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Did you know that … you can shop in Braga with Granite® Standard & PVDF?

'Nova Arcada', the new shopping centre in the Portuguese city of Braga offers 75,000 m2 of space for retail and entertainment. Its design stands out with an organic form and a unique colour concept. The sandwich panels used for the façade are made with our organic coated steel Granite®.

A modern complex

The north of Portugal around the city of Braga is an economically growing area with a young population. Since the main retail offer was concentrated in the historical city centre, it was decided to build a shopping centre in its outskirts that should comprise a hypermarket, a multiplex cinema, an entertainment area with a health club, restaurants and shops.

Stairway to heaven

The building, designed by the Portuguese architects of Sua Kay, is characterised by its organic form and consists of 2 irregularly curved volumes of different heights that are connected by an impressive staircase leading up to the entrance.

Puzzle of metallic shades

A tower makes the shopping centre visible from the surrounding highways and contains the fire stairs.  

A special highlight is the colour concept of the shopping centre’s façade: whereas one of the volumes and the suspended roof are entirely grey, the other one glistens in various contrasting colours – the pre-coated façade panels make up a lively puzzle in metallic shades.

ArcelorMittal supplied the organic coated steel for the façade panels produced by Huurre Iberica: a total of 10.000 sqm of Granite® Standard (Grey) and 7.000 sqm of Granite® Pearlescent PVDF for the colour puzzle, produced at the mills in Legasa and Avilés, Spain.