Maryland Mall has fondly been coined ‘THE BIG BLACK BOX’ and is now a fond landmark in the City of Lagos. Our design intent was to make the building a silhouette backdrop to the LED screen and all brand signage. The screen, which is 60meters long, was at the time of build, the longest in West Africa, which also ensures our building is a Cartesian revenue generator across the vertical plane. Horizontally, we used design and programme to ensure a viable and sustainable retail hub for the 40 shopping outlets, banks, restaurants, a supermarket, a state of the art 4-screen cinema located in the building.
In contrast to the Brutalist-minimal exterior, the interior opens up to a warm light pallet with all the ‘pomp and pageantry’ for a shopping experience. We have also used this platform to celebrate local Artist Dudu Emmanuel, who produced the sculpture ‘give and take’ the art of commerce’ at the pedestrian entrance and Jade Folawiyo, a product designer who created the feature lighting in the Artium by the celebrated entrance.
Purple Capital Partners Limited
Date of completion
Maryland, Lagos, Nigeria