We were commissioned in late 2006, to design one of many new generation of hypermarket for Carrefour. Being one of the top 3, hypermarket retails Malaysia, Carrefour has embarked to built hypermarkets that will be pleasant, identifiable and conducive for shoppers. With stiff competition amongst the top 3 hypermarkets in Malaysia, shoppers are now able to choose their favourite hypermarket to come and shop. The challenge for our office together with Carrefour is to design a hypermarket to meet their needs and to ensure shoppers will continue to do their shopping at Carrefour.
The site measuring approximately 8 acres is located the city of Klang fronting a busy road and accessible from a nearby highway. This hypermarket is a single storey hypermarket with its trading floor is placed around several retail shops.
The total overall built up area of this hypermarket is approximately 150,000 sq ft. The trading area alone is approximately 93,000 sq ft. The rest of the built up area is taken up by 20 retail shops and food court.
Several external design or facade design options were proposed before the final design was chosen for this outlet. In the final design, we expressed the corner entrance of the building with a large entrance canopy which is identifiable from a distance and along the busy road. A skylight is also introduced to light up the entrance lobby, before entering into the hypermarket area.
The facade of the hypermarket is treated by expressing its external column structure which supports the canopy roof. The corporate colour of red, white and blue is also used on the external walls. The this colour are used to identify the building as a Carrefour Hypermarket.