Aleja Bielany in Wroclaw, Poland has won a commendation at the ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards which were announced at the conference in Warsaw on 25 April. The awards are the supreme awards in European retail property, granted for new and refurbished/extended as well as established centres.
BDP designed the 102,000 sqm retail and leisure centre for Ikea Centres Polska which opened in November 2015.
The large scale renovation project included the relocation of an existing IKEA store along with a two-storey extension including an expansive underground parking level. The existing centre has been partially overclad in a similar architectural language to unify the old and the new.
Design elements took inspiration from the surrounding environment, with rock-like formations modelled after nearby Mount Sleza enhancing the building’s exterior, whilst the interior took inspiration from the River Odra with its series of interior access bridges over flooring tiles resembling a river bed.
BDP was architect, interior designer, lighting designer and landscape architect for the scheme.