ATRIO Villach wins the International Best-of-the-Best-Award for Sustainability 2009 (AT)

The International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. (ICSC) is pleased to announce that four shopping centers have been chosen as ICSC's Best-of-the-Best Award winners. The winners were announced during the inaugural that took place during the 'Night of the Stars' gala, at at RECon 2009 on Sunday, May 17 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.


SES Spar European Shopping Center's Atrio, in Villach, Austria.

The Best-of-the-Best Awards honor and recognize the most outstanding examples of shopping center design and development, sustainability, marketing, and community service worldwide.

"These four centers have set themselves apart from the rest of the retail real estate industry by creating a unique and exceptional design, campaign or program," said Michael P. Kercheval, President and Chief Executive Officer for ICSC. "The 'Best-of-the-Best Awards' set the bar for what the retail real estate industry has come to expect from its owners and developers and there is no better place to recognize these outstanding centers then at RECon – where the leaders of the retail real estate industry come together to conduct business," Kercheval added.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.

Spar Atrio-Villach-Austria

Inside Atrio, a new meeting point and marketplace for the region.

Sustainability - Atrio, Villach, Austria
'Senza confini', or 'without borders' is the theme of this striking shopping venue, effectively adopting the motto of Austria, Italy and Slovenia's cross-border Olympic bid. Its architecture addresses and newly interprets the notion of the crossing of borders in the wider tri-country region. Multicultural design is the end result here, reborn in both the center's name and its central plaza as a focal point. Its design arranges the mall and the INTERSPAR hypermarket around this glazed plaza, effectively creating a new urban square for Villach.

It is the first themed shopping center in Austria, and it establishes the benchmark for all the rest. The approx. 3,000-m² Atrio has qu

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