Retail Makeover: From Church to Nightclub to Upscale Mall

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Unconventional Touches

The goal is to create a space that's a fascination in itself, with winding stairwells and new shops around every bend. In other words, Limelight Marketplace is hoping to be an anti-mall, said designer and architect James Mansour. For instance, a menswear and leather-accessory purveyor is perched in a skybox; an unmarked corridor opens into an outdoor greenmarket. "The maze-like stairwells and meandering design is about discovery, so you can't take it all in on the first visit," Mansour said.