The restored warehouse is given a contemporary and unique character with respect for its heritage. When visitors look beyond the stately building, they will notice that the programme has been carefully considered: commercial functions alternate with complementary functions. Special attention was paid to the organisation of areas open to the public versus private and technical areas, to the 'natural' but undesirable barrier between the ground floor and the first floor and to the need for flexible opening hours for the various shops.
POLO's design is based on a homogeneous entity in which every function manages to express its own unique character. The architecture of the various commercial spaces, the visual identity, the accessibility and the internal circulation play a vital role in achieving this.