Benoy-designed Galerie Šantovka Wins Building of the Year

28 October 2014

Benoy, the international award-winning firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, is proud to announce that Galerie Šantovka has been named the ‘Building of the Year 2014’ in the Retail Category at the Architecture and Building Foundation in the Czech Republic.

The contemporary yet respectfully designed Galerie Šantovka has been constructed on a derelict, post-industrial site and the development has been described as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area, creating a dynamic new civic space for the city of Olomouc.

Located in the east of the Czech Republic and occupying a prominent position within the centre of the city, the 46,000m2 new build, retail-led scheme includes leisure facilities and commercial space. The three main levels of trading feature 200 shopping units.

The external façades have a fresh and modern design but also reference the local vernacular by incorporating similar materials and the historic colour palette. Extensive landscaping throughout the development has created a relaxing ‘Riverside Green Corridor’, and al fresco dining terraces bring new life into this striking destination. The new Riverside Plaza and Terraces are linked to the city and wider regions by a new tram-stop and pedestrian link bridge; this bridge connects directly to the upper trading levels thus balancing customer footfall and rental values within the centre.

“It is an honour to win the ‘Architecture and Building Foundation’ award for Galerie Šantovka and we celebrate this success alongside our collaborators and client Dandreet”, says Robert Bishop, Benoy Director and Head of the Europe Studio. “We strive to design projects which are creatively ambitious but also well grounded with proven commercial principals and so ultimately deliver successful and sustainable developments. Galerie Šantovka has realised this fine balance and we are delighted to be recognised by receipt of this award”.

The Czech Republic has been a key market for Benoy in recent years and the company is enjoying a strong collaboration with the developer Dandreet, completing first Galerie Šantovka and later Galerie Teplice, also a new-build, retail development.

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