Another fantastic construction shot of Cleopatra Mall’s progress taken by our CEO, Davide Padoa, August 2016. Construction is storming ahead for the mall’s grand opening in 2017.
Why did you become an architect?
It was almost by accident. I decided to enrol at the Architecture University in the Polytechnic of Milan after a brief conversation with a girlfriend from senior high school who was upset due to her father forbidding her to enrol at the University. His argument was that architects could not find a decent job in Italy and she would have had a limited career. I always wanted to work abroad and travel. Something felt right and challenging about becoming an architect: it was a vast platform to fulfil my curiosity, creativity and travel ambitions and eventually modify places that people visit and experience.
What do you like about it most?
The human factor. To me, a good architect is a person that is mainly capable of listening, also what is not explicitly said. I work principally in the hospitality, leisure and retail architectural sector and I like to create stories that our visitors or guests love to experience. Architecture transforms both places and lives; it can create employment opportunities and regenerate communities and the environment. Architecture is guided by vision and imagination as well as financial and technical knowledge. It serves a plurality of purposes – this is what I like the most.
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In just over three weeks’ time, the Design International team will once again head across the pond to Las Vegas for the ICSC RECon Conference, which is being held 22nd – 25th May. The innovative architecture firm has a vast experience on a global scale, and the conference being the world’s largest gathering of shopping centre executives makes it the ideal platform to showcase their award-winning designs.
Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, RECon is the global convention for the shopping centre industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals from around the world.
Exhibiting at Booth C162L, Design International will be displaying to the 36,000 attendees from around the world, an array of exciting projects from across the globe; including the famous Cleopatra Mall in Egypt, the recently opened Il Centro in Milan, and Avenues Mall Silicon Oasis in Dubai, as well as the winning design for Kingdom City Mall in Jeddah.
Design International’s CEO Davide Padoa was in Cairo, Egypt last weekend to check on Cleopatra Mall’s progress. The mall, which is located in 6th October City in west Cairo, is currently on track for an early 2017 opening and set to be a new architectural landmark for Egypt.
Design International is delighted to have been shortlisted for two Global RLI awards this year – the ‘RLI Designer 2016’ award and the ‘RLI Future Project 2016′ award with Kingdom City Mall, Jeddah.
Decided by a panel of industry experts, the RLI Global Awards are presented once a year and open to architecture and design firms with projects within the retail and leisure industry from around the world. This award is a tribute to the designer/firm that consistently and accurately delivers the value of a brand to both business and customers. The panel of industry-expert judges have shortlisted their finalists based on both the design process and its objective and, most importantly, the results.
The Global RLI Awards take place in London at the Natural History Museum on 5th May.
In this month’s RetailME, Davide Padoa, CEO of Design International, spoke about the concept of outdoor retail.
“Most mall developers we’re working with today urge us to create an alfresco effect because people just love dining in the open, soaking in the ambience.” says Padoa.
Read the full article here.
2015 was a very special year for Design International, as the architecture practice celebrated their 50th anniversary. Growing across the globe over the last 5 decades, the practice is now well established with headquarters in London, and further offices in Shanghai and Milan.
Moving into 2016, the Design International team find themselves busy preparing for MIPIM 2016, which is taking place in Cannes 15th-18th March. The Cleopatra Mall architectural model will once again be travelling to the Palais des Festivals for ‘The Wold’s Property Market’ where she will be proudly on display on the Design International stand located at P-1 N.2.
The Cleopatra Mall project will set a new benchmark in mixed-use shopping and entertainment. Its iconic architecture, (described as ‘a wave in the desert’ by Design International’s CEO, Davide Padoa), will become a new landmark in Cairo, Egypt and beyond. The mall will become the commercial heart of 6th of October City, Cairo’s most prestigious expansion zone, serving a total population of over 15 million people. The project’s fusion of old and new, excitement and tranquility as well as interior and exterior spaces will make Cleopatra Mall a symbol for Egypt’s increasing recognition on the world stage.
It has been a busy week for Design International, with a great deal of coverage in the press. Following the celebration of Design International’s 50th anniversary in November 2015, Davide Padoa, Design International’s CEO and principal architect of Cleopatra Mall, spoke to Europe Real Estate on the firm’s most significant milestones so far.
“We tend to design not just buildings but actual products, so it’s like the entire building becomes a reference point for the communities where they’re built”, commented Mr Padoa.
Read the full article in Europe Real Estate here