A homage to the city of Alcalá de Henares, a cross-section revealing its different cultural veins, its Romanesque classicism, the Golden Age of Spanish literature and the modern age, all achieved through a sophisticated and contemporary design.
The centre is organised around a natural flow from north to south. Main retail anchors are located at the south entrance, around the Diamond Plaza. This entrance attracts people from the residential areas located at this end of the centre. At the north end is Cervantes Plaza, a large double-height space leading into the park, where the leisure areas, food court and entrance to the cinema are located. It opens directly onto the park and the transparent walls create an important interior – exterior link. A distinctive diamond-shaped glazed roof-light filters light from the park and creates a stunning centrepiece for the mall.
Historical references have been woven into the design of the exterior. The Roman foundations of the city and the Castilian University from the sixteenth century onwards, are represented by archaeological strata giving shape and form to the elevations.