Sunday, January 6, 2008

Malls in India

"Circulation in the context of shopping centres should be created to enable the space to conveniently accommodate movement of people around the mall both horizontally and vertically."

"Space within a store should be designed in a manner in which a harmony, relationship and movement of traffice between different areas is maintained. Food courts in mall should be strategically located in such a manner that the peripheral noise is avoided, but at the same time facilitates maximum visibility. The obvious reason: to increase the number of footfalls (which may increase the number of conversions) in the shopping centre. Clear demarcation of spaces also acts as a guide for a customer while strolling inside the store."

"Retailers today demand more column-free spaces for the optimal utilisation of leased area and more height for the appreciation of spaces in the store. The need of large lobbies and circulation spaces such as atrium and lounges has increased the loading of gross leasable area (GLA) over the super built-up area in shopping malls. Most mall developers in India have been traditionally charging 25-30 per cent as a loading factor on usable area. This is because the sanctioning authorities include the area consumed by lobbies, lounges and atriums in the calculation of total floor space index (FSI). Global standards, in contrast, suggest that five to 10 per cent of the toral built-up area is allowed free of FSI for such areas in shopping centre design."

'Malls in India: Shopping Centre Developers & Developments' (www.landmarkonthenet.com)

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