Portland Appointed to work on the Retail-Dining-Entertainment Village at Bengaluru Airport City, India.


Portland Design is delighted to be appointed by Bengaluru Airport City Limited to undertake retail planning of the RDE Village in conjunction with DP Architects Singapore who are the design architects for the project that is being developed at Bengaluru Airport. 


The RDE Village is built on the vision of creating a retail and lifestyle destination. Set within a high energy, bustling Airport environment, the RDE Village is expected to cater to the millennial mindset. The development is envisioned to have an open fluid environment that seamlessly links multiple zones, through interactive and sensory experiences that encourage longer dwell time and repeat visits.


The state-of-the-art project will be strategically located adjacent to the Concert Arena and the Convention and Exhibition Centre – a destination which will become a dynamic lifestyle and family entertainment hub for Bengaluru residents and visitors alike.


The project will be developed on a 23-acre site, with a built-up area of 1.1 million square feet, as a mid to high-end shopping and lifestyle destination, catering to the growing demand of this segment in Bengaluru. Connectivity to the RDE village will be boosted by the BMTC bus service and the upcoming Metro lines. 


The client, BACL, (Bengaluru Airport City Ltd.) is developing an Airport City to standards that will be unprecedented – a futuristic city which will embrace innovation and be a launch pad for ‘Global Urban Solutions’. This multi-asset destination aims to create a mix of asset classes that will include a Business Park, Technology Hub, Health District, Convention & Exhibition Centre, Knowledge Park, Hospitality, Central Park, a multipurpose Concert Arena, Retail, Dining & Entertainment Village and more. 


Stephen Walsh, Regional Director for Portland Design, who will be leading the space planning for this mall said: “The RDE Village will be a transformative shopping, dining, and entertainment experience for the communities it will serve in Bengaluru and beyond, enabling visitors to explore and enjoy multi-itineraries in varying sensory landscapes. Our work will help create the stories and experiences that will attract, invite, circulate, display, persuade and reassure customers as they spend time and money benefiting from all that will be on offer.”


Tim Lalli, Design Associate at Portland adds: “This is a great opportunity to realise the client’s ambition of setting a new standard for urban development in India, one that the whole country can learn from and aspire to.” 


Commenting on the development, Mr. Rao Munukutla, CEO, BACL, said: “We are delighted to partner with DP Architects Singapore & Portland Design UK who are world leaders in Retail, Dining & Entertainment spaces. The RDE Village is built on the vision of creating a new destination with a deep connection to the community, culture, and environment, focusing on human-centric design. This is reflected in our overall design sensibility, which is innovation driven, incorporating sustainable features. We are confident that the RDE Village will continue to further add impetus in making Bengaluru one of the most vibrant cities in India.” 


The RDE Village will be a mall that aims to be ahead of the curve, by deeply engaging with customers across all forms of Retail, Dining and Entertainment. Regular retail will be accompanied by frequent pop-up incubators, dining experiences will run the gamut of local cuisines to those driven by international chefs, and sensory experiences in the mall across age groups will encourage longer dwell time and ensure repeat visits.


This development will bring unforgettable global experiences like Times Square New York, Las Vegas, Marina Bay Sands Singapore etc. to Bengaluru. It is set to become THE destination for not just the city of Bengaluru, but as a place of interest for the country as well. It seeks to make Bengaluru as a “Vibrant Capital of India”, besides being known as the “Knowledge Capital of India”. 


The project will be phased and fully completed in 2026