The new project near Paris counts as an example for a new generation of shopping centres.

After nine years of development and construction the new Aeroville shopping centre near Paris opened last week to the public. The complex is situated between the A1 highway and the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. Customers can reach the centre by car or via a bus line from the airport.

Aeroville is conceived as a new generation of shopping centres. Christophe Cuvillier, CEO of the operator enterprise Unibail-Rodamco: “We wanted to create the most spectacular shopping centre in continental Europe.”

The building was designed by the architect Philippe Chiambaretta and is based on an airport terminal. The interior is characterized by shiny metallic surfaces and was developed by Olivier Saguez, a Parisian architect who specialises in shopping centres. Saguez: “Aeroville plays with two themes: To be somewhere else and to travel on first class for shopping.” The stores are all concentrated on one floor and have natural light thanks to the double height ceiling and a central glass roof.  The eight metre tall display windows are an architectural feature of the centre.

The new centre measures 84000sqm and contains 200 shops, including Adidas, Desigual, Nike and Superdry flagships and France’s first store by Italian fashion brand David Naman, French streetwear brand Sixth June and Spanish enterprise Shana. H&M, Zara, Mango, and Pull & Bear will also present new store concepts at Aeroville.

Besides fashion, Aeroville offers a wide range of beauty stores like Douglas, Sephora, L’Occitane, MAC and furniture and lifestyle brands like Apple, Bose, Habitat or Pylones. Bars and restaurants complete the offer. Under the keyword “Dining Experience“, the famous and Michelin awarded cook Gilles Choukroun oversees the quality and strategy of 30 restaurants. Another highlight are the “Europacorp Cinemas“, developed by French stage director Luc Besson.

To facilitate the shopping, 4700 parking spaces as well as services like a concierge, nursery, personal shopper area and a car wash site have been installed.
Aeroville shopping centre
Aeroville shopping centre

The claim of the operator is to receive 12 million visitors a year. 1.8 million people live in close proximity to the centre and 2 million passengers stay in hotels in the area every year.

Unibail-Rodamco was established in 1968 and is, according to its own figures, today the biggest group for commercial real estate in Europe, present in 12 countries. The enterprise employs 1500 people and specialises in shopping, office and congress centres. The Roissy Charles de Gaule airport is the second biggest airport in Europe with 60 Million passengers a year and 120,000 employees.

355 Million Euros have been invested into Aeroville. The centre has permission to open on Sunday.