The Minto Shopping Mall: Interior Design sets New Standards

With its premium shopping concept the Minto in Mönchengladbach presents a futuristic shopping experience and an outstanding quality of habitat; urban design, comfortable, inviting, enjoyable, sensuous and magical, coupled with premium services and convenience in all public areas. In short, a customer trip for all the senses.

The interior design of the mall was developed and realized in close cooperation with Unibail-Rodamco and its Interior Design Department in accordance with the 4* concept of UR: from the multi-sensory “Highlight Facades“, the rest areas in the boulevards, the Food Court, to the Signage in the mall and the car parks as well as for the lift lobbies and restrooms.

The connection of nature and architecture is not only reflected in the Minto’s exterior design with its horizontally oscillating belts and vertically arranged lamellae, but is continued through its interior in a total of 42,000 square meters across four floors. Natural materials, organic shapes and nature soundscapes characterize the interior design. The “Home of 5 Senses” however makes aware the holistic experience more comprehensively and presents itself consistently as a multi-sensory approach under the aspects “see, feel, hear, taste and smell”, culminating in the five “Highlight Facades”. The guiding theme of the Minto, “Feel at Home”, is about creating a complete feeling of well-being through the stimulation of all the senses. For example, by the haptic qualities of the materials, by the individuality, by the high quality and variety of the interior design related to that of private dwellings.

Focus Highlight Facades

The perfect synthesis of all sensual and awe effects in the interior design are the “Highlight Facades” which stretch over several floors. The characteristic spatial and atmospheric elements lure through material and shape an interaction and are both eye-catching and an attraction for the adjacent shops. Find here details on the design concept: “Highlight Facades”.

The Food-Court – Meet & Eat

Just like at home, this feeling evokes also a completely new type of food court, where hungry guests can make themselves comfortable in the kitchen, the living room, the conservatory or the library. Individually designed  “rooms” become the community dining areas for the eleven different restaurateurs. A roof terrace completes the equally so inviting, as important, gastronomic area of ​​the mall. Find details here: Food Court.

The Minto Customer Journey: aesthetic, relaxed, eventful.

From the pioneering design of the intuitive Parking Guidance System leading to one of the 110 stores, to the exclusive service Welcome Desk and the luxurious family washrooms, onto the noble lift lobbies and the many uniquely designed rest islands – the stay at the Home of 5 Senses becomes a relaxed as well as exciting customer journey. All thanks to a clear and structured signage, full of creative highlights. Organic shapes pleasing to the eyes, be it on the ceiling signs and steles or the welcome boards in front of lifts and escalators. Colour codes, for such as the assignment of the stories, do not only facilitate orientation but also display imaginatively on the walls in large graphics and are reflected in the pictograms. Find here details on the whole Guidance System in the Minto: Signage.

Visitors can surf the web in the free Pad-Lounge, refresh their make-up in the feathery white Ladies Rooms, and take care of the little guests in a nursery corner on a designer chair.

Minto: A Shopping Mall for all the senses!
  • Date: 2. April 2015
  • Skills: Mall Design, Food Court Design, Signage, Restrooms, Multisensory Experience
  • Client: Minto, Unibail-Rodamco
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