Urban planning and architectural design of the former Schwenkel-Areal; construction of six new flagship outlets and conversion of an existing building — Reutlinger Straße 69-73, 72555 Metzingen, Germany — 3,500 m² — 2012 — Holy AG
The Mecca of Brands
Factory direct sales driving urban renewal: With the development of the modern ensemble of flagship outlet stores in Metzingen’s Schwenkel-Areal as an extension of Outletcity came the revitalization of one of the last industrial wastelands in the city centre. Holy AG, which operates Outletcity Metzingen, has been collaborating with blocher partners since 2003. Its accomplishments include advice on developing a future-oriented retail concept.
The ensemble mediates between the large-scale outlet buildings to the north and the small-scale, heterogeneous residential areas to the west and east: Its cube-shaped structures fit into the urban context. They are loosely grouped around a spacious, open area with bamboo groves, gravel beds and fountains, inviting the visitor to stroll and linger.
The five outlets have alternating transparent and opaque façades, with simple metal encasing that surrounds the building sections like a tailored suit. The surface is interrupted only where spatial communication is required. Each outlet store exterior has a unique pattern of perforations, in reference to the crafts of tanning and textile production. These patterns, in various anodised colours, promote the character of each brand in its own space. Unlike those parts of the façade that face the Pulverwiesen, these façades, with their plaster surfaces, match the neighbouring apartment houses.
At all entrances and display windows, the metallic outer hull is peeled upward, revealing large glass panes and allowing a glimpse of the interior. Here, the impression of openness, clarity and spaciousness continues. Two-storey entrance areas with ceiling-high windows create a generous sense of space. Light filters in through the perforated façade panels, creating a beautiful chiaroscuro effect within. The modest design of the structure itself opens up seemingly endless possibilities when it comes to interior design.