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Mixed emotions at MIPIM 2022

Even though MIPIM was only halfway through, the trade fair management is already reporting successes.

The expected number of visitors of 17,000 was far exceeded with 20,000 visitors, although many guests from outside Europe stayed away. If you ask around among the visitors, some of the stands are much smaller as well as the company delegations. However, the date for next year has already been set. In 2023, MIPIM will take place from March 14 to 17.

Stand with Ukraine

MIPIM undoubtedly reached its emotional peak at Wednesday midday, when organizer Anna Nestulia ran a special event, where guest speakers shared their first hand experience from the conflict in Ukraine. “Due to the Russian invasion of the country, the Ukrainian real estate community cannot attend MIPIM this year, since they must defend their country, its independence, and Europe’s freedom.”

Highlight on Thursday

Shortly before the fair draws to a close tomorrow, things will get festive at the MIPIM Awards tonight. In the shopping center category, two European and one Asian projects are in the final. The category rewards for the new shopping center, retail park, or factory outlet, which succeeds at encouraging and retaining traffic, while offering a unique shopper experience through new technologies, services, customer loyalty programs, and architectural features that aim to increase footfall and customer satisfaction.

CAP3000 in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France,  was developed by Altarea. The Architect was Groupe-6. CAP3000 was already built in 1969. In the last few years, extensions and new innovative projects have been implemented. Today, it represents the not-to-be-missed shopping venue in the Côte d’Azur, according to the MIPIM-Award-team.

The second finalist is Hongkong Land’s Yorkville – The Ring in Chongqing, China. Developer is Hongkong Land Limited, Architect PH Alpha Design. The Ring is an innovative commercial complex combining shopping, social and cultural aspects and entertainment. It offers an unprecedented combination of commercial functionality and nature in China. The development encompasses a GFA of 420,000 sq m, of which 170,000 sq m is dedicated to the shopping mall and retail streets, 110,000 sq m to the Grade-A office buildings, and 70,000 sq m to the indoor-outdoor botanical garden.

The third project is Vialia Estación de Vigo in Vigo, Spain, developed by Nhood, Ceetrus. The Archtitect was Thom Mayne. Vialia Vigo is an integrated project based on the concept of the 15-min-city, realized under strict sustainability standards. It is located in the heart of Vigo and unifies in the same space the largest proposal for mobility, commerce, and entertainment in the territory. The project integrated in the same building public spaces for leisure and sports, a bus station, a high speed train station, spaces that merge innovation with local tradition, and a commercial mix adapted to local needs.

The MIPIM Awards Ceremony takes place on Thursday, March 17, 2022 (Grand Auditorium, Palais des Festival at 6.30 PM).

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