Swedish architectural firm Wingårdhs has designed the Emporia, an inward-looking retail behind a wreath of residential and commercial buildings. It is an urban planning project that features a mixture of offices, housing and retail stores along Boulevarden and Stationsgatan in Hyllie, on the south side of Malmö.
Description by Wingårdhs:
Emporia is first and foremost an urban planning project in which offices, housing, and retail come together in a mixed-use development, of which only the corner of the building with the Amber Entrance has yet been completed.
The diagonal entrance from Hyllie Station Square leads deep into the block. Inside, retail is organized around a three-story figure eight. Shops are grouped together around boldly colored atriums, each with a different theme. On the north side of the complex, a ramp leads into a rainbow-colored parking garage with direct access to the figure eight.
The rooftop park is designed as a bit of cultivated nature. In the future the roof will be developed with outdoor dining and a spa facility—like amusement parks, shopping centers need to offer new attractions at regular intervals. Emporia can expand upward and to the west, but not in any other directions. The freestanding residential buildings facing Boulevarden are yet to be built, as do those that will stand atop the podium along Stationsgatan on the south side.