An innovative shopping and leisure centre, The Léon Plaza, has opened in the new area Eras de Renueva, one of the fastest-growing residential areas in the Leon capital. Developed by the Martinsa-Grupo Norte, the architecture and design are the work of L35 Arquitectos.
22nd of May 2009
At the vanguard of the best current shopping centres, the complex, which includes 40.000 m2 on two levels and part of a third, includes an underground parking area.
León Plaza is placed along a poplar boulevard recalling an interior walkway connecting both ends of the centre. The concept is both a commercial area as well as a pedestrian urban landscape, linking the Avenue Reyes Leoneses and the river. This inner street contains a sculptural metal tree-lined pathway which meanders through the mall, with daylight flooding in through an enormous skylight. The mall was conceived as an interior boulevard, echoing the river edge, and is proposed as a new space of urban connectivity between the river and the new central area around the Museum.
It is worth mentioning the attractive surroundings of the centre with the presence of some of the most emblematic buildings in the city, like Hostal San Marcos, the Auditorium and the MUSAC (Museum of Contemporary Art of the Junta de Castilla y León)
L35 is an international architecture firm with offices in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Geneva, Istanbul, Casablanca, São Paulo, Bogota, Santiago and México City.
Our team is composed of about two hundred professionals, most of them architects, and a series of consultants specialized in all the different areas of expertise required in the development of projects and construction.
Founded in 1967, L35 has been devoted to excellence in architectural design through team work and from the perspective of creative diversity and freedom, as the result of a dialogue with the client concerning their objectives, the context and the environment. The ideas are the generator of the projects. We firmly believe in team work, not only with our consultants but with our clients as well. The large and complex projects require well integrated teams, to achieve a smooth transition from the project through construction. This is applicable to the relationship with our clients where architecture becomes an essential tool for the achievements of the development?s objectives.
L35's practice covers a myriad of architectural forms, projects both large and complex. We are currently working on numerous projects, among which are several office buildings and corporate headquarters, residential complexes and large shopping and leisure centres and other typologies such as hospitals or hotels.
In line with its international development strategy, the firm is currently working on a variety of projects In France, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Argentina.
Faithful to its tradition (the practice?s first large project was awarded in a competition, the Polytechnic University of Valencia), L35 participates in different international competitions, not only in the countries where it is already established but also in those where it aspires to work.