Press releases | 2017-06-07

Interior design solutions at the Riga-based Akropole are to be developed by the international architecture firm, Benoy

Benoy, one of the world’s most famous retail architecture firms, will contribute to the development of Akropole in Riga, the most modern retail trade and leisure centre in the Baltics. The Benoy Studio in Europe has carried out a planned structure analysis of the shopping centre to be built in the Latvian capital and presented proposals on how the Riga-based Akropole can provide a myriad of experiences to its visitors and conform to the latest shopping centre trends on a global scale.

In the Riga-based Akropole, Benoy will offer an interior architecture scheme and retail planning design solutions; in addition minor updates to the existing project will be made to help with the overall commercial success Having implemented dozens of the world’s most famous trade and leisure centre projects, Benoy will also provide the Riga–based Akropole with exterior signage and wayfinding proposals and complete design guidelines for the Tenants.

“We want to offer visitors of the Riga-based Akropole a unique shopping and leisure experience on the Latvian shopping centre market. The fact that one of the world’s most experienced and respected retail architecture firms will contribute to this project is an important step towards this objective. When designing Akropole, we placed a particularly large focus on its architectural and technical solutions”, says Saulė Zabulionytė, CEO of the company Akropolis Group.

”Benoy are attracted to the progressive ambitions of the Akropolis Group to upscale their portfolio of centres to provide the best possible solutions for their Customers and Tenants. We are delighted to be in a position where our expertise can create great environments within the first centre in Riga, where we aim to blend the best international standards with the special “DNA” of the historic location and Akropole’s customer profile”, says Robert Bishop, Head of Benoy Studio in Europe.

Founded in Great Britain, Benoy has a network of 11 Studios in Europe, Asia, the UAE and Austria and is one of the most famous and experienced retail architecture and design firms. The projects implemented by the firm include the Mall of Scandinavia (Stockholm, Sweden), which was named the 2016 Best International Shopping Centre at the Global RLI Awards in 2016, Centrum Černy Most (Prague), Westfield (London, Great Britain), Elements (Hon Kong), and ION Orchard (Singapore). Benoy cooperates with the leading shopping centre managers and developers such as CEE, Westfield, Unibail-Rodamco, etc.

Akropole, which is currently being built in Maskavas Street, Riga, will be the most modern and one of the largest trade and shopping centres in the Baltics. The centre with the total floor area of 98,000 sq.m. will house more than 200 stores, cafes and restaurants, ice arena, cinema, bowling club, and children’s play space.

The plans are that the construction works at Akropole will be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

About Akropolis Group

Akropolis Group is a holding company which manages real estate project development and lease services companies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Bulgaria. In Lithuania, Akropolis Group manages shopping centres Akropolis in Vilnius, Klaipėda and Šiauliai. The company also constructed and expanded the Kaunas-based Akropolis, which was acquired by the German Fund in 2008.

The Group of Companies also owns UAB Delano which manages the restaurant chain CanCan Pizza, self-service restaurants Delano and the café network Caif Cafe and the companies operating the Apollo bowling centres.