Project DescriptionThe newly redesigned Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, CA uses light, glass and articulation to create responsive retail spaces that invite exploration. Its open design is human centered, highlighting the display character of retail in spatially dynamic storefronts to create a welcoming public realm. Throughout the project, the notion of connection to the surrounding area is reinforced through both spatial and softscape elements.
Designed in three phases, the first phase began with the renovation of a one level mall connecting two existing department stores. The concourse is unified by a continuous light soffit that floats over the storefronts and a softly shaped ceiling with enhanced lighting. The focus of phase 1 was the project’s food court that spans Carson Blvd, resulting in a garden dining terrace, surrounded by lushly planted walls washed in natural light from carefully places skylights and large windows.
The second phase is a new two level mall that links the Phase 1 renovation to the existing exterior Lifestyle Village on the east. The design included a lifted roof with clearstories and skylights that created an airy and spacious feeling throughout the mall.