At an atmospheric opening ceremony this month, Compagnie de Phalsbourg unveiled their latest retail development and their first in Spain, Oasiz Madrid. Renowned Architect Gianni Ranaulo designed the buildings for this landmark lifestyle and retail destination. Packed for fireworks, theatrical performances and light shows, the regional community came to enjoy their first taste of the lake views and creative landscape interventions.
The mountains and rocky pools of Madrid’s Torrejon de Ardoz region inspired the bold fluidity of the landscape design. Driving footfall by activating and connecting all the open spaces, two visually interlinked lakes provide both attractive wetland environments and entertainment whilst a series of terraced decks enliven the lake edges with cafe seating and dining. Visitors are directed along sinuous paths in a flowing movement that is punctuated by a series of sensory nodes. These intense gardens concentrate taste and sound, touch and scents, evoking immersive and intangible experiences such as music or memory.
Fun and contemporary, the space is a fluid story of experiences. An open air stage, a huge urban beach, sculptures, oversized bean bags, hammocks and fountains provide inspiring and surprising pockets of play and delight, encouraging the curious to explore. After dark a vast sparkling array of colourful LEDS and cinema screen interventions draw creative buzz to the plazas.
Sustainability was built into the design from inception. 100,000 trees and shrubs have been successfully established, many of which are at full maturity; all roofs either have planted gardens or are covered in sedum; solar panels cover 7500m2; the lake water is recycled and photocatalytic materials were used in construction. The BREEAM Excellent rating is a reflection of the design team’s core innovation and commitment.
In a celebration of culture and community this vibrant shopping and entertainment destination will be a regional draw for many years to come.