San Marino Outlet Experience

San Marino Outlet Experience

A new luxury outlet destination for San Marino

On the north-eastern border of the Republic of San Marino, at the foot of the hillside that characterizes this area, One Works was commissioned to design a new luxury outlet destination to support the local community and tourism from local towns.

The project assumptions originate with the territorial context, in addition to the commercial objectives. Context is the interventions topography, which uses the hillside to create a "vertical" complex. Terraced parking lots follow the terrains natural profile and the interior pedestrian path winds following a slight slope diagonally across the hillside. An unusual solution for a commercial space, the design concept allows one to read the site topography and at the same time drastically reduces building footprint.

Key Facts

Client: The Market PropCo S.R.L. (Borletti Group, Aedes SIIQ, DEA Real Estate Advisor e VLG Capital)
Location: San Marino
Year: 2015 - ongoing
Floor Area: 19.000 sqm
Awards: THE PLAN AWARDS 2016 (Winner in Retail Future Project)
Services: Accessibility Studies, Architectural Design, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Site Supervision, BIM Design
San Marino Outlet Experience
San Marino Outlet Experience

Context is also the topological nature of the intervention, where space is generated and given form by buildings whose historical references are those of hillside constructions, the scale of the public spaces in relationship to the built volumes, the "overall picture" recognizable in the local panorama, and the prevalence of collective space over individual buildings.

Finally, the context is the subject matter, its articulation and variation within a common register, and the choice of materials and their ability to innovate.

The proposed settlement scheme, which meanders gradually along the hillside permits one to ascend diagonally, fully compatible with commercial activity along the way. The four squares at the extremities, connected by escalators/elevators, allow for alternative routes. All buildings and their shops face onto this path, configured as a sequence of common spaces, typically urban, which can host events of various nature.

Three diverse materials make up the facades, the same are differentiated through perforations, reliefs, and multiple patterns enriching the overall view as one approaches individual buildings.

San Marino Outlet Experience

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