Benoy is delighted to announce the opening of El Faro Mall in Badajoz, Western Spain. With a wide choice of shopping and dining offers set within a fresh and welcoming environment, this spectacular new retail destination is attracting visitors from both sides of the nearby border with Portugal.
Developed by Europe’s leading retail investor Unibail-Rodamco, El Faro’s varied retail mix comprises 97 regional and international shops spread over 66,000m², including ZARA, Primark, Cortefiel and an 8,000m² Hipercor, anchored by a new concept store for the renowned Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés. Visitors enjoy a choice of ten restaurants, 2,600 free parking spaces and complimentary rest and event areas within the mall.
Situated within extensive gardens and landscaped areas, the development features a number of attractive outdoor dining terraces and play-spaces adjacent to the Restaurant Piazza.
To contrast with the relatively arid regional climate, the interior architecture is a cool oasis. Spacious break-out areas provide new focal points for relaxation and social interaction and incorporate unique visual features such as silk hangings and an interactive ‘water screen’ fountain.
Benoy’s Graphic Design and Architecture Teams worked together to create a complementary signage and wayfinding scheme. The striking use of colour and organic forms complement the interior design, simultaneously providing information and contributing to the overall visual experience.
Robert Bishop, Benoy Director, led the Team responsible for the Architecture, Interior and Graphic Design elements of the scheme. He said:
‘Benoy’s design concept for El Faro has created a cool and calming environment for visitors. With the subtle use of planting, water features and abundant natural light, we have evoked a sense of tranquillity which we believe will delight and engage visitors. El Faro has brought international brands to the Extremadura region for the first time, creating new jobs, commercial activity and excellent services within a premium level shopping environment.’