Shopping Olympics

The new shopping mall “One New Change”, a work of the French architect Jean Nouvel, is overlooking the Saint’s Paul Cathedral and hosts “long-distance” consumers: 20.000 s.m. of shopping stores in the center of the olympic London.

Only a few months of life are counted by the new shopping mall at the center of the british capital and it has already given a new perspective to Cheapside, the historic neighborhood of the Old Market. Designed by the globally known, owner of a Pritzker award architect, Jean Nouvel, and built in record time, it is the only large shopping mall in town. The city of London, being ready to welcome myriads of visitors while hosting the Olympics, has already predicted the new and growing needs for market space. In addition, Londoners have tried to offer a tiny relief to the busy Oxford street and give an alternate choice for shopping.

One New Change remains open seven days a week and despite the plenty reactions it has caused about its form, it is, without a shadow of doubt, the new it-destination for shopping and entertainment. Six floors of shops, restaurants and offices made of glass and steel, set up the setting of a contemporary and technologically advanced architecture. A type of architecture, which to some people does not fit to the city’s spirit and history. Nonetheless, it stands on guard, ready to be explored by the indefatigable “Olympic” shoppers.

Mary Giatra

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