A gigantic golden chasm welcomes visitors to the Emporia shopping center, one of the biggest in Scandinavia, which is situated in the city of Malmö in Sweden.
The design of the shopping center is glass based. Sika’s came up with a new way to bond the glass to the frame which halved the production time, suggesting a customized application process which comprises applying the structural joint and weather sealant in one step using Sikasil®. This could be achieved with less than 1% waste even though the joints were fully filled.
A mall palace
Some 200 shops are located in Emporia, covering a total area of 93,000 m². The mall is three storeys high with a roof terrace on top measuring 27,000 m², or roughly the size of four soccer fields. The mall employs around 3,000 people. Emporia puts the number of visitors at around 25,000 a day.
Glass, colors and very distinct wave-shaped entrances characterize the complex, which was designed by renowned Swedish architect firm Windgårdhs. The design reflects Emporia’s role as a safe haven, a place full of surprises. It is very airy and at the same time enclosing. Colors guide shoppers through the shopping center, with each area featuring its own design and color scheme.
“World’s Best Shopping Building”
Completed in 2012, Emporia has won numerous national and international prizes for its design and marketing, including the “World’s Best Shopping Building” at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore in 2013 and the “Best Shopping Center” at the 2014 Mipim Awards in Cannes.
Sustainability and roof park
Emporia is the first shopping center in Sweden to be BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental. Assessment Method) certified. This recognizes that the architects have put a lot of focus on sustainability in the design and building process. A key element is the 26,700 m2 roof park, filled with walkways, sedum, trees, grass and perennials. The park is open to the public and on a clear day you have a fantastic view over the Öresund Sound and the city of Malmö.
The design of the shopping center is glass-based. One entrance is created in an amber wave-like formation, and the other represents a wave in marine blue glass. The curved glass was manufactured in Spain and transported to Sweden. The rest of the outside structural glazing, the sealant for the insulating glass, the inside weather sealant and the adhesive for the decorative glass and mirrors were supplied by Sika.
Sika solutions for increased safety
The glass systems were produced in a manufacturing plant close to the building site and delivered on demand, which made production very efficient. It is common to use a mechanical safety edge between the shop windows, but after testing different sealants the architects were convinced to opt for a black Sikasil®. This provides very safe solutions as it flexes with the movements of the glass.
The mall’s interior boasts colored glass features and a very spectacular waterfall-like elevator, all designed and constructed drawing on Sika’s knowhow and expertise of weather sealing in structural glazing solutions.