Italie 2 is the name of a large shopping centre in Paris' south east in the 13th arrondissement. It features a Printemps, fnac and over 130 stores, most of which are based overseas. The centre is situated over 3 levels with one level being subterranean (bas), one at ground level (rdc) and one above ground level (haut). The shopping centre is the largest within the perimeter of boulevard périphérique, Paris' ring road that typically confines Paris itself and is an unofficial boundary. This is mainly because the only other places with a department store in Paris are not situated within a shopping centre with the exception of Galeries Lafayette Montparnasse which is situated in a small shopping centre of about 10 stores at the base of Tour Montparnasse.
Located in Paris’ Rive-Gauche, this prime asset of 130 shops was acquired by Hammerson in 1998 and has recently undergone a complete refurbishment.
Description of the location and accessibility
The centre is situated on Place d'Italie and is above Place d'Italie metro station.
Shopper Trafic/Catchment Area
Shopper traffic: 14 million visitors annually.
Fnac, France Loisirs, Barachois, Carousel, Spring, Tati.
Features mall architecture
Renovation of Italy Two is a true ""cosmetic"" architecture project, a new lounge and contemporary universe declined throughout the gallery.
In the mall, a revision of ceilings was made to bring the height and break the sense of oppression that existed before. Bright collars in shades of red have been included. The mall has not gained enormously in height, but the brightness is markedly improved, providing visual comfort to the visitor.
The soils have been clarified, signs flags installed for more readability. On this project, the architects Outsign sign the mall now cleared and clean lines.
To make the journey more pleasant, an ""arty walk"" was devised throughout the mall: more artwork punctuate the walk, such as mosaic floors, enchanting windows .