LOTTE WORLD MALL, SEOUL
Lotte World Mall has opened in Seoul, the thriving
capital of South Korea. It has been welcomed as a
high-profile addition to the commercial property
sector. The 200 000m2 retail and entertainment
complex in Jamsil is connected to the high-end
department store Avenuel, and contains the country’s
largest cinema complex, and aquarium that is
home to 650 species, a concert hall and a 123-storey
entertainment tower that is still being built.
There are more than 970 shops in the complex,
including Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes, all of
which have set up flagship stores. Twenty of the stores
are new to the South Korean market, and they include
H Stern and Peck.
The retail development has established a shopping
and entertainment destination to elevate Seoul’s
exciting megacity of ten million and its tourism
industry. The mall is designed to take advantage of
an unprecedented increase in tourism in Korea, and
retail giant Lotte estimates the mall will generate
1.5 trillion won (£867 million) in sales each year.
Lighting is a key element of Benoy’s interior design
for the complex. It has captured the significance of the
development, introducing innovative and interactive
features not yet seen on this scale in South Korea.
Sculptural glass-fibre reinforced gypsum ceilings,
illuminated timber walls, prominent motif lighting
and pocket outdoor gardens have added to the profile
of the development as a modern city landmark.
Illuminated sculptural ceilings
and timber walls are the
hallmarks of the retail and