PIXEL | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
MVRDV’s Pixel, an 85,000-square-meter mixed-use development in Abu Dhabi, is now under construction following the appointment of construction company CNTC as the project’s main contractor. Featuring shops, apartments, offices, and amenities situated around a lively communal plaza, the design enables a lifestyle based around outdoor living and community spirit – an innovative approach in the Emirates. Pixel is the first project under construction in Makers District, a new development on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island that is billed by developer Imkan as the new heart of the city, providing a creative counterpart to Abu Dhabi’s cultural hub on the nearby Saadiyat Island. Capitalizing on the cosmopolitan spirit of Makers District, Pixel is envisioned as a development that embraces the outdoors and creates a sense of community, deviating from the prevalent typology in the United Arab Emirates of disconnected towers.
YORKVILLE – THE RING | HONGKONG
Lead8 has recently announced its appointment to Hongkong Land’s unveiled “Yorkville – The Ring” in Chongqing – a retail development that boasts one of the largest indoor botanical gardens in China. Located in the Jinzhou Business District, within the Liangjiang New Area, “Yorkville – The Ring” is being developed in the residential center of the city. The retail-led destination is situated next to Yorkville, the high-end residential development, also developed by Hongkong Land, which borders Zhaomushan Forest Park. The scheme occupies a total of 430,000 sq m, with approximately 154,000 sq m dedicated to the 7-level mall, 14,000 sq m to the retail street, 111,000 sq m to the super grade A office building, and 6,000 sq m to the indoor botanical garden. Direct connections to Chongqing Metro Line 5 (completed) and Line 15 (still being planned) will offer convenient access across the entire city. The mall is set to introduce new retail experiences for the industry and Chongqing.
TIME OUT MARKET MONTRÉAL | CANADA
Montreal will soon be home to Time Out Market, the food and cultural market that brings chefs, drinks, and cultural experiences, based on editorial curation, under one roof. Time Out Market Montréal has recently revealed the first top chefs and restaurateurs to join, including some of the city’s most acclaimed names. Across 3,700 sq m, it will offer a curated mix of 16 eateries, a demonstration kitchen, a cooking academy, three bars, art and cultural spaces, and a retail area. Visitors will be able to explore fine dining from a variety of eateries and then come together with family and friends to enjoy their meals – on china and with flatware – at communal tables located in the center of the market. Cooking classes with top chefs, cultural experiences, and live performances by local talent will also be offered. Set to open in 2019, Time Out Market Montréal will be the centerpiece of Centre Eaton de Montréal on Sainte-Catherine Street, a landmark downtown destination owned and managed by global real estate leader Ivanhoé Cambridge, which is currently investing more than CAD 1 bn in the revitalization of Montréal’s commercial core.
GROZNY MALL | CHECHNYA
Grozny Mall will combine innovative architectural solutions and multifunctional infrastructure. The shopping and entertainment center will be the largest of the North Caucasus Federal District. It will be located on the bank of Sunzha River, opposite the MFC “Akhmat Tower” and a pedestrian bridge, which will also be used as a gallery. The creation of Grozny Mall should help increase the tax base as well as tourism and the investment attractiveness of the region. In addition, the project will create approximately 4,000 new workplaces. Due to its multifunctionality, modern architect, and design solutions, as well as transport accessibility, the shopping and entertainment center will likely become popular among the residents of the region as well as visitors from adjacent regions. Smart Building, LLC, the developer, has engaged companies that are experienced in the building and development of malls to execute the scheme. Chapman Taylor is responsible for the architecture, and Colliers International Group has been tasked with the leasing of the sales premises.