- Design Team: Miguel García, Rocío Martínez, Natalia Rodríguez (Chapman Taylor) // José R. Nunes, Tanyara Tolentino (BOOST Studio)
- Clients: CEETRUS Portugal
- Engineering: Pener, Point Up
- Consultants: Dimscale (Architecture Cost Management), Byho (Contracting)
- General Contractor: Wikibuild
- Façade Contractor: Seveme
- Country: Portugal
Text description provided by the architects. Chapman Taylor, in collaboration with the Portuguese design studio BOOST, has created a new visual identity for the former Forum Sintra shopping center, now named Alegro Sintra, in Sintra, near the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
The design concept for Forum Sintra itself, which opened in 2011, was developed by Chapman Taylor together with Portuguese architects ARX Portugal. Forum Sintra won the 2012 Across Award for ‘Most Innovative Shopping Centre more than 50,000m².
The redesign for the successful retail and leisure destination, now owned by Ceetrus, sees the main façade and the interiors reimagined for a new decade, including the foodcourt area, seating, playground and toilets. The refurbishment has been designed to align with the striking Alegro brand identity and will inform the design of the company’s other buildings.
The existing BREEAM-certified shopping and leisure complex is a development of over 165,000m² comprising retail space, restaurants and leisure areas over three levels, as well as three underground parking floors.The internal area is supplemented by several outdoor terraces, which provide breathtaking views of the surroundings. The building was envisaged as a series of juxtaposed diagonal malls, each with distinct themes, building systems and material palettes. Abundant greenery is used throughout, both externally and internally. There are also publicly accessible, landscaped roof spaces and terraces.