GALLERY MALL – It’s a big, open space with big, wide walls.
And it’s also a mall.
The Galleria Malls in Milan and Milanese city, home to the Italian city’s main shopping district, are opening to the general public on July 1.
Its the first mall in the Italian capital to open in more than a decade, as a result of the construction of the Galleria, a multi-million-euro redevelopment of a shopping mall on the edge of Milan.
The Galleria is being redeveloped to a more urban, modern and upscale setting.
“The idea is to attract people from all over Italy to the city and to live there and enjoy the shopping,” said Stefano Galiotto, the president of Galleria.
This new shopping centre, designed by Italian architect Giorgio Armani, will be a “modern, modern city centre”, Galiotti said.
A large number of shops are set to be renovated in the mall, with the mall itself going from its current retail status to a “premium shopping district”, he added.
Milanese mayor Giuseppe Scarponi welcomed the opening, saying, “We can’t wait for the day when we can open this shopping centre to the whole city.”
“We have many problems,” he said, adding that he had been campaigning for a mall in Milan for years.
“We want to be a world-class city, and Galleria should be a part of that.”
Galliotto’s design team also included architects Stefano Dall’Antoni and Stefano Zaccagni, and interior designer Antonio Ratti.
Dall’Agostino, who has worked on many international projects, including the New York subway system, the World Trade Center and the World War II memorial in New York, said the design was “beautiful”.
“The space is very big, very open, and very elegant,” he told the AP news agency.
Another of his clients, architect Paolo Di Pietro, also welcomed the mall.
“Milan’s most important design project, Galleria has been designed to be very beautiful,” he wrote on Facebook.
While Galleria will open to shoppers, there are no plans to open the mall to the elderly.
Construction of the mall is set for completion by the end of the year.
More to come.