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  • The Dolce Vita shopping centre in Braga

Did you know that … you can experience the Dolce Vita with Granite® Standard & PVDF?

The 'Dolce Vita', 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.