Edinburgh St James: Here are the great global gallerias which inspired the project's design

The design influences behind the new Edinburgh St James development have been unveiled.

Wednesday, 5th June 2019, 5:31 pm
The design of Edinburgh St James has been inspired by some of the world's great gallerias.

The scheme's director for development, Martin Perry, says the £850 million project has been inspired by the likes of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan and the BCE Place in Toronto. He says the Edinburgh St James design is "anchored by places and experiences" and will draw people from one place to the next. Here are some pictures of these great gallerias alongside visualisations of Edinburgh's St James Centre.

An overhead visualisation of the proposed new Edinburgh St James Centre. pic: Edinburgh St James
The mighty entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the construction of which began in 1865 under architect Giuseppe Mengoni. Pic: Alexander Lande-Shutterstock
The spectacular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an elegant 19th century shopping arcade - shaped like a Latin cross covered by a glass iron dome - which houses some of the most luxurious boutiques in Milan.

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Designed by Allan Murray architects, Edinburgh St James will introduce nine high-quality intimate yet substantial public spaces all connected by routes and streets to encourage a sense of place. Pic: Edinburgh St James
The idea of a street that feels like an outdoor pedestrian street - which has been incorporated into the Edinburgh St James concept - comes from the galleria.
Inside Milan's magnificent galleria, you'll find everything from Prada and Gucci to famous cafes and restaurants - and even a McDonald's.
Among the first retailers to announce their opening inside the Edinburgh St James are Zara, Next, fashion store Bershka and clothing stores Pull&Bear and Stradivarius. Pic: Edinburgh St James
The Octogaon-shaped centrepiece of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is spectacularly illuminated with purple lighting.
The winding bronze-coloured steel 'ribbon' facade to the W Edinburgh hotel has been likened to spirals of paper, a reference to the many printing presses in the area of times past. Pic: Edinburgh St James.
Toronto's Brookfield Place, formerly the BCE, contains everything from shops and restaurants to offices and rental car services to attractions like the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame. Pic: V.Ben-Shutterstock
The hockey hall of fame inside Brookfield Place.
Dubbed the 'crystal cathedral of commerce,' the six-storey galleria consists of several freestanding steel supports enclosed by glass and various public squares. Pic: InspiredByMaps-Shutterstock
Some of the connecting spaces will make use of glass to create a feeling of outdoor streets indoors. Pictures is a visualisation of Cathedral Square at Edinburgh St James. Pic: Edinburgh St James