Aura is a 170.000 sqm shopping and entertainment center, which is located in Novosibirsk, Russia. The four storey building has 170 shops with large scaled shopping and entertainment units, such as, a hypermarket, a technology shop, an entertainment center and a cinema, making it the largest shopping center of the city. The building façade was made of enamel painted glass, pattern-imprinted metal panels and light boxes. The glass elements, which are printed with different tones of orange in color, are placed to the façade in angular directions, enhancing the three dimensional characteristic of the facade. Metal panels are imprinted with a particular orange colored flower pattern.
The interior columns are covered with the same orange colored flower shaped pattern as of the exterior façade, and helps in developing a connection of the interior design with the exterior architecture. The glass façade and advertisement boxes are lit with LED material, making the building a light sculpture at night. The building has three main atriums and two secondary atriums that get daylight from five skylights at the top. The skylights are made up of steel elements. The steel sections of three semi sphere shaped skylights, which cover main atriums, are particularly designed according to the shapes of spans, rather than being selected among standardized ones.
Each atrium was decorated by using elements that are designed exclusively for that area. The central atrium, named as “the city sky court”, is located in front of the entrance foyer. The colors of the sky, which are dark blue, golden and yellowish brown, dominate the space. A glass elevator meets the visitor entering the city sky court. Its skeleton is made up of golden painted steel box sections. Timber decorative elements are hanged down the atrium from the skylight. The floor is covered with dark blue, white and brownish yellow terrazzo tiles, specially-cut considering a pattern specific to the area.
The second atrium, which is called “the water court”, is embellished with greenish turquoise, light brown and cream colored elements. Green represents water, while cream and light brown represents sand. A sixteen-meter-high fountain and an elevator meet the visitor when he enters the atrium. The fountain is made up of sandblasted glass which is naturally green in color due to its treatment. It is covered with light brown colored metal sheet. The floor is covered with brown, green and white terrazzo tiles, specially-cut like the city sky court.
The third atrium, named as the “crystal court”, is defined by crystal shaped elements that are hanged to the steels of the skylight. Icy blue and light grey elements, representing crystal colors, dominate the space. The floor is covered with white, grey and icy blue terrazzo tiles, specially-cut like the city sky and water courts. Timber lodges overlook the secondary atriums at the fourth floor. They are the most significant elements of the food court, which is decorated by transparent orange and green colored furniture. The lodges are covered by strips of timber, like the other architectural elements, such as, columns and separator panels. Large timber pots landscaped with sanseveria and zammia plants also help in the separation of particular spaces in the foodcourt, like the panels. The ceilings are covered with decorative wooden elements of diverse brown colors, developing a connection with the other wooden elements of city sky court.Location: Novosibirsk, Russia Architect: Yazgan Design Architecture
Employer: Renaissance Construction
Project Date: 2007-2010
Constrcution Date: 2008-2011
Total Construction Area:170.000 m²
Architectural Schematic Design: 5+ Design
Structural Project: Denge Engineering, BTG Engineering, Renaissance Structural Design Group
Mechanical Project: Beşeli Engineering, STM Engineering
Electrical Project: G Tech
Landscape Project: Yazgan Design Architecture
Infrastructure Project: Renaissance Construction
Constrcution Type: Reinforced Concrete, Steel
3D Image Credits: 5+ Design
Photography: Yunus Özkazanç 2012