16 December 2014

ICSC's Asia Pacific Shopping Center Awards shower golds on D-Cube City, Jem and Siam Center

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Asia Pacific Shopping Center Awards recently recognised excellence in the region's shopping centre industry. Awards were given for outstanding achievement in marketing as well as the design and development of retail properties and retail store design.

The Design & Development category recognises retail properties for their overall design qualities and creativity in development, through renovation or expansion of an existing property or in innovative design of a new retail project. The category covers new Developments as well as Renovations & Expansions.

Source: D-Cube City website. D-Cube City.

The gold award winner in the category of Design & Development at the 2014 Asia Pacific Shopping Center Awards is Daesung Industrial Co.'s D-Cube City in Seoul, Korea. The 75,000 sq m space hosts 171 stores. Formerly a large coal processing plant, D-Cube City sets a new standard in mixed-use transit-oriented development, the ICSC said.

Source: Jem website. Jem.

Jem Singapore won a gold/sustainable award in this category. The 76,000 sq m mall with 235 stores is owned by Lend Lease Retail Investments 3 and Lend Lease Commercial Investments. Jem’s design by SAA Architects used more than 100% green replacement in the building’s construction, as well as an array of energy-saving measures woven into the architecture and infrastructure.

The 108,470 sq m iapm Mall in Shanghai, China won the silver award in the same category. Owned by Sun Hung Kai Properties, the 200-store mall is designed by Benoy. Iapm offers 'shoppertainment', housing luxury fashion brands, a lifestyle store, an IMAX cinema and global delicacies.

SM Aura Premier was the second silver award winner. The 199,616 sq m mall is in Taguig, Philippines, and owned by SM Prime Holdings. The mall is a fashion, dining and entertainment destination, and features a six-level retail area with 206 stores, three levels of underground parking, and a 30-storey office tower with a 360-degree view of the city.

Other mentions included the 87,000 sq m INDIGO integrated mixed-use development in Beijing, China, with 170 stores. Owned by Swire Properties and Sino-Ocean Land Holdings and designed by Benoy, the INDIGO development is an which includes a shopping centre, a hotel, office space, and more than 1,200 car parking spaces, all with direct access to Beijing Metro Line 14.

Malaysia’s green-rated Setia City Mall has a retail and food & beverage mix to provide families with fun and affordable centre experiences. The 734,752 sq m mall in Shah Alam has 220 stores, and is owned by Greenhill Resources.

Source: Siam Center Company. Siam Center.

Under the Renovations & Expansions category, The Siam Center, The Ideaopolis renovation project in Bangkok, Thailand, took home a gold award. Owned by Siam Piwat Company, Siam Center carries exclusive product lines and services, hosts year-round art exhibitions, and has a total retail space of 21,210 sq m over 145 stores. 

Mrs. Chadatip Chutrakul, Chief Executive Officer, Siam Piwat Company, shared that the renovation project Siam Center, the Ideaopolis has won Asia Pacific Shopping Center Awards for two consecutive years, and is Thailand's only shopping centre to win a 2014 award. "This year, we have won the Gold Award in Design and Development, which serves as a testimony of Siam Piwat's success in introducing innovation and novelty to people's lives and bolsters Siam Piwat's strength in its path toward becoming a global leader of innovative retail," she said.

The project also marks a first in that a shopping centre and all of its retail stores have joined forces to create unique displays and décor exclusively for Siam Center, creating an identity that contributes to the uniqueness of the mall.

The Highpoint Shopping Centre redevelopment in Maribyrnong, Australia was presented with a silver award in the Renovation & Expansion category. Highpoint Shopping Centre’s US$300 million renovation included the addition of 100 new stores across premium fashion and lifestyle brands, providing Melbourne residents an enhanced shopping experience.The mall has retail space of 145,600 sq m across 491 stores, and is owned by Highpoint Property Group, the GPT Wholesale Shopping Centre Fund, and The GPT Group.

Another silver went to Plaza Singapura Singapore from the CapitaMall Trust stable, for a new extension that was completed in February 2013. The mall has total retail space of 57,541 sq m and 324 stores. Designed by Benoy, Plaza Singapura’s signature flowing ribbon façade houses a one-stop shopping experience with some 330 fashion, dining, entertainment and lifestyle offerings. A new extension seamlessly links the office building and shopping mall with transport links and the surroundings, according to Singapore's RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers' website. RSP oversaw the renovation. 

Finalists included Choi Yuen Plaza in Hong Kong with 132,281 sq m of retail space spanning 107 stores. Owned by The Link Management, Choi Yuen Plaza’s renovation features a footbridge with a timber roof, streamlined decking and benches amidst greenery. Retail offerings were expanded.

The 133-store Leung King Plaza in Hong Kong, which has total retail space of 165,068 sq m, is owned by The Link Management. Leung King Plaza’s two-year asset enhancement project updated its infrastructure and interior design, as well as its exterior façades and courtyards.

Owned by the Fashion TV Building Owners Association, the 148 stores in Lotte FITIN in Seoul’s Dongdaemun Market area provides young trendsetters with an organised and secure shopping environment, housing designer shops and restaurants from Seoul’s fashionable districts. The mall spreads out over 18,513 sq m.

The New Glorietta in Makati City, the Philippines, encompasses five hotels, two office towers, two residential high-rises, and extensive retail zones. Owned by Ayala Land, there are 219 stores spanning 233,696 sq m.

Australia's Roxburgh Park Shopping Centre’s expansion, resulting in total retail space of 24,730 sq m—a doubling in size, has delivered a main street environment to the community, providing cafes and restaurants, fresh food and daily shopping needs. Owned and developed by the CFS Retail Property Trust Group, shoppers can visit 53 stores at this mall. 

The full set of winners can be viewed here.

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