Paseo Colorado

Paseo Colorado

Pasadena, CA, USA

A mall redo that established a new model for urban redevelopment.

Addressing a nationwide problem of what to do with obsolete shopping malls built in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, EE&K set a new standard for urban revitalization with the redevelopment of the Plaza Pasadena mall prior to joining Perkins Eastman. The team’s design for Paseo Colorado transformed the failed traditional enclosed mall into a vibrant precinct with a mix of uses. The mall was turned inside out and re-connected to the historic urban city grid with a series of unique public spaces and vistas, making it once again part of the city’s civic core. The new design successfully reused the mall’s existing structure, preserved the below-grade parking, and added density and height to the development. An urban market replaced traditional anchor stores, while hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail, of retail, dining, and entertainment venues and 400 residential units complete the design. Restrained Mediterranean style architecture and lively trellises, canopies, and varied rooflines all echo the distinctive neutral palette of Pasadena’s civic core while creating an inviting environment for all to enjoy.

Project Facts

  • Client:

  • Pankow Building Services Ltd.
  • Services:

  • Architecture
  • Markets:

  • Retail + Entertainment, Large Scale Mixed-Use
  • Region:

  • United States