A.R.E. Awards – Department Store – Grand Prize
Kastner & Ohler Graz, Austria
The goal: to create Austria’s largest, most modern and most beautiful department store—and incorporate traditional values. The resulting space is reminiscent of the Belle epoque era in 430,556 square feet across six floors. Atria were reconstructed and upgraded with two escalator facilities to take people up six floors, where a striking roof system floods the interior with daylight during the day and an exclusive rooftop area provides panoramic views of Graz. Luxury is abundant in both materials and furnishings, with natural stone, wood, onyx, and marble as staples. Unique items are scattered throughout, including the egg chairs at the champagne bar. The store remains breezy, well arranged, and attractive, and each floor offers a different look and feel, while maintaining a similar design principal.
Architecture: Blocher Blocher Partners, Stuttgart, Germany
The Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) is a Hollywood, Fla.-based non-profit trade association representing the retail environments industry. Our 600 member companies include store fixture suppliers, retail design firms, suppliers of visual merchandising products, and suppliers of materials and equipment for the retail environments industry. Member capabilities include importing, exporting, consolidating, installing, project management, engineering, design, and more. A.R.E. Mission: Advance the industry and the success of our member companies.
Las Vegas (March 29, 2011)—The 57 awards presented by the Association for Retail Environments at a ceremony in the Venetian honor the creators of retail theater worldwide.