April 2018

Leslie Jones Architecture in London and Urban Experts in Kiev have been appointed by international developers Immochan Ukraine to design the interior of Rive Gauche shopping and entertainment complex in Kiev. With nearly 400 shopping centers managed in 12 countries across Europe and Asia, Immochan is one of today’s leading European commercial real estate companies for shopping centers. Simon Scott, Head of International Business at Leslie Jones Architecture, reveals details about Rive Gauche’s interior design.

Until recently, securing a renowned global fashion brand as a shopping mall anchor was often considered a guarantee for success. This was particularly the case in CEE, where many such retailers were just beginning to enter the market.

In the words of the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “The only constant is change.” Applied in more modern terms: Only one who remains flexible and adapts his or her decisions to the constant change, can achieve ideal results in the long term. This is also true for participants in the German real estate sector.

Would you visit a café where you knew that a constant cold draft would blow onto your neck, leaving you shivering as you quickly drank your coffee, unable to truly relax? Would you take time to go window-shopping if you knew that you would be constantly battered by turbulent wind?

With these spaces, they give online brands the opportunity to launch a test balloon and find their footing in stationary retail. But also car companies like Tesla and Volvo work with this retail format.

According to the developer, Europe’s biggest urban regeneration project is about to take shape on the area of the former Hellinikon airport – including a shopping center. Implementing this project, however, is very challenging.

The Swedish furniture giant may still be in the planning stage for this project, but worldwide first Ikea city-location at Vienna’s Western Train Station is already beginning to take shape.

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