cooler temperature, less emissions and probably more practical designs. It will give mall goers a luxurious vehicular access, and can be the malls innovative way to attract more customers and generate more sales.” — Aubry Lerio, multimedia artist

“Malls should keep the customers’ needs and convenience in mind and design spaces that provide an overall lifestyle experience for all. Vast, open spaces such as The Terraces and The Roofdeck Gardens of Ayala Center Cebu are a breath of fresh air in our busy metropolis for its greens, water features and art installations. My family and I love malling there not only due to its strategic location and unparalleled selection, but also for its well thought of spaces and amenities from the way shops have been grouped together accordingly, to customer comfort and family lounges, breastfeeding stations and senior citizen and PWD facilities. All these promote a culture of inclusiveness and provide a pleasurable experience for everyone.” — Jaja Chiongbian-Rama, Big Seed PR Events/ Cebu City Tourism Commissioner / Mom of two

“Restrooms, most especially the women’s restroom. More cubicles should be made available for them to lessen the queue. But in general, make sure there’s always tissue, soap and if possible a bidet. I haven’t gone to a lot of different countries but among all the good ones I’ve been to, restrooms are usually always clean and complete with the basic necessities. This is also a good symbolism of our country’s cleanliness and progressiveness.” — Vincent Gregory Santos, News Anchor (Newsteam 13) / Marketing and Personal Relations director for Panasian Medical Technologies

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