How Robinsons Galleria Cebu got its design

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 21 2015 07:30 AM | Updated as of Mar 21 2015 03:30 PM

MANILA – Vernacular or native architecture was used as inspiration for Robinsons Galleria Cebu, which is Robinsons Land Corp.'s (RLC) biggest mall outside Metro Manila.

RLC said Robinsons Galleria Cebu incorporates aspects of the local culture in its building design.

“Vernacular architecture is the inspiration for the front retail paseo albeit with a modern interpretation…This is a modern take on the ‘village feel’ that prevails throughout Cebu’s landscape,” said Robinsons Malls general manager Arlene Magtibay.

Magtibay said the layout and architecture of the Cebu mall was suited to match the relaxed, congenial and sociable nature of the Cebuanos.

“Robinsons Galleria Cebu’s design is in keeping with Robinsons’ vision to elevate and create a new shopping experience,” Magtibay said.

“Angular shapes were employed throughout the development to create dynamic spaces and interesting zones. The paseos have indoor and outdoor components. The outdoor component offers an al fresco experience where pedestrians can meander, as well as lounge, dine, appreciate the sights, and breathe in fresh air while under the shade created by the terraces and balconies above,” she added.

Its 4-floor commercial building will house Robinsons Supermarket, Department Store, Food Court, Cinema, True Value hardware, Robinsons Appliance Center, as well as outlet stores of key local and international brands.

RLC said the vernacular design of the mall will be enhanced by stores that carry distinctive Cebu brands and restaurants serving popular local or homegrown favorites.

Robinsons Galleria Cebu is located on a 4.7 hectare lot along General Maxilom Avenue in the North Reclamation Area.

RLC envisions the mall to reinvent, revitalize and increase property values in an area of Cebu City that was previously underutilized.