Five ingredients of successful mall design 1. Use design to engrain the “Wow!” factor into the mall’s brand. 2. Expand common spaces to create more points of convergence and grandeur. 3. Add “live/work” to give purpose to malls. 4. Don’t count on retail or anchors alone to drive traffic. 5. Close the dreaded Digital Divide. Your steel strip mall building will be designed to stand strong against the weather elements specific to your area. Appearance: Choosing a steel building for a strip mall does not mean a sacrifice in overall appearance and style. TORONTO - SEPTEMBER A strip mall on September 14, in Toronto. In the U.S. and Canada, strip malls usually range in size from 5, square feet ( m2) to over , square feet (9, m2).